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San Antonio Local Filmmaker Grant


On March 15, 2012, the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved guidelines for the San Antonio Local Filmmaker Grant (LFG) program to award a $25,000 grant for the production of a feature-length commercial motion picture in San Antonio.  The program is funded and managed by the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development (DCCD). The program is a collaboration with the San Antonio Film Commission, a division of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, to support local filmmakers who have at least $25,000 in funding commitments in place and have a feature-length motion picture in the pre-production stage.

"San Antonio has a great wellspring of creative talent, particularly when it comes to filmmaking," Mayor Julián Castro said. "This is a positive investment that will increase the exposure of the local film industry and the many talented individuals who are involved with it."

First-time filmmakers as well as film veterans are eligible for the program. Submissions must be received by June 8, 2012 and will be reviewed by a selection panel comprised of five independent and objective motion picture experts. Through the LFG Program the Department for Culture & Creative Development will award a single $25,000 production grant to one local filmmaker, whose work shows excellence, in the genres of narrative (live action or animation) production.

“Business development goes hand in hand with supporting the arts in San Antonio,” notes DCCD Director Felix Padrón. The LFG program complements other film initiatives the Department for Culture & Creative Development has established, including the San Antonio Neighborhood Film Project, which is now in its third year. All of these efforts enhance the local filmmaking community and provide opportunities for local filmmakers to produce new works.

Applicants will be rated on Artistic & Production Excellence, Commercial Viability, and Financial Position. Grant guidelines were based upon similar programs in other cities and states as well as input gathered from local filmmakers at two public meetings held in November 2011

“Support for local feature films is important because it develops long-term production relationships,” adds San Antonio Film Commission Director Drew Mayer-Oakes, “relationships that are necessary to maintain and grow the industry locally.”

For more information about the Local Filmmakers Grant, you may contact Sebastian Guajardo at the Office of Cultural Affairs at 210.207.5798 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit the Film Commission's web site at www.filmsanantonio.com for information on additional film programs, incentives, and services.

INFORMATION SESSIONS:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 AT 5:30 PM
La Orilla del Rio Ballroom at the International Center Building 
203 S St. Mary's Street, 3rd Floor

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 AT 5:30 PM
Central Library
600 Soledad


ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE BY 4 P.M. CST ON FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012.

Download the Local Filmmaker Grant Program Guidelines

Download the Local Filmmaker Cover Sheet and Grant Application

Download Frequently Asked Questions

This document will be updated each Monday during the application process with new questions and answers. Please submit your inquiries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .