The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. This program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Grants up to $5,000 are available for the completion of films that represent and reflect LGBTQ+ life in all its complexity and richness.
For over a quarter century, Frameline has awarded $617,500 to 174 projects (see all past recipients here) to help ensure that LGBTQ+ film/video projects are completed and viewed by wider audiences. Projects finished with assistance from the Frameline Completion Fund include Pariah, No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics, Lingua Franca, North by Current, The Watermelon Woman, Call Her Ganda, Chavela, Appropriate Behavior, To Be Takei, Last Call at Maud’s, The New Black, 1985, Brother to Brother, Kumu Hina, The Cockettes, Vito, Freeheld, We Were Here, and The Brandon Teena Story.
Submissions are accepted for documentary, narrative, experimental, animated or episodic projects about LGBTQ+ people and their communities. The Fund also seeks to bring new work to under-served audiences; with this in mind, we especially encourage applications by women, people of color, transgender people, intersex people, asexual people, non-binary people, disabled people, and other underrepresented people and communities.
The recipients of the 2022/2023 Frameline Completion Fund will be announced in January, 2023.
The 2022/23 Frameline Completion Fund will begin accepting applications in the Fall. We utilize the Documentary Core Application with supplemental questions. More information about the Application can be found here.
Yes, we welcome and encourage international applicants, however the proposal must be submitted in English.
No, there is no application fee.
The standard Completion Fund grant ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 although the jury can recommend a higher or lower amount.
Please submit what you think best represents the style and content of the finished work. Samples can range from a 10-minute sample to a full-length rough cut. Please do not send raw, unedited footage or samples of previous work.
Frameline’s Programming team will review all applications and work samples and will select semi-finalists to recommend to an independent jury. The jury of media professionals will convene to collectively select the grant recipients. The names of the panelists will remain confidential until after the awards are announced.
Jury members are industry professionals, including filmmakers, curators, critics, and academics. Past jurors have included Elegence Bratton (filmmaker, BUCK, PIER KIDS), Tina Takemoto (Dean of Humanities and Sciences at California College of Arts San Francisco), Lex Sloan (Roxie Theater Executive Director and filmmaker), and Stefano Gonzalez (film producer and Transgress Studios LLC founder and CEO).
Applicants will be notified of their status 14 – 16 weeks after the fund closes. Please note that we will not be able to provide additional information about the status of your application before this time.
Unfortunately, due to the high number of submissions the Frameline Completion Fund does not provide critiques, screening notes, or individual reviews of any films not chosen for finishing fund grants.
We do not recommend re-submitting the same film for consideration unless significant changes to the project have been made.
Grant funds may be used for any post-production costs including closed captioning and audio descriptions, editing, special effects and graphics, music licensing, and photo licensing.
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