Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants | Documentary Film Grant

by From The Heart Productions
(Oxnard, California USA)

The Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants are managed by Carol Dean and From The Heart Productions. "I want great stories with compelling characters. We fund shorts, indies and docs that are under $500K budgets. The films must be unique and make a contribution to society," says Carol Dean.

This is an organization that truly cares about filmmakers and their success. Filmmakers who are accepted for the grant receive a cash prize and a slew of in-kind donations. The true VALUE of the grant is getting access to a nurturing support system. Carol Dean is known in the industry for her enthusiastic and heartfelt support for documentary filmmakers.

There are three Roy W. Dean Film Grants available each year for documentaries, narrative features, web series, and short films. One for Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Beginning in 2021, there will also be one Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant which is exclusively for short films (does not include short non-fiction documentaries or web series).

In addition, all grant applicants are entitled to a free 15 minute consultation on their application.

Go to the website and learn not only about how to apply for the grants, but also get advice on how to "manifest" your success and lots of good free film financing tips.


Carol Dean is the author of the very popular book The Art of Film Funding which is packed with information about how to successfully find funding for your documentary (it mostly provides tips for documentaries, but there's good stuff in there for films of all kinds).

From the Heart Productions is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and they are able to serve as a fiscal sponsor for filmmakers. Learn more about fiscal sponsorship.

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