Navigate to the drop down menu below to find the application instructions, application form, downloads, and sample applications from previous years.
The 2022 AFS Grant for Feature Films, AFS Grant for Short Films, and Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund application cycles are now closed.
AFS Travel Grant applications are open year-round with the application linked to in the dropdown page below.
AFS Grant Fund
Applications for the AFS Grant for Short Films and Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund for students are now closed.
2022 AFS Grant for Short Films & Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund Online Instructions
Sample Budget Summary Cover Form
AFS Grant for Short Films – Sample Application #1
The Travel Grant Application Cycle is closed until September 2022. Please read below for eligibility and specific guidelines.
AFS travel grants are awarded to Texas-based filmmakers to assist with the costs of participation in competitive film festivals around the world. Independent filmmakers often have minimal access to financial support during this key moment for filmmakers to share their work with future stakeholders and develop relationships in the industry.
While travel is suspended for most during the pandemic, AFS is still offering grant funds on a discretionary basis for filmmakers premiering at major festivals. We are offering these funds as both traditional AFS travel grants if you plan to attend a festival that will have an in-person program (review guidelines here), or, as a one-time AFS distribution grant if your film will have a virtual premiere.
Guidelines for the one-time distribution grant:
Texas-based filmmakers with official acceptances to select festivals may apply for a one-time cash award–$1000 for short films or $1500 for feature films–to assist with distribution costs associated with premiering a film at a virtual film festival.
– World premieres
– Feature-length or short films
Filmmakers are not eligible for this grant if they have already received an AFS Grant to support distribution activities, or if they have already received AFS Travel grant funds for the same project. Filmmakers receiving the $1000 distribution grant will not be eligible for further travel grant funds from AFS for this particular film.
AFS Travel Grant guidelines:
Texas-based filmmakers with an official acceptance to a festival on the AFS Travel Grant list are eligible to receive grants in the amount of $500 (for festivals in North America) and $1000 (for a festival outside of North America). Filmmakers must supply proof of travel. Filmmakers can receive a total of $1500 in AFS Travel grants in the life of their film.
The following events are eligible for the AFS Travel Grant:
American Film Festival (Wrocław, Poland)
Annecy International Animated Film Festival
Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)
Berlinale Talent Campus
Cannes Film Festival (Film must be accepted in the Official Competition or Critics Week) *Short Film Corner is not eligible
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
Deauville American Film Festival
Edinburgh Film Festival
FIND Screenwriters/Directors Lab
Frameline Film Festival
Full Frame Doc Festival
Galway Film Fleadh
Hamptons International Film Festival
IFP No Borders
IFP Filmmaker Labs
Independent Spirit Awards
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
Locarno Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight
New Directors/New Films
New Orleans Film Festival
New York Film Festival
New York Latino Film Festival
Palm Springs Short Film Festival
Rotterdam Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Slamdance Film Festival
Student Academy Awards
Sundance Film Festival
Telluride Film Festival
Thessaloniki Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto Inside Out Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
True/False Film Festival
Urbanworld Film Festival
Vancouver Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Visions du Réel
Woodstock Film Festival
In developing these lists, festivals and events were selected for the following criteria:
- Must occur outside of Texas
- Are highly competitive
- May lead to distribution, influential reviews, industry connections, etc. for participating filmmakers
Other Festivals and Events
If a filmmaker has a project invited to a festival or event not on the above lists, they can still apply for a travel grant, but they will only be eligible for after-the-fact reimbursement at the end of the fiscal year (Aug. 31) if any Travel Grant funds are still available.
- In addition to the regular requirements for application, the filmmaker should also provide a short profile of the festival or event.
- If there are Travel Grant funds left over at the end of the fiscal year, the AFS Filmmaker Advisory Committee will review the applications to decide whether or not to provide reimbursement for any of these applications and whether or not that festival or event will be put on the “approved list” for the next fiscal year.
- No consideration will be given to festivals or events that are non-competitive in nature, like the Cannes and AFM markets, or that aren’t primarily focused on film and video.
· These grants are intended to help offset costs for filmmakers traveling outside the state, so Texas festivals & events will also not be given consideration.
Why is AFS only interested in traveling filmmakers who are already accepted into major film festivals?
The goal of the travel grant is to help filmmakers towards career leaps by supporting their travel to festivals and events that could make a significant impact on their film’s reach and their career in general. Even those filmmakers who get their films into major film festivals are frequently broke since they’ve spent all their money just finishing their film. The AFS Travel Grant aims to assist Texas filmmakers during this critical moment.
What if I have a film shot in Texas, written by a Texan, produced by a Texan, but directed by someone who lives in New Orleans? Can I apply?
No, sorry, this grant program is designed to help directors from Texas follow their films outside the state.
My film premiered at one of those festivals on the “pre-approved list” in 2019. I spent a fortune at the festival. Can I get the grant?
Filmmakers are encouraged to apply for travel grants before the travel occurs. Unfortunately, we are unable to award travel grants outside of the current fiscal year.
My film got into SXSW and I live in El Paso. Gas is expensive!
Sorry, even though we have a huge state, this program is designed to help filmmakers show their work outside the borders of Texas.
The festival I got into is flying me out and putting me up. Can I still get a travel grant?
Yes. If the festival is on the “pre-approved” list, it’s likely that travel expenses are perhaps only partially covered by the festival, as the support given by the festival was one of the factors in developing the list.
Is it possible to email in the additional documentation rather than mail it?
Yes. If you cannot upload all of your materials or any of your materials are over 4MB in size, you may email them to email@example.com.
What Can I Apply For
Projects may apply for up to $10,000 cash for production or post-production through the AFS Grant fund. Projects may apply for up to $3000 for distribution support. Total cash support from the AFS Grant fund will not exceed $10,000. However, applicants can receive in-kind support valued in excess of the $10,000 cash grant (in other words, applicants can apply to receive in-kind grants on top of $10,000 cash).
The $2,500 Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund Grant goes to an undergraduate student for the making of a short film that will complete a course or degree requirement. Students eligible to receive the grant must be incoming juniors or seniors and must be enrolled as full-time students in a four-year college or university located in Texas.
The selected film must agree to include a credit or thanks to the “Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund” in addition to the crediting requirements of the AFS Grant. Additionally, the selected filmmaker is required to supply a copy of the finished film to the Endowment donors and the parents of Harrison McClure, a promising Texas film student whose life and passion for filmmaking are memorialized by this fund. Those applying for Harrison McClure will only be considered for this special grant and will not be considered for other AFS cash grants.
AFS partners with MPS Camera and Lighting Austin to offer 1 in-kind multi-day camera package rental to 1 award recipient. The grant comes in the form of a certificate from MPS Camera Austin. An awarded certificate must be used by the applying project and cannot be sold. Any unused certificate must be returned to the Austin Film Society. Grantees must meet MPS’ minimum insurance requirements, and package rental is subject to availability. MPS must be credited in the project credits.