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 bring attention to little-known subjects.
PROFILE: Created in 1993, From the Heart Productions was founded by Carole Dean, who 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. The organization seeks to help “independent filmmakers with unique films that contribute to society get their films funded.” From the Heart’s main grantmaking program is its Roy W. Dean Film Grants 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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