Roy W. Dean Film Grant Finalists Selected for Spring 2022 Grant

Winner to Receive Cash and Donated Production Services to Help Complete Their Film

Celebrating its 30th year, the first Roy W. Dean Film Grant for 2022 has chosen its finalists.  From the Heart Productions, the 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping independent filmmakers get their films funded and grant sponsor, announced that twenty-six films will vie for the grant.  Winner will receive $3,500 and thousands more in donated production goods and services.

Roy W. Dean Film Grant Finalists for Spring 2022

“It is a joy and a privilege to be exposed these works by such amazing, talented filmmakers.” said Carole Dean, President of From the Heart Productions. “After three decades, the task of choosing this group continues to challenge us especially when we see such brilliant stories told with passion.”

The cash prized awarded by From the Heart Productions is accompanied donations from film industry professionals and companies.  These include 40% deduction on color, editing, and sound & all production services from ProMedia , 30% discount in equipment rental from AbelCine Tech, Inc. NYC , $1,600 value in sound mix session from Silver Sound, and more from many heartfelt film industry donors. 

The grant is open to documentaries, narrative features, short films, and web series. Grant is open to filmmakers around the world.  Entries to the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring were received from Iran, India, the United Kingdom and South Africa.   Winner is expected to be announced in August 2022.

Finalists for the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring 2022 are:


Title Type Filmmaker
Regina Doyle Silent Film Starlet Documentary Feature David Brown
Van Der Pals Documentary Feature Mauricino Gonzalez-Aranda
B-Side: For Taylor Fiction Short Christina YR Lim
A Different, Deadly Beast: The 1918 Flu Epidemic in Montana Documentary Short Dee Garceau
Ask For Help Fiction Short Gina DeAngelis
Blight Fiction Short Markus Hoeckner
Going Fine SInce 1889: The Magical Armstrongs Documentary Feature Jennifer Stoy
Hunger Surfaced: An American Recipe for Disaster Documentary Feature Justin Ross
Voice of Vanilla Documentary Feature Maureen Maloney
Chiraku Documentary Feature Neelu Bhuman
Acting Like Women Documentary Feature Cheri Gaulke
A Thousand Faces Fiction Feature Elton Loud
Open Air Documentary Feature Judit Sos
Lunchbox Fiction Short Anne Hu
Irish Cops Under Siege Documentary Feature Mike Houlihan
Viaticus Documentary Short Matt Nadel
Silver Screen Dreams Fiction Feature William Chen
My Letter to Bergman Documentary Feature Helen Beltrame-Linne
Somerset County Documentary Feature Katie Cook
Egypt, a Love Story Documentary Feature Iris Zaki
Only in Theaters Documentary Feature Raphael Sbarge
To Be Free Documentary Feature Birgit Gernboeck
Locally Grown Comedy TV, Web or New Media Brittany Parker
Catching the Light Fiction Feature Koura Linda
Nomads Documentary Feature Vanessa Carr
Searching for Onoda Documentary Feature Mia Stewart
Invisible Children of LA Documentary Feature Maryana Palmer


Each finalist is given the opportunity to post information on their contending film on the From the Heart Productions website.  Filmmakers can include an image from the film, filmmaker info, and loglines.  If they have available, filmmakers can include a link to their film’s website, Facebook page, or relevant social media connection. 

About the Roy W. Dean Grant

Since 1992, the Roy W. Dean Grant has awarded over $2,000,000 in cash and donated film services to independent films. The grant is awarded to films budgeted under $500,000 that are unique and make a contribution to society.  Having recently expanded to four grants each year, it has been an important lifeline for independent filmmakers that help to get their projects started or finished.  Without assistance from the grant, many excellent and important films may never have been made. 

Past winners of the grant include 2021 Emmy winners Belly of the Beast and The Love Bugs ,  as well as Sundance Film Festival selection Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, and acclaimed documentary Kusama-Infinity.

About From The Heart Productions

From The Heart Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping filmmakers get their projects funded and made.  Besides providing funding through the grant, they offer film fiscal sponsorship to filmmakers.  This allows donations made to films they sponsor to be tax deductible.  From The Heart has helped independent filmmakers raise over $30 million through their fiscal sponsorship program.  President Carole Dean is the best-selling author of The Art of Film Funding: 2nd Edition, Alternative Financing Concepts and the new online class “How to Fund Your Film”

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