What is a Fiscal Sponsorship?
AFS MAKE Members (and above) can submit their projects for fiscal sponsorship. If approved, If approved, the filmmaker can apply through AFS to government granting agencies and foundations that will only grant funds to non-profit organizations. Fiscally sponsored projects can also solicit tax-deductible donations from private individuals and businesses. However, fiscal sponsorship is not appropriate for all projects, and in order to qualify, projects must be noncommercial in nature, and the filmmaker may not also raise funds by soliciting investors.
How do I donate to AFS Sponsored Projects?
Interested in donating to an AFS sponsored project? If you know which film you’d like to contribute to, you’re welcome to scroll through the films below – the list is in alphabetical order and easy to navigate. If you don’t have a specific project in mind but are still interested in supporting a local filmmaker, we encourage you to browse through the list. Click on each page for more information on the project and the filmmakers behind the vision.
For more information about the program and how to apply or donate, please contact our Filmmaker Support Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A STRIKE AND AN UPRISING
An experimental documentary looking at the San Antonio pecan shellers’ strike of 1938 and the Jobs with Justice march led by Nacogdoches cafeteria workers, groundskeepers, and housekeepers in 1987.
BAGATELLE is a social satire art-house film in the vein of masterworks of Otar Iosseliani, Luis Buñuel, and Pierre Étaix, who are major influences.
BECOMING LESLIE is a hybrid documentary that reveals the inner and bizarre world of Albert Leslie Cochran, a rebellious, cross-dressing homeless man who became the most unlikely civic symbol of Austin, Texas.
BRAIN IN PROGRESS
BRAIN IN PROGRESS is a docuseries directed and presented by Seema Mathur, an award-winning medical journalist and filmmaker. Never has
CALL HER GANDA
Grassroots activists in the Philippines are spurred into action when a local transgender woman is found dead in a motel room with a 19-year-old U.S. marine as the leading suspect.
CRYING LAUGHING: THE STORY OF THE ONION
From the filmmakers behind Winnebago Man and Chop & Steele comes a feature length comedy documentary about the trials and tribulations of America’s finest news source, THE ONION.
DISBELIEVER explores the denaturing of American childhood and the unexpected consequences of immersing young minds in the virtual realm.
With two homeless lovers’ journey as the through-line, DIRTY FEATHERS weaves in and out of an overwhelmed shelter and a
DON’T YOU GO NOWHERE
A jazz dynamo belts his way through his weekly set until he makes an unexpected connection with an audience member
EAST TEXAS COWBOYS
About the Project When most of us think of cowboys, we envision dramatic, open spaces of the West—rugged, weathered men
EXIT STRATEGY: FROM SCARED TO SACRED
Exit Strategy: From Scared to Sacred is a feature documentary exploring the death positive movement, a philosophy that encourages open dialogue about feelings surrounding death.
FAILING FORWARD: ON THE ROAD TO SOCIAL IMPACT
This short documentary profiles a nonprofit organization using rigorous data collection and analysis to achieve meaningful changes in the lives of the people it serves.
FOR THE RECORD
In a small Texas Panhandle town, which over the decades has lived through oil booms and busts, devastating wildfires, and
GOOD NIGHT BLUES: THE DONN’S DEPOT STORY
A civil engineer and an Elvis-loving, piano-playing tire salesman transform an abandoned train depot & some derelict rail cars into an oasis of community, friendship & music.
INQUIRER: GENE ROBERTS AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF NEWSPAPERS
INQUIRER tells the story of the legendary newspaper editor Gene Roberts, often called the best editor in the country at a time when newspapers had unprecedented resources and impact.
HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS
An anxious, aging millennial Arab-American Austin transplant goes on a mission to find the platonic love of her life after realizing she’s never had one lasting female friend, but will have to figure out how to befriend herself first.
IT’S IN THE VOICES
IT’S IN THE VOICES is a short documentary that explores the origins of the nationally-recognized Washington County Oral History Program. Mississippi historian Clint Bagley revisits his 1975 interview that sparked the program; a conversation with an elderly school teacher named Daisy Greene.
KINDERLAND tells the story of two rival Jewish summer camps – one Communist, the other Socialist – founded in upstate
LIVING SPRINGS is an interactive documentary about Barton Springs, Austin’s most beloved natural resource.
A vulnerable octogenarian is trapped inside his nursing home in Austin, Texas during an endless 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. Determined to
ON DYING OF DEMENTIA IN A CAPITALIST SYSTEM
Personal and political merge in a short animation documentary that takes an intimate look at both the business and the humanity of dying.
RETURN TO SENDER
RETURN TO SENDER is a documentary film that explores the public policy and practical challenges of providing real world services to prisoners as they prepare for re-entry and reintegration into society.
SHADY SHORES: THE TRAGEDY OF CLINTON LEE YOUNG
SHADY SHORES: THE TRAGEDY OF CLINTON LEE YOUNG will tell the whole inside story of the crimes for the first time, document the historic second trial and reveal the remarkable story of the Dutch woman who moved over 5,000 miles to become a Texas attorney to champion his case.
Four anglers of different age, gender, ethnicity and income prepare to compete in the world’s largest shark fishing tournament to win a $30,000 prize.
SOUTHERN STORYTELLERS will take us deep into the American South, and into the communities of the region’s top writers –
THE ACT OF READING
A retired high school English teacher is confronted by a former student who failed her class 15 years prior. He then involves her in a feature-length documentary about Moby-Dick and the science of reading.
Turning Texas will tell the history of Latino voting in Texas and one women’s fight to ensure that Latino voices
UNTITLED 19TH* NEWS DOCUMENTARY
The Untitled 19th* News Film documents the first years of a revolutionary news startup that is challenging the status quo
SNAKE BOAT GAMES
In this celebratory story centered around an ancient royal sporting tradition of racing war boats, Sunil Kumar, who hails from a long line of prominent boat captains, strategically prepares to race his team for their village’s glory in the ancient tradition of “Vallam Kali”(meaning “Snake Boat Games”), keeping alive 400 years of rich regional cultural heritage.
In 1980s Czechoslovakia an emerging generation took inspiration from alternative culture to create their own worldview, politics and eventually, a revolution.
WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND
WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND follows Julian Moreno, the 89-year-old grandfather of filmmaker Iliana Sosa, on his monthly journey from Mexico
WHEN WE WERE LIVE
WHEN WE WERE LIVE is a feature length documentary about the pioneers of Austin’s public access television in the 80’s and 90’s.
WHERE THE TREES BEAR MEAT
WHERE THE TREES BEAR MEAT tells a parallel story of two families of gauchos and talks about the vulnerability of human life in the immensity of nature.