The  2017 AFS grant will open April 17, 2017. To receive updates, please join our mailing list below. 

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Once a year, AFS awards grants to emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas through our AFS Grant (formerly known as the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund, or TFPF). The Austin Film Society has now given out $1.7 million in cash and 332K in goods and services to over 495 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.

In August, an independent panel of esteemed professionals from the national film community convene in Austin 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.

Thanks to our 2017 AFS Grant supporters:


This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at

AFS Grant Application Documents
Name Owner Date  
2016_Budget_Summary_Cover_Form   3/29/2016 4:51:31 PM    
2016 AFS Grant Budget Cover Form

AFS Grant Online Instructions   3/29/2016 12:17:17 PM    
2016 AFS Grant Application Instructions

2016_AFS_Blank-Budget-Form   3/23/2016 4:56:52 PM    

2016 AFSG Short Narrative Sample   3/23/2016 12:16:23 PM    
Sample application of a narrative short.

2016 AFSG Feature Doc Sample   3/23/2016 12:15:40 PM    
Sample application of a feature documentary.

2016 AFSG Narrative Sample Application   3/23/2016 12:15:16 PM    
Sample Application for a Narrative Feature
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