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Roy W. Dean Film Grant

The final Roy W. Dean Film Grant of 2021 is now accepting submissions.  Awarded to a unique film that makes a contribution to society, the winner receives $3,000 cash, $30,000 in film services to finish their project.  Deadline to apply is October 31st, 2021.

Every Applicant to the Grant Will Receive a Free eBook on Creating Your Pitch and Proposal

The eBook, Creating Your Pitch and Proposal, was written by Carole Dean, President of From the Heart Productions and author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts. The eBook offers over 70 pages of excellent information on what filmmakers need to land investors, win grants, and close donors.  A copy will be sent out to applicants after book is released on September 1st.

Now in its 30th year, the grant is offered by non-profit From the Heart Productions. Over 3 decades, the grant has awarded over $2,500,000 to filmmakers to help them complete their projects.  Submissions can be documentaries, short films, narrative features, or web series.

Grant Includes Film Score and Animation Services to Winner

Award winning composer David Raiklen will give the grant recipient $15,000 in theme music for their project.  David provided music for the Emmy and Roy W. Dean Grant winning documentary Mia: A Dancer’s Journey.  Emmy winner, Charlie Canfield will provide a discount of $6,000.00 in animation. Charlie provided animation for Roy W. Dean Grant Winner Penny

Other donated goods and services that will go to the winner of the grant include a one week DSLR camera package rental from Birns & Sawyer,  20% discount on the design of your marketing sheet by award winning designer Dan Chapman, 50% off of story structure services by Karen Everett of New Doc Editing, and much more from many heartfelt donors

New Britt Penrod Award

For each of the Roy W. Dean Grants in 2021, $500 will be awarded to grant applicant with a film that is unique but also makes an exceptional contribution to society. The grant is made possible by a generous donation by its namesake, Britt Penrod, who has been a great supporter of independent films.  Winner of this award does not need to be the Roy W. Dean Grant recipient. 

Every Filmmaker Also is Offered a Free Consultation for Applying

Since its inception, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant has offered something for applicants that is itself unique for a grant.  Every filmmaker that applies for the grant has the opportunity to receive a 15-minute consultation on their submission.  Filmmakers can get advice on how to find funding, build up a database of donors or investors, market their film, and more. 

More information on the grant can be found at

For any questions, please email or call 805-984-0098

Experiments in Cinema v17.2

Production Company: Basement Films
About: Experiments in Cinema v17.2 call for submissions!! Basement Films’ annual international film festival is proud to announce our call for submissions for Experiments in Cinema v17.2 (April 19-23 with an additional online version May 9-16).

Our call for submissions is open from August 1 – November 1, 2021 so don’t wait! See for our online submissions form or use the form on Film Freeway.

For additional information contact festival director Bryan Konefsky at or print traffic controller Nicole Delmar at

We are seeking new and old moving image art that will engage audiences with the magic and wonder that IS un-dependent cinema!  Submissions might be (but are not limited to) essay films, dance films, film poems, structural films, post-structural films, post-post structural films, underground films, abstract films, experimental narratives, experimental documentaries, video installations, transgressive films, portrait films, political rant films… Challenge us and make us happy .

If your creative output requires fancy press packages, agents to be contacted, a world premiere, descriptions like “…think The Little Mermaid on steroids…,” or character development that can only be understood in terms of a traditional narrative arc,  you might do well to find a different festival to screen your film.

Please note that for the third year Experiments in Cinema WILL be paying screening fees to all participating artists!

Experiments in Cinema v17.2 Bryan Konefsky, Founder/Director, Experiments in Cinema, el presidente, Basement Films
Bryan Konefsky
Producer: Basement Films
Dates: August 1 – November 1
Contact Phone: 505-916-1635


film Festival for Comic and Super hero fans at Santa Fe Comic Con Oct 22-24 2021
Providing a weekend of Film, Celebrity guests, panels, workshops and more!

Contact us for sponsorship opportunities!

Judged by a panel of industry luminaries, the Comics In Film Festival accepts genre-related films in the following categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture–Related), Horror/Suspense, Humor, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. Awards and prizes will be given out at Comic-Con, with film screenings all three days of the event.
To qualify as a “genre film” your movie must have at least one (or a combination) of the following themes: horror, fantasy, science-fiction, comic-book, superhero, fan-fiction, animation and parody.

August 10, 2021 Earlybird Deadline
August 30, 2021 Regular Deadline
September 20, 2021 Extended Deadline

Haydenfilms 1.0 Screenwriting Competition for New Mexico Filmmakers

Haydenfilms Institute (HFI) Announces a Call for Submissions for the $10,000 Haydenfilms 1.0 Screenwriting Competition, featuring pilots and screenplays open to all genres! Plus: HFI will include a short film script competition also open to all genres and subject matter where the top four finalists will receive $1,000 each.

Apply via filmfreeway and use code ERICHFI2020 for %15 off the submission cost.