AFS Grants

The 2019 AFS Grant cycle for narrative and documentary feature applications and Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund-eligible shorts and features is now closed.

A second AFS Grant cycle will open in September exclusively for short film applications.

Every year, AFS awards grants to emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas through our AFS Grant. The Austin Film Society has now given out $1.86 million in cash and over $300K in goods and services to 500+ film and video projects since the program began in 1996. In addition to grants for production, post-production, and distribution, we provide cash stipends to Texas filmmakers traveling to prestigious film festivals through its AFS Travel Grant program. Check out past grant recipients here.

Awards are provided to artists whose work shows promise, skill, and creativity. Grant recipients have shown their films at renowned festivals like Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Tribeca, Venice, Rotterdam and SXSW and have been nominated for Gotham Awards, won Independent Spirit Awards and Student Academy Awards. The Austin Film Society is proud to support these Texas filmmakers making their mark in the world.

In AFS Grant Workshops we will review the application and answer questions about applying for film production funds from AFS. See our calendar for upcoming workshops or watch a recorded workshop.

In August, an independent panel of esteemed professionals from the national film community convene to review applications and administer awards. Award announcements are posted on our website at the conclusion of the panel session and grant disbursements are made in the fall.

Please email us at if you have any questions regarding the grant.


AFS Grant Online Instructions

2019 Budget Summary Cover Form

2019 AFS Grant Narrative Feature

2019 AFS Grant Doc Sample

2019 AFS Grant Short Sample Application

2019 AFS Blank Budget Form

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