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.
Neighborhood Film Project
The Neighborhood Film Project (NFP) is an annual competition in which filmmakers are invited to submit original films, three to seven minutes in length, highlighting the Eastside, Southside, Westside and Northside of San Antonio. NFP derived from the visual tours featured on saculturaltours.com.
An additional category, "My Favorite Spot," allows filmmakers to choose the Spanish Governor's Palace, Market Square, or La Villita to make a 30-second commercial spot.
Films in first, second and third place will receive cash prizes. A committee of industry professionals including artists, screenwriters and other filmmakers will judge the entries. In the "My Favorite Spot" category, only one prize will be awarded for the highest scoring film.
Filmmakers must first [register] to participate. Once registered, they may choose their neighborhood and make their films. For "My Favorite Spot," filmmakers may choose up to two of the three venues.
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Student Film Project
The Student Film Project is targeted to graduate film students who are working on their theses. The student filmmakers will compete for a $25,000 grant to base their projects in San Antonio. Applicants will submit a short film idea, script, vision statement and other material to be judged by a panel of artists, filmmakers and industry professionals. Winners will produce their films entirely in San Antonio and are required to blog about their experience and post photos, clips and updates on the project.
sa48hr Film Experience
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.