Film Commission

Grants & Competitions

In addition to state and city production incentives, the San Antonio Film Commission offers a variety of competitions and grants for local filmmakers.

Local Filmmakers Grant

The Local Filmmakers Grant, launched 2012, is a competitive grant with an application process. The program supports local filmmakers who have at least $25,000 in funding commitments in place and have a feature-length motion picture in the pre-production stage.

Guidelines are now available. Download them HERE.  This year's application deadline was September 15, 2015. Visit our Facebook page to see more images from previous winners.

Two Local Filmmakers Grants have been awarded, the first resulted in “My Dog The Champion” (, now available worldwide, and “Stage V” ( now in post production.

Neighborhood Film Project

The Neighborhood Film Project (NFP) is an annual competition in which filmmakers are invited to submit an original film, three to seven minutes in length, highlighting San Antonio. 

This year, the NFP7 asks filmmakers to highlight an area of San Antonio while selecting one of the following genres: documentary, animation, drama, and comedy. And to make things even easier this year, there is no need to pre-register. Cash prizes will be offered to eligible 1st and 2nd place films, which will be judged by a committee of industry professionals, including screenwriters, filmmakers, and other media professionals. There is also a Student category, and entrants must be enrolled in a high school or secondary degree program. 

Submission deadline is 4:00pm CST on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Download guidelines and entry form.

The screening will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Carver Community Cultural Center's Jo Long Theatre, 226 N. Hackberry.

San Antonio 48 Hour Film Experience

sa48hr Film Experience

Took place the weekend of January 8-10, 2016 with the screening/awards ceremony on Thursday, January 14. Congratulations to the winning team, Plaid Sun, and their film, Second Sun!

The San Antonio 48 Hour Film Experience is a local filmmaking challenge event where teams of filmmakers are given specific criteria to incorporate into a film, and then have 48 hours to write, produce, edit, score, and master the final film.

The sa48hr Film Experience is unique in that most other film challenges do not assign specific locations for each film. Locations are assigned from a general list, such as "deserted highway," "historic neighborhood," "public art," or other location styles that show off what great locations are available in San Antonio.

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