AFS Grants

The 2019 AFS Grant application is now closed. 


The AFS Grant application will return in the spring of 2020 with the following deadlines:

AFS Grant for Feature Projects
Due Monday, June 8, 2020 (by 5 PM CT)


AFS Grant for Short Projects
Due Friday, September 4, 2020 (by 5 PM CT)


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 $1.97 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 the spring, we will host AFS Grant Workshops where we review the application and answer questions about applying for film production funds from AFS. There are no workshops scheduled for the fall, but you can watch a recorded workshop here.

For each cycle, 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 afterwards.

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


AFS Grant Online Instructions for Short Films

2019 Budget Summary Cover Form

2019 AFS Blank Budget Form

2019 AFS Grant Narrative Feature

2019 AFS Grant Doc Sample

2019 AFS Grant Short Sample Application 1

2019 AFS Grant Short Sample Application 2


Thanks to our 2019 AFS Grant supporters

Thanks To Our Annual Sponsors