Roy W. Dean Film Grant Accepting Submissions for Summer Grant

Celebrating its 30th year, the Roy W. Dean Film Grants is now accepting submissions for its 2021 Summer Grant.


The Roy W. Dean Film Grants are awarded 3 times each year to films that are unique films and that make a contribution to society.  From the Heart Productions, the 501(c)3 non-profit sponsoring the grant, is also offering the Britt Penrod Award this year to an applicant with a film that makes an exceptional contribution to society.

The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is open to documentaries, narrative features, short films, and web series. They must be budgeted at $500,000 or less.  Films can be at any stage of production. Students are welcome to apply.

Winner of the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Summer will receive $3,500 in cash and thousands more in donated film products and services including a $429.00 4tb OWC Elite Pro Dock hard drive from OWC, $1,295.00 Scholarship to Writers Boot Camp, a 30% Discount by Jerry Deaton for Music Post Production Services at AudioKut, original music and sound mix from Jeff Alan at Alan Audio Works, $750 in Grant Writing Services from Karen Everett of New Doc Editing, and more from many heartfelt donors.

Filmmakers can apply here.  Deadline for submission to the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Summer is June 30th, 2021.

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 Gets Help for Their Project by Just 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 here.

For any questions, please email [email protected] or call 805-984-0098.