Roy W. Dean Fall Grant Finalists Chosen

From The Heart Productions announced the finalists for the its final Roy W. Dean Film Grant of 2014.  22 films will compete for $30k in film production services, cash, and production assistance that the grant offers.

2008 Fall Grant Winner "Red Dust" documented dangers faced by China factory workers to Red Cadium Dust

2008 Fall Grant Winner “Red Dust” documented dangers faced by China factory workers to Red Cadium Dust

The Roy W. Dean Grant funds films that are unique and make a contribution to society.   Films submitted are in various stages of production that range from just a proposal to those needing help to complete post-production.  All have provocative, affecting stories that without the grant’s help may never be told.

The grant consists of $2,500 in cash contributed by From The Heart Productions as well as free and discounted services and film products from heartfelt donors.  These donations include a film score, animation, legal fees, photography and more that will aid the winner in getting their film finished.  A complete list of donors can be found at

Finalists for the 2014 Roy W. Dean Film Grant include short films, documentaries, and features.   They cover a wide range of subjects and tone.   Out of these 22 projects, a top group of 5 will be selected by From The Heart.  These 5 will be sent to the final judges.  The winner will be announced in December.  A complete list of finalists, their projects, as well as contact information can be found at

“We’ve got short films that make you laugh and documentaries that will make you think and break your heart” said Carole Dean, President of From The Heart Productions which oversees the grant. “The exceptional quality of the work and variety makes the judges task all that more difficult.”

Jury Prize

For some finalists, this is their second or third attempt to win the Grant.  Those that have applied 3 times have the opportunity to be considered for the Jury Prize.  The Jury Prize is a $500 cash prize awarded for courageous filmmaking by filmmakers with great heart who, through their devotion and dedication, are staying the course creating a unique film that contributes to society.

Britt Penrod Audience Award

All finalists are also eligible to compete for the Britt Penrod Audience Award.  Finalists for each grant can post trailers or clips from their films on the Britt Penrod Audience Award Facebook Contest Page to compete for a $250 prize.  Anyone can vote on the films posted.  The contest runs from November 10th to November 30th.

Special Mention

So impressive was the quality of work and the passion for so many of the projects over the years, that a new “Special Mention” category was created in 2014.  It honors exceptional work that may not be quite ready for the finals…but not by much.   A list of those projects receiving special mention can be viewed at

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