Roy W. Dean Film Grants

Now celebrating its 30th year, the Roy W. Dean Film Grants fund 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” 

There are three Roy W. Dean Film Grants available each year for documentaries, narrative features, web series, and short films.  One for Spring, Summer, and Fall

Beginning in 2021, there will also be one Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant which is exclusively for short films (does not include short non-fiction documentaries or web series).

Roy W. Dean Film Grant Submission Deadlines:

Roy W. Dean Film Grant – Spring – March 31st

Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant – April 29th

Roy W. Dean Film Grant – Summer – June 30th

Roy W. Dean Film Grant – Fall – October 31st

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.  

“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 


“In an industry where it can be hard to find supportive encouragement, our experience with From The Heart Productions has proved it can indeed exist. From the application process to our consultation we received clear and concrete suggestions to further our film. A very inspiring experience.”  Stacey Stone – Filmmaker


After the grant you’ve applied for has closed and your materials have been reviewed by the judges, you will receive an email with instructions on how you can schedule an appointment.  Topics that can be covered include your application, improving your project, or chances for funding.

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Deadline for Submissions is March 31st

New 2021 Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant Awards – Closed for Submissions

For narrative fiction shorts, live action or animated, that are 40 minutes or less in length.  

Deadline for submissions is April 29th

2021 Summer Grant Awards – Closed for Submissions

Deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2021

2021 Fall Grant Awards – Closed for Submissions

Deadline for Submissions is October 31st

All applicants for the Fall Grant will receive a copy of Carole Dean’s new eBook Perfecting Your Pitch and Proposal – Book contains over 60 pages of lessons and tips on how create superior pitches and proposals to win over donors, investors, and win grants.  Available in October

  • $3,000 cash from From The Heart Productions
  • $500 Britt Penrod Award to a film that is unique and that makes an exceptional contribution to society. 
  • $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
  • $750 in Grant Writing Services from Karen Everett of New Doc Editing.  Karen is contributing 50% off her company’s services, up to 6 hours. (At $250/hour, this is the equivalent of a $750 donation.)
  • $1,620.00 for one consultation a month with Carole Dean on financing your film
  • 20% off documentary editing services from Monroe Robertson
  • 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
  • 20% discount on the design of your marketing sheet by professional Dan Chapman
  • 30% Discount by Jerry Deaton for Music Post Production Services at AudioKut
  • 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 (
  • $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
  • 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.
  • $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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