Due to the impact of COVID-19 the 2020 Princess Grace Awards program has been suspended for this year. We look forward to resuming our Awards program and celebrating excellence in emerging artists in theater, dance, and film in 2021. Should you have questions please contact Program Director, Diana Kemppainen.
The Princess Grace Awards seek to discover emerging filmmakers and nurture their artistic pursuits throughout their careers. Princess Grace Film Awards are available to emerging filmmakers; filmmakers at the outset of their careers or early stages of professional development. Funding provides project specific support and filmmakers must be nominated by a non-profit school or media arts center.
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, episodic and interactive web work and other projects where the moving image is the primary component.
SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded to help support students’ thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level. Students must be enrolled at the nominating school and have not yet completed their thesis film. Schools/universities may only nominate 1 student per category (i.e., 1 undergraduate scholarship nomination, 1 graduate scholarship nomination).
FELLOWSHIPS are awarded to help support filmmakers’ current film projects. Filmmakers must have taken part or currently be involved in a residency or fellowship program offered by the nominating organization. Media arts centers may only nominate 1 Fellowship per year.
Princess Grace Award Film grants average between $15,000-$30,000.
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 PGF-USA.
The Princess Grace Awards is interested in identifying and nurturing emerging filmmakers. In its evaluation of emerging, the Film Panel considers the aggregate of the filmmaker’s career and is looking to identify artists at the outset of their careers rather than mid-career filmmakers. Primary consideration is given to artistic excellence and evaluation of the filmmaker’s potential. The panel also considers the quality and originality of the approach, point of view, and artistic strategies the filmmaker will bring to the proposed project as demonstrated by work samples and written materials.
For Fellowships: the Film Panel also considers the support the media arts center will provide to the proposed Fellow during the grant period to help them achieve their artistic goals and successfully complete their project.
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Work samples are a significant component of your application and we urge you to use care in selecting the samples you submit.
Photo: 2019 Film Honoraria Melanie Rosete
Photo credit: Thomas Karas
Nominating organizations may nominate one undergraduate and one graduate student for a Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship separately from (and in addition to) the Princess Grace Film Scholarship. Please note animators can only submit 1 Princess Grace Award application in either category, however animators can be nominated in either category and do not need to only apply in the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship category. One Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship is awarded each year.
The nomination should be on behalf of the Film School's Dean/Dept. Chair or Media Art Center's Executive Director. However if there is someone on faculty or staff that can better speak to the filmmaker's work and artistic excellence, they may write the letter of recommendation.