Stars Collective Granting Fund

The Sundance Institute | Stars Collective Granting Fund partnership offers unrestricted grants, ranging from $1,500 – $10,000, to diverse filmmakers working in nonfiction and fiction who are currently receiving creative and tactical support from Sundance Institute. The non-recoupable grants will focus on critical support to advance a project forward through development, pre-production, production, post-production, and self-distribution.

How to apply:

Please reach out to the Sundance Institute program you are currently receiving support from to confirm eligibility and to receive a code to apply.


Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis until July 16, 2021 with funding decisions occurring bi-monthly (February, April, June and August).

Grantee Pool Size:

20-40 grants during the duration of the grant term

  • Sundance Institute supported filmmakers of color and women who are currently receiving creative and tactical support on their project from a Sundance Institute Artist Program
  • Supports filmmakers of fiction and nonfiction features
  • Priority will be given to US based artists

Grant Range

$1,500-$10,000 USD

Creative Considerations:

These grants aim to provide critical financial support for a discrete activity necessary to advance a project forward at any stage of a film’s life cycle – development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Granting funds should cover the entire cost of the intended activity or the applicant should already have confirmed the gap funding required. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, requesting support to further development, extend post, attend festivals and forums, hire key creative team members (consulting editors, producers, casting directors, etc.), cover COVID-related costs, or support self-distribution.

For additional information please visit the FAQ