From the Heart Productions: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: From the Heart Productions' Roy Dean grants are awarded to short films, low budget independent features, web series, and documentaries.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks out interesting films that shine a light on little-known subjects.

PROFILE: Carole Dean started her career in the film industry selling unused film stock to filmmaker friends who could not otherwise afford it. Dean eventually turned this side gig into Studio Film & Tape, which would become the largest reseller of Maxwell, Fuji, and Sony tape stock. While running her company, she established From the Heart Productions, which has been awarding grants to filmmakers since 1993.

From the Heart’s main grantmaking vehicle is its Roy W. Dean grantmaking program. Dean grants are fairly modest at around $3,500, however, the foundation offers its grantees a host of other valuable services such as discounts on production, publicity, legal services, and products. Click here for a full list of discounted products and services From the Heart offers grantees. Grants are limited to short films, low budget independent features, documentaries, and web series.

To learn more about the types of film projects supported by From the Heart, explore its list of previous grant winners.

Filmmakers located anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply for a Dean grant. The foundation operates three grant cycles per year. Unsolicited grant applications are accepted three times per year, in the spring, summer, and fall.  

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