Time Warner Foundation: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The Time Warner Foundation supports diverse filmmaking schools and institutions.

IP TAKE: While this funder supports some smaller filmmaking institutions, it prioritizes larger institutions. Grantseekers should contact the organization to establish a relationship. 

PROFILE: The Time Warner Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the media corporation and its substantial subsidiary companies. The foundation seeks “innovative and powerful ways to discover, nurture, and celebrate the next generation of storytellers.” One of the ways in which Time Warner does so is through its support of filmmaking schools and institutions.

Unfortunately, Time Warner's website offers little information regarding grants and grant amounts. Tax filings reveal grant amounts to be fairly substantial, and range from $25,000 to over $300,000. Time Warner tends to support larger institutions such as the Sundance Institute and the American Film Institute; however, it also supports grants to smaller organizations, such as the Black Filmmaker Foundation and Ghetto Film School.

For an idea of what kind of organization it supports, explore its grants page. The Time Warner Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding.


  • Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President