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Up to $10,000 one-time grants available for filmmakers of color with disabilities

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, July 31, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET


Two people holding film equipment are looking at the camera.
Image: Andres “Jay” Molina & Alexis Neophytides, AXS Film Fund 2021 Grantees

The AXS Film Fund has officially opened for this year's grants awarding up to $10,000 for various projects. The grants are one-time awards for creators of color in documentary filmmaking or nonfiction new media, who identify as having a disability. Read on for more.

The AXS Film Fund is a new program created to support independent documentary filmmakers and nonfiction new media creators of color with disabilities in their endeavors to tell stories, make films, and create content. The Fund will award up to five creators with one-time grants of up to $10,000 each to assist them in pushing their projects forward no matter in what stage of production they are. They will fund:
  • Feature length documentary films
  • Nonfiction new media projects
Filmmakers of color have endeavored to move beyond racial barriers in a historically white industry. Meanwhile, people of color with disabilities are rarely seen in media and film and even more rarely in control of creating and developing projects and content. The AXS Film Fund seeks to enhance the visibility of people of color with disabilities and defeat the negative stereotypes or portrayals of disability. Their goal is to raise and support people of color with disabilities on their journeys to becoming filmmakers and creators. To date, the Fund along with eight partners have supported five projects which have involved more than 2,000 people. For more about this fund and to see all eligibility and application requirements, check their website or apply now. The AXS Film Fund opened to applicants on June 1, 2022 and applications will be received until the closing date Sunday, July 31, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Margot Lane Strasburger