The David Brower Grant for Alabama Filmmakers is a grant to support student, emerging, or established filmmakers currently residing in Alabama, who have a project in development. This grant, given in the spirit of mentoring and collaboration, in the amount of $1,500, is open to Alabama artists of all ages, ethnicities, genders and experience levels, to aid in a filmmaking endeavor, in any genre, at any stage of production.  Weight will be given to passion and need, as well as aspirations for personal growth in the industry and the intent of the project.  Applications accepted until May 31, 2024.

Applications for the 2024 Grant are now open – apply here. 

• 18 Years or Older
• Filmmakers of any experience level, who are in development, pre-production, production, or post-production on a motion picture project
• Resident of Alabama

• May 1 – Applications Open
• May 30 – Applications Close
• The Grant recipient will be announced at the annual Sidewalk Film Festival awards ceremony held each August

• Grant Recipient – $1,500 cash prize funded and 1-year Director’s membership to the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema ($2,000 value + 1 free year of education/outreach programs)
• Every applicant who completes the application by the designated deadline will receive a 1-year Sidewalk Filmmaker/Industry membership to the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema ($100 value)


What types of projects will be considered for the David Brower Grant for Alabama Filmmakers?

Submitted projects may include:

  • Feature-length films
  • Short films
  • Serialized/episodic work
  • Web series
  • Virtual or augmented reality, or other immersive/interactive work

We accept all genres/types, including fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid.
Projects can be at any stage of production:

  • Research/Development
  • Pre-Production
  • Production
  • Post-production

How do I know if it’s the right time to submit my project for this Grant?

Ultimately, that’s your decision. However, we welcome filmmakers at all levels of experience, and projects at all stages of development.

When will I hear back from about the status of my submission?

You will receive a confirmation email once the application is submitted. The winner of the Grant will be announced at the annual Sidewalk Film Festival Awards Ceremony. Following the Festival, each applicant will receive further information about how to claim their one-year Filmmaker/Industry membership to the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema.

Does each applicant really receive a Filmmaker/Industry Membership?

Yes, each eligible applicant who submits a completed application by the stated deadline will receive a one-year Filmmaker/Industry level membership to the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema.

Can I submit multiple film projects?

Each applicant may submit one application per grant cycle.

Does my application have to be in English?

Yes. While we will consider projects in any language, the application itself must be written in English.

Can I re-submit the same project in a subsequent grant cycle?

No. Applicants may not submit the same project for consideration twice.

How is the winner of the Grant determined?

The winner will be chosen by a committee led by David Brower based on the submitted application. The judges’ decision is final.

What should I do if I have a technical question or problem with my application?

Email our Director of Education and Outreach Jessica Chriesman, at [email protected] with any questions.

August 19-25, 2024

Sidewalk Film Festival

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