Sponsored Films

AFS MAKE members can submit their projects for fiscal sponsorship. If approved, the filmmaker can use AFS’s 501 (c)(3) status as an “umbrella” when applying to government granting agencies and foundations that will only grant funds to non-profit organizations. Fiscally sponsored projects can also solicit tax-deductible donations from private individuals and businesses. Fiscal sponsorship is not appropriate for all projects. In order to qualify, the projects must be noncommercial in nature and the filmmaker may not also raise funds by soliciting investors. For more information about the program and about how to apply, please contact the AFS Artist Services department by emailing artistservices@austinfilm.org.

EXTERNAL GRANT SUBMISSION FORM *Please only fill this out if you are already an AFS fiscally sponsored project. If you are planning to submit to a grant, please use this form so we can evaluate your request. Please allow 4-6 weeks in order to process your request. We cannot guarantee approval for last minute requests. Thank you for your understanding.

10:1

This documentary follows this seismic shift in Austin’s political landscape, from the time the candidates signed up to the swearing in ceremony.
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A STRIKE AND AN UPRISING

An experimental documentary looking at the San Antonio pecan shellers’ strike of 1938 and the Jobs with Justice march led by Nacogdoches cafeteria workers, groundskeepers, and housekeepers in 1987.
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ALSO STARRING AUSTIN

ALSO STARRING AUSTIN explores a community’s rapidly changing built & natural environment and unique culture through its locally shot films.
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BAGATELLE

BAGATELLE is a social satire art-house film in the vein of masterworks of Otar Iosseliani, Luis Buñuel, and Pierre Étaix, who are major influences.
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BORN WITH IT

With a pool of 46 talented grandchildren to choose from, legendary bluesman R.L. Burnside chose 13-year-old Cedric as apprentice.
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BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM

Uncovers the story of the virtually invisible undocumented construction workers upon whose backs and hard labor the boom is built.
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COME AND TAKE IT: THE JESSICA JIN STORY

COME AND TAKE IT: THE JESSICA JIN STORY captures the transformation of a young woman to leadership of America’s most inspired anti-gun violence movement called Cocks Not Glocks.
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EVENT OF THE SEASON

Burning a living, breathing human being at the stake is never simply a matter of murder or lynching. It’s an act of terror, monstrosity and madness, and the resultant damage, in terms of moral, cultural and sociological ruin are hardly quantifiable.
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Experimental Response Cinema

Experimental Response Cinema is an Austin-based collective of artists, devoted to bringing moving-image art to screens throughout our city.
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GOOD ‘OL GIRL

There is a steady rise of Texas women inheriting family ranches from their fathers.
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HONKY TONK HEAVEN

HONKY TONK HEAVEN is a feature-length documentary that takes a look at the Broken Spoke, a legendary dance hall and local landmark in Austin, and about the significance it holds in Texas’ cultural history.
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I’M GOING TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME

I’M GOING TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME is a tragi-comedic story told between two weddings; one exceptional and the other legal.
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IN THE AIR

IN THE AIR plays in three movements built around a continuous musical score, visually expansive or intimate by turns, carrying us through sunset (the past), night (the present), and sunrise (the future) on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.
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THE INCIDENT AT THE BELLWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE

Carl Beesley, my grandfather, accidentally shot and killed a 9-year-old boy during a school play. Eighty-years after my grandfather’s incident, my brother Tim accidentally shot and killed a man. The Incident at Bellwood Schoolhouse discoveries how these tragic events are connected.
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THE JUANI BEGOOD SHOW

THE JUANI BEGOOD SHOW is a comedy web series based in Austin, TX about those everyday rejections and uncomfortable situations we all face.
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UNTITLED JENNIFER LAUDE DOCUMENTARY

Grassroots activists in the Philippines are spurred into action when a local transgender woman is found dead in a motel room with a 19-year-old U.S. marine as the leading suspect.
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LESLIE

LESLIE is a hybrid documentary that reveals the inner and bizarre world of Albert Leslie Cochran, a rebellious, cross-dressing homeless man who became the most unlikely civic symbol of Austin, Texas.
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LIVING SPRINGS

LIVING SPRINGS is an interactive documentary about Barton Springs, Austin’s most beloved natural resource.
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MAJOR

In August 1899 Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor became the first African-American World Champion in any sport.
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PORVENIR, TEXAS

THE MASSACRE AT PORVENIR is an expository documentary detailing the historical events surrounding the killing of fifteen innocent people in Porvenir, Texas in 1918.
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FOXY TROT

FOXY TROT is a lighthearted, romantic comedy about a lesbian couple who take beginning ballroom dance lessons in Austin, TX.
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THE NEWSPAPERMAN

THE NEWSPAPERMAN tells the story of the legendary newspaper editor Gene Roberts, often called the best editor in the country at a time when newspapers had unprecedented resources and impact.
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RETURN TO SENDER

RETURN TO SENDER is a documentary film that explores the public policy and practical challenges of providing real world services to prisoners as they prepare for re-entry and reintegration into society.
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ROSA

Rosa is about a young Mexican-American aspiring actress, who finds out just as she is about to enter college, that she is undocumented and ineligible for student aid.
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SEADRIFT

In 1979, the fatal shooting of a white crabber in a small Texas fishing village ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese fishing communities along the Gulf Coast.
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THE SECRET LIFE OF LANCE LETSCHER

This feature-length documentary follows Austin-based, internationally known, collage artist Lance Letscher as he prepares for two gallery exhibitions of his intricately designed paper collage as well as his momentous departure from paper to metal as he creates a large outdoor mural in the hip business district of South Congress Avenue.
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SEEKERS

In April of 2012, three families stepped out of their urban homes, locked their doors, and began a journey that would take them into the remote forests of Northern Wisconsin for an entire year.
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THE SEER: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY

Wendell Berry, poet and prophet of rural America, looks through a forty-paned window. A long-time advocate for land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place, Berry challenges us to imagine a better, healthier, saner world.
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THE SENSITIVES

THE SENSITIVES is an intimate, verité film focused on families put to the test by ​an ​unknown illness.​
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EL LUGAR DE LA MEMORIA

EL LUGAR DE LA MEMORIA is a meditative portrait of memory and grief in rural Mexico.
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SPEAK FOR ME

SPEAK FOR ME is the story of Texas women speaking out for reproductive justice.
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STUMPED

When filmmaker Will Lautzenheiser suddenly becomes a quadrilateral amputee, he turns to stand-up comedy as therapy.
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THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE: A LAND ART FILM

THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE: A LAND ART FILM follows art collective Postcommodity as they strive to construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border.
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THE TROUBLE WITH RAY

Highlights the life and 40-year career of gay and civil rights activist Ray Hill and his trajectory from out Texas quarterback in 1958 to 74 year-old advocate, working to stay relevant in a world he’s helped change.
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UNTITLED ISRAELI FOOTBALL PROJECT

With ten teams throughout the country, the Kraft Family Israel Football League is a thriving collective of disparate nationalities, religions, ages and skill levels all united with the goal of playing American Football in the Holy Land.
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VINYL GENERATION

In 1980s Czechoslovakia an emerging generation took inspiration from alternative culture to create their own worldview, politics and eventually, a revolution.
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WHEN WE WERE LIVE

WHEN WE WERE LIVE is a feature length documentary about the pioneers of Austin’s public access television in the 80’s and 90’s.
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SOCIAL IMPACT

This short documentary profiles a nonprofit organization using rigorous data collection and analysis to achieve meaningful changes in the lives of the people it serves.
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THE RIVER AND THE WALL

Two Texans and two immigrants embark on an epic 1,200-mile journey down the Rio Grande river and the U.S.- Mexico border to experience the vast landscapes before construction of a border wall.
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THE ACT OF READING

A retired high school English teacher is confronted by a former student who failed her class 15 years prior. He then involves her in a feature-length documentary about Moby-Dick and the science of reading.
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NOTHING STAYS THE SAME: THE STORY OF THE SAXON PUB

A feature-length documentary that explores the challenges – and triumphs – faced by musicians and
music venues in a rapidly growing city as seen through the lens of Austin’s Saxon Pub.
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NOTHIN’ NO BETTER

Come on home to this tough old Delta town, where the scars of slavery and segregation run deep. Some folks make it good here, most don’t, that’s the way it’s always been. But when the walls crumble and weeds creep in, there’s nothin’ no better than to hear the music you were raised on, and drink a good cold beer.
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BETO VS. CRUZ: THE FIGHT FOR 2018

Incumbent Ted Cruz (R) faces long shot challenger Beto O’Rourke (D) in a fight to represent a polarized Texas electorate and tip the balance of power in the US Senate.
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