AFS Grants

The 2020 AFS Grant application for feature-length films is now open. The cycle closes on June 8th at 5 PM. Please visit the applications page to see our links to apply.


AFS Grant for Feature Projects

Opens May 6th.

Due Monday, June 8, 2020
(by 5 PM CT)

AFS Grant for Short Projects

Opens July 29th.

Closes Friday, September 4, 2020
(by 5 PM CT)


Since its inception in 1996, the AFS Grant has awarded over $2 million in cash grants and $340,000 in-kind goods and services to 425 Texas filmmakers, creating life-changing opportunities for artists traditionally under-represented in the film industry and working outside large industry centers. In addition to grants for development, 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 via Zoom where we review the application and answer questions about applying for film production funds from AFS. You can find the upcoming workshops 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.






2020 AFS Grant Instructions

2020 Blank Budget Summary Cover Form

AFS Blank Budget Form

Sample Budget Summary Cover Form

2020 Narrative Feature Sample Application

2020 Doc Feature Sample Application

Watch a video sample from one of last year’s funded projects.
Video sample password: august

Download the AFS Grant Workshop Presentation Slides

Thanks to our 2020 AFS Grant supporters

Thanks To Our Annual Sponsors