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Filmmaker Support

In a world dominated by formulaic and oversimplified images in commercial media, independent LGBT film is a vital and necessary alternative.

Throughout its thirty-six year history, Frameline has consistently supported LGBT filmmakers through grants, awards and programs.

Maverick queer filmmakers reflect the diversity of our communities and ask the questions central to our lives. Filmmaking is a very expensive art form, yet the resources available to LGBT filmmakers are highly limited. Unlike studio filmmakers, independent artists struggle to secure the funding needed to complete works and support future projects.

Frameline’s Filmmaker Support Program seeks to provide grants, awards and training to ensure that new LGBT films make it to the screen—and to eagerly awaiting audiences.

Since 1990, over 100 films and videos have been completed with assistance from the Frameline Completion Fund. Grants are made annually and provide much needed support to filmmakers. Over $340,000 in grants have been awarded to LGBT films and filmmakers.

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Since 1984, our festival audience has been responsible for selecting the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Short Film of the Festival. Each award has a $2,500 cash award attached.

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Launched in 2005 as the Youth Filmmaker Workshop, Frameline expanded this culturally significant project in 2006 to include and integrate LGBT elders. Generations is a two-part workshop that teaches media literacy and technical skills while fostering creativity and self-expression among elders and young adults.

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