Roy W. Dean Film Grants

The Roy W. Dean Film Grants funds independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films with budgets of $500,000 or less that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made. 

Roy W. Dean Film Grants

Director/Producer Heather Lenz Won The Roy W. Dean Grant for “Kusama-Infinity” Which is Now in Theaters Across the U.S.

There are 3 Roy W. Dean Film Grants available each year.  One for Spring, Summer, and Fall. The awards for each grant are listed below.

Winners of the Roy W. Dean Film Grants receive a cash award as well as goods and discounted services offered by film industry companies and professionals who care about getting good films produced.   See each grant below for specific information on awards for individual grants.

All grant applicants are entitled to a free 15 minute consultation.  

After the grant you’ve applied for has closed and your materials have been reviewed, you can schedule an appointment.  Topics that can be covered include your application, improving your project, or chances for funding.

“Carole Joyce’s advice on how to improve and represent our project was very important and constructive. Also she recommended very useful books and documentaries connected with film industry and my film specifically. She also gave us contacts of consultants and distributors, who may stand next to our project. The consultation was very motivational and hope we will have chance to work with From The Heart Production one day.”   Inna Sahakyan – Filmmaker 


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Carole Dean on “What You Need to Win the Roy W. Dean Grant”






2020 Spring Grant Awards – Closed for Submissions

Deadline for Submissions is March 31st

2020 Summer Grant Awards – Open for Submissions

Deadline for Submissions is June 30th

2020 Fall Grant Awards

Deadline for Submissions is October 31st

  • $3,000 cash from From The Heart Productions
  • $15,000.00 in original music written by well-known composer David Raiklen.(Exclusive of recording costs)
  • $6,000.00 in animation from Emmy award winner Charlie Canfield. This is 1/3 off normal price for 6 weeks of animation
  • $500 in Expendables, Grip, or Lighting Equipment from Filmtools
  • $299 Lacie 4TB Rugged Raid Drive from board member Richard Kaufman
  • $1,620.00 for one consultation a month with Carole Dean on financing your film
  • Tom Malloy of Glass House Distribution donates an hour of consultation on distribution of your film
  • $700 one week DSLR camera package rental from Birns & Sawyer which includes Canon 5D Mark III camera body, a 24-70mm Canon EOS lens, 2 batteries, charger, carrying case, and two 32G Compact Flash media cards.
  • Free consultation, marketing material creation and design and marketing/strategizing for producer-writer-director team for solicitation of distribution from Smart Girls Productions
  • Free consultation on funding from Morrie Warshawski
  • 40% discount from translate any language to English
  • 20% discount on the design of your marketing sheet by professional Dan Chapman
  • 30% Reduction on your Audio Sound editing costs by Alpha Dogs, Burbank, Ca.
  • Skip SoRelle donates a generous discount for the entire audio post process of audio restoration, EQ, sound design and mix.
  • 35% Discount from 1st Imprint for all your printing needs
  • $600.00 for your Free Closed Captioning by NetCaptioning (
  • Leslie Park donates a reduced rate of $400.00 a day for creating your story board.
  • $500 Value in still shots by Carole Joyce, Authentic Visions Consulting
  • $500 Access to Norman Berns‘ courses; Script Breakdown $100, Righting Rotten Resumes $50, Creating effective business plans $150, How to make a Budget $100; program budgeting $100
  • $500.00 Donation of 2 hour Social Media Marketing Assessment and Consultation for your current business or current entertainment project
  • $200 for the Mary Pickford screening room at Raleigh Studios
  • $489 in Movie Magic Budgeting software as a gift from Entertainment Partners
  • Special FTH rate of $400.00 fee for consultation with filmmakers covering everything from preproduction to marketing by Jason Smith, Producer/Director of I Voted!
  • 25% Discount on legal work from Mark Litwak
  • 40% discount on printed materials ( Postcards, Posters, Press kits, Business cards, etc.) from Copymat, Hollywood.
  • 25% off a dialogue list and 10% off of transcription services from Alpha Dog Transcriptions
  • 10% discount on DCP conversion service and use facility for no charge.
  • 15% discount on camera, lenses, lights or audio rental from
  • $117.00 TriLens holder from Frii Designs
  • $110.00 Session for free from Breianne Pryse to clear and strengthen energy, get clarity and dissolve blocks

From the Heart Productions requests a rolling “Thank You” credit to all of the donors on the grant.  Your application, if chosen as a winner, may be published or used to educate other filmmakers by FTHP.

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