Berkeley FILM Foundation Grant Program

Berkeley FILM Foundation

Berkeley, CA 94710


May 17, 2021


Apr 13, 2021

The Berkeley FILM Foundation works to nurture, sustain, and preserve a thriving local film community.

To that end, the foundation invites applications for its 2021 film grant program from emerging and established independent filmmakers in the Bay Area. Through the program, BFF will provide grants of up to $12,000 in support of the production, post-production, and distribution of work(s) that combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium. (The program does not provide funding for pre-production.)

Eligible genres include short-form animation (30 minutes or less); short-form narratives (30 minutes or less); short documentary (40 minutes or less); and long documentary (over 40 minutes).


  • All applicants must live or work in the cities of Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, and Oakland.
  • BFF accepts applications from filmmakers in Production, Post-Production or Distribution.
  • A clip of up to 10 minutes of edited footage is REQUIRED with your application.

Applications are due by May 17, 2021 See the Berkeley Film Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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For content questions, please contact the Berkeley FILM Foundation at