The Davey Foundation Short Film Grants

The Davey Foundation

Salt Lake City, UT 84103


Aug 31, 2021


Jul 30, 2021

Now in its seventh year, The Davey Foundation’s Short Film Grants Program will award two $5,000 cash grants and two gear grants, accompanied by $2,500 cash each, to help emerging filmmakers take their short film script through production and to screens around the world.

The Davey Foundation’s grant-winning shorts have screened at prominent festivals around the world, including Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca, and have spurred the film careers of writers/directors, like Laura Moss (“Fry Day”), Lauren Wolkstein (“Beemus, It’ll End in Tears,” part of collective:unconscious), and A. Stephen Lee (“The Sound of Coins Hitting Brass”). Davey Grant-supported films have been nominated for and won awards, like Nick Dixon’s Emmy for “Mine” and Vika Evdokimenko’s BAFTA nomination for “Aamir.”

Davey Grant recipients are also provided mentorship from established filmmakers, like Dustin Defa (“Person to Person,” Sundance) and Kenny Riches (“The Strongest Man,” Sundance). All grant-supported filmmakers will also be invited to attend the Davey Fest short film festival in Salt Lake City, where their films will be screened alongside other stand-out shorts from their fellow grantees and the local film community.

There are two grant categories: National (United States) and Utah.

Only scripts are accepted and judged. Completed films are not eligible. Two National (US) grantees receive $5,000 cash, and one grantee receives $2,500 cash plus the use of a film gear package.

One Utah grant (narrative and documentary film submissions accepted) will be awarded for $2,500 and use of a gear package.

Call for Scripts are open through August 31.

To view the full requirements and application, please visit