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We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2015 Short Film Grants.  They are:  

Lauren Wolkstein (Beemus: It’ll End in Tears)

A. Stephen Lee (The Sounds of Coin Hitting Brass)

Ted Schaefer (The Zeno Question)

Utah Local Recipient:

Nick Dixon (Mine)

Thank you to all our jurors, but especially to guest juror David Zellner, director of Kumiko the Treasure Hunter.

Special thanks to Film Exchange and Anthony Pedone for making two of these grants possible.

You can read more about the winners and their films here.  

PLEASE  VISIT OUR 2014 ANNUAL REPORT, AND SEE THE EXCITING 2014 THE DAVEY FOUNDATION HAD!

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The Davey Foundation was created to honor the life of David Ross Fetzer and his commitment to the film and theatre arts. The Foundation is excited to make available grants to filmmakers and playwrights 35 and younger for the development of innovative film and theatre projects, and to provide the mentoring framework that will allow young artists to flourish.

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  1. I’ve written a short alien sci if that could use support. It’s all in 3d and pre production is 75% completed . The screen play, animatic, modeling, texturing, and rigging are all done. I would like to hire character animator, vfx artists, and sound mixers to complete this project. Would I have a shot of obtaining funding?

    1. Our grant cycle begins each year in January and ends on May 1 with the announcement of grant recipients. If you fit the qualifications, we’d love to hear from you in January, 2016.

  2. We’ve turned in an application for our short film. We are planning to revise the script again and I feel that it can be under 20 pages. Can you still read revisions if we send it before the grant decision later this month?

  3. Hi there,

    I am curious as to where do we go to apply for the grant? I too am an emerging artist, I am currently in college right now majoring in film and video. In fact, next semester is going to be my advanced filmmaking course, and we are required to do fundraising for the project. This would really help me and my team to create the vision we ensure to go after. So I am wondering, where exactly do we go to apply?

    -Paul

    1. We understand that the 35 and under rule can definitely be limiting, but we set that age because we felt it would help identify artists at a certain stage in their artistic development. Since this is only our second year of grants, we may open up the age restriction in the future, but who knows. I wouldn’t fret though, there are many grant giving organizations out there. Here’s a link that may help you: http://nofilmschool.com/2014/12/massive-list-grants-part-4-winter-deadlines-filmmakers-should-know-about

    1. Right now we are only accepting projects by US residents – that is, a filmmaker living or studying in the United States for a year or longer. As this is only our second year of giving grants, we may open it up worldwide in the future, but the board will have to make that decision as our foundation grows.

  4. If we crowd fund the rest of our budget for the short film, or are planning to launch a crowd funding campaign, would that disqualify us from competing for the grant?

    1. Definitely not. In fact, we encourage filmmakers to do so. If you need additional funding to create your vision without compromise, you should be very realistic and safe with your budget, and if our grant isn’t enough, you should plan those Crowd funding campaigns well in advance of your production.

    1. Right now we are only accepting projects by US residents – that is, a filmmaker living or studying in the United States for a year or longer. As this is only our second year of giving grants, we may open it up worldwide in the future, but the board will have to make that decision as our foundation grows.

  5. Is this grant opened for worldwide filmmakers?
    Hope to find the answer soon, because am out of US and ‘d like to benefit this!

    Regards.

    1. Right now we are only accepting projects by US residents – that is, a filmmaker living or studying in the United States for a year or longer. As this is only our second year of giving grants, we may open it up worldwide in the future, but the board will have to make that decision as our foundation grows.

  6. Hi there. Can people from other countries participate? I’m from Brazil, and I’m very interested in this. Thank you for your consideration,
    Ana Carolina Betarello

    1. Right now we are only accepting projects by US residents – that is, a filmmaker living or studying in the United States for a year or longer. As this is only our second year of giving grants, we may open it up worldwide in the future, but the board will have to make that decision as our foundation grows.

  7. I submitted an application to Kenny Riches, but I have not gotten any feedback on whether or not it’s being considered. Do you know when I should check back with him?

    1. Hi Yutaka,
      We review all applications after the deadline, but looking at your project I see the script you applied with exceeds our 20 page limit. Do you have another script to submit or is it possible to cut the current one down?

      1. I understand that the script may be a bit long, and it may get shortened to about 30-35 pages. I feel though if it were cut shorter than that much of the story would be discarded. If it’s more of a financial concern, we’ve already budgeted the script and estimate a total cost just under 5,000.

  8. Good evening,
    I am a playwright as well as work in short and indie films. I’m curious on finding a way to submit for one of these possible grants.
    Any information would be very helpful.

    Thanks,

    Joshua
    317-213-9903

    1. Joshua,

      All grant information is on the grant pages, either theatre or film. On each page there is a link to the pertinent application. Let me know if you still have trouble finding that info.

      Best,

      Betsy

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