Princess Grace Film Awards


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Grant Period: September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Film Grant Opportunity


Please read the below guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility.

SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded to help support students’ thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level. The category of Film is comprised of (but not limited to) narrative/documentary/experimental/animation/hybrid  work, as well as new work including media installations, transmedia, webisodes, interactive web work and other projects where the moving image is the primary component.

These grants will be made in accordance with the student’s thesis project budget; no administrative charges, overhead or indirect costs incurred by the school may be charged against the grant. Should funding be awarded, acknowledgement of winning a Princess Grace Award, including the Princess Grace Awards logo, must appear in film credits/any related materials, and a copy of the completed film must be sent to the Foundation.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time student or matriculated but not yet have completed thesis film
  • Have completed at least one film as a director
  • Be the director of the proposed thesis film

Application Components


Required from Nominee:

  • Complete online application
  • Resume of nominee, including filmography. Please submit a standard resume. Not to exceed two pages; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
  • Thesis project description: Please provide a short synopsis/brief description of your thesis film. The statement should include the format and length (Total Running Time) of the film as well as the style or treatment in visual terms. Be sure to include a timeline for the project, including expected date of completion and what stage in the timeline the project currently stands. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
  • Brief artist statement: Please describe how this project fits into your short and long term artistic, personal, and career goals. Describe the individual approach that you bring to your films. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
  • Script or story summary of the proposed thesis project. Be as specific as possible about the narrative, structure and visual treatment you are planning. You have the option to provide a scene by scene description and/or storyboard in your supplemental materials. Not to exceed one page; minimum font: 12pt; 1” margins.
  • Budget of proposed thesis project: All nominees must complete the online budget worksheet provided within the application. The budget is a key component of your application, and represents your project in quantitative terms. It is important to the panel’s understanding of your project and you are best served by presenting a realistic and accurate budget. Incomplete or inaccurate budgets will be deemed ineligible.
    • PGF-USA funding may not be applied to expenses incurred prior to September 1, 2017 which is the start of the grant period.
    • PGF-USA funds may not be applied to director's fees for the nominee.
    • PGF-USA may, at its discretion, choose not to fund any specific line item(s) in the budget. As a general practice, PGF-USA prefers that most of its grant monies go towards funding the creation and development of the thesis project rather than routine distribution activities of the project.
  • Work samples: Submit at least 2 samples of your work. Submitted materials become the property of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

Required from Nominator:

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation (Department Chair/Dean): Please tell us why you consider this candidate outstanding in the field and deserving of a Princess Grace Award, and how the candidate has demonstrated his/her excellence and future promise as an outstanding artist. At the top of the letter, please include a brief description of the nomination process and a list of the participants in that process. Not to exceed two pages; minimum font 12pt; 1" margins.
  • Biography of nominator. Not to exceed one page, minimum font: 12pt, 1” margins.
  • List of nominating department faculty
  • Description of program offerings
  • Copy of IRS determination letter certifying 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status

Work Sample Guidelines

  • Please make sure the link submitted is live and accessible by June 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 to give the panel ample time to view the sample. It is strongly recommended that live streaming links be secure and you must provide the Princess Grace Foundation-USA with passwords.
  • The total duration of all work samples may not exceed 10 minutes. The panel will not view more than 10 minutes of required work samples and it is up to the applicant to edit their samples to fit within the 10 minute timeframe.
  • In addition to the required work samples, nominees are also encouraged to submit a complete short film as supplemental viewing material. This sample does not count toward your 10 minute sample limit. 
  • Submit only samples directed/created by the nominated filmmaker.
  • As panel recommendations are based heavily on the sample work, we urge you to use care in the selection of the samples you submit. Whenever possible, applicants should submit sample works which are stylistically relevant to the proposed film or video production.
  • If you have rough scenes of the proposed thesis project available, please include these clips in the application. Only include this material if the scenes are far enough along to accurately represent the project. Do not include unedited footage or promotional trailers.
  • The panel views work samples in 16:9, please indicate if your work sample should be viewed in another aspect ratio.
  • Panel will not view promotional videos, trailers, commercials or PSA’s.

Start the Film Application

Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2017 (11:59 PM PT)