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Oct 6, 2020

2020 Completion Fund

Frameline Completion Fund 2020 cycle is now closed.

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 provided more than 150 grants 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  Disclosure, Vision Portraits, Call Her Ganda, Chavela, Pariah, Appropriate Behavior, Call Me Kuchu, To Be Takei, Last Call at Maud's, The New Black, Brother to Brother, Kumu Hina, The Cockettes, Vito, Freeheld, We Were Here, and Gun Hill Road.

Submissions are being 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. 

Applications open October 6, 2020

Deadline to submit November 30, 2020

Awards will be announced in mid to late February 2021

The Frameline Completion Fund is supported by The Williams & Hart Rainbow Fund of Horizons Foundation.


Can international projects apply?

Yes, we welcome filmmakers and projects from around the world.

Is there an application fee to apply?

No, there is no application fee.

What types of films are eligible for consideration?

Submissions are accepted for documentary, narrative, experimental, animated or episodic projects about LGBTQ+ people and their communities.

Is my film eligible if there are queer people involved but there is not queer content?

Films must be about and of interest to the LGBTQ+ community. Therefore, films must contain some queer content and/or queer characters / subjects.

How much funding can I request?

The standard Completion Fund grant ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 although the panel can recommend a higher or lower amount.

What are you looking for in a work sample?

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.

Who makes up the jury?

Jury members are industry professionals, including filmmakers, curators, critics, and academics. Past jurors have included Tina Takemoto (Dean of Humanities and Sciences at California College of Arts San Francisco), Zoë Elton (Mill Valley Film Festival Director of Programming), Lex Sloan (Roxie Theater Executive Director and filmmaker), and Stefano Gonzalez (film producer and Transgress Studios LLC founder and CEO).

Once I have submitted my application, can I provide updates to the project?

Please provide any updates to your application by emailing However, we cannot guarantee that updates to film samples can be considered.

When will I receive a notification about the status of my project?

Notifications will be sent in mid-February.

Please note that we will not be able to provide additional information about the status of your application before this time.

If my project is not selected, can you provide feedback?

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.

If my project is not selected, can I reapply next year?

We do not recommend re-submitting the same film for consideration unless significant changes to the project have been made.

If I receive a grant from the Frameline Completion Fund, what can the funds be used for?

Grant funds may be used for any post-production costs, including but not limited to editing, special effects and graphics, music licensing, photo licensing, subtitles and captioning, and marketing.

If you have additional questions, please email