Final Roy W. Dean Film Grant for 2021

Posted on: Friday - Aug 27, 2021

The final Roy W. Dean Film Grant of 2021 is now accepting submissions.  Awarded to a unique film that makes a contribution to society, the winner receives $3,000 cash, $30,000 in film services to finish their project.  Deadline to apply is October 31st, 2021.

 Every Applicant to the Grant Will Receive a Free eBook on Creating Your Pitch and Proposal

 The eBook, Creating Your Pitch and Proposal, was written by Carole Dean, President of From the Heart Productions and author of The Art of Film Funding, 2nd Edition: Alternative Financing Concepts. The eBook offers over 70 pages of excellent information on what filmmakers need to land investors, win grants, and close donors.  A copy will be sent out to applicants after book is released on September 1st.

 Now in its 30th year, the grant is offered by non-profit From the Heart Productions. Over 3 decades, the grant has awarded over $2,500,000 to filmmakers to help them complete their projects.  Submissions can be documentaries, short films, narrative features, or web series.

 Grant Includes Film Score and Animation Services to Winner

 Award winning composer David Raiklen will give the grant recipient $15,000 in theme music for their project.  David provided music for the Emmy and Roy W. Dean Grant winning documentary Mia: A Dancer’s Journey.  Emmy winner, Charlie Canfield will provide a discount of $6,000.00 in animation. Charlie provided animation for Roy W. Dean Grant Winner Penny

Other donated goods and services that will go to the winner of the grant include a one week DSLR camera package rental from Birns & Sawyer,  20% discount on the design of your marketing sheet by award winning designer Dan Chapman, 50% off of story structure services by Karen Everett of New Doc Editing, and much more from many heartfelt donors. 

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 Also is Offered a Free Consultation for 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 at

For any questions, please email or call 805-984-0098