Film Grant

The film award consists of a grant of $5000 to a U.S. filmmaker 35 or under at the time of application for the production of a short film that will be shown as a private screening with the filmmaker in attendance at the annual Davey Foundation Film Showcase at the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City in December of the grant year.

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2014 Davey Foundation Film Grant:  Ben Kegan. Ben is a New York-based filmmaker, currently studying in the MFA Film program at Columbia University. His script, “The First Men,” is the culmination of Ben’s and producer- student Chandra Silver’s work in the MFA Film program at Columbia University. An adaptation of Stacey Richter’s Pushcart Prize-winning short story, “The First Men” is a dark comedy about a mother, a daughter, a student, and a day at the mall.Kegan update 1

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This year’s panel was Dustin Guy Defa, Ashly Burch, Patrick Waldrop, Kenny Riches, Brooke Wilkinson, and Pat Fugit.  They worked very hard reading 150 excellent scripts.

Tickets to see Ben’s film along with some of David’s work at the 2014 Davey Foundation Film Showcase is available here NOW.  Last year’s event was a sellout, so consider getting your tickets early!

Thank you to all the applicants!  The film grant application window will open again on January 15, 2015, and close on March 15, 2015.   Hope to see scripts from you next year!