Tasveer Film Fund

Regular Deadline: Saturday, August 21st, 2021
Late deadline: September 25th, 2021
Pitch Day for finalists: TBD (between October 4-15th). Your Pitch Day date and time will be provided at least two weeks before the event if you are selected as a finalist. Finalists must complete a 10 minute or less live pitch in order to be considered for an award.


Tasveer is excited to present the 2nd year of the Tasveer Film Fund (TFF), with support from Netflix.

With support from Netflix, Tasveer is expanding the program to support three filmmakers who are developing short film, documentary and LGBTQIA+ film projects. This collaboration is part of the recently announced Netflix Fund for Creative Equity, where Netflix will invest USD $100 million dollars over the next five years in a combination of external organizations with a strong track record of setting underrepresented communities up for success in the TV and film industries, as well as bespoke programs that will help to identify, train and provide job placement for up-and-coming talent globally.


Tasveer Film Fund will give out 3 grants of $5,000 each to South Asian filmmakers in the US:
-Short film
-LGBTQIA+ themed short film.

Pitch Day

We will be hosting live pitching sessions during the Tasveer Festival in October 2021! The top 3 finalists within each category of our grants will be invited to pitch their short film, LGBTQ+ film, or their documentary treatment.

Date: TBD between October 4-15th
Award prize: $5,000 per project

$5,000 - Narrative Film
$5,000 - Documentary
$5,000 - LGBTQ+ Narrative (feature or short)


SHORT FILM: $5,000

-The short film script must be between 5 and 20 pages in length. Remember it is a short film competition.
-The grant is only for filmmakers of South Asian descent living within the United States.
-The short film must include South Asian representation in the story as well as in the cast/crew.
-Grantee film must be fully produced and finished in time to screen at the next annual TSAFF. Exceptions are available on request.



-Preferred length is 60 min and under, though exceptions are available.
-Filmmaker must submit a documentary proposal (in place of Script) that is already in the works (required)
-Please include a link in the proposal, to the trailer or clip to show the general direction of your documentary (required)
- -Documentary must be beyond the conception stage and must be in the production and/or post-production stage.


-The scriptwriter-director must identify as an LGBTQIA+ individual, of South Asian origin.
-The topic of the film must be an LGBTQIA+ story.
-Grantee film must be fully produced and finished in time to screen at the next annual TSAFF. Exceptions are available upon request.

-Script submitted for short films and LGBTQIA+ must be between 5 and 20 pages in length and must be written in standard script format.
-For the documentary, attach a documentary proposal in a pdf format. Include a trailer and/or example clip (required)
-For Short and LGBTQ+ categories we fund projects in the pre-production stage
-For the documentary category we fund projects in the production & post-production stage
-Scripts must be submitted in English, even if they might be shot in another language.
-Filmmakers must be based in the U.S. and with a U.S. bank account in order to receive funds.
-Filmmakers must be of South Asian descent.
-Preference will be given to scripts with a social justice theme and based on the South Asian diaspora experience.
-The script/story cannot be discriminatory against people of any background, ethnicity, religion, race, sexuality, or gender.
-Filmmakers must include an estimated top-sheet production budget and indicate what the funds will be used for.
-Submission fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the submission.
-Scripts submitted in previous years will not be eligible for resubmission in 2021

-The completed film must include an “in association with Tasveer” in the opening credits, along with the Tasveer logo. Special Thanks to some key members and judges for the acknowledgment in the closing credits. Names will be provided by Tasveer.
-The grantee consents to Tasveer using their name, photo, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website and other publicity platforms.
-The Film Fund money must only be used towards the production budget of the short film, and cannot be re-assigned for any other purpose.
-Upon completion of production, the filmmaker must submit a cost report of how the funds were used.
-If the filmmaker has not used the funds or is unable to complete their film by the agreed-upon deadline, they agree to return the grant fund in its entirety to Tasveer. Consideration may be given to schedules affected due to Covid-19.
-In the case of the grantee defaulting on using the funds, Tasveer reserves the right to reassign the funds to the second choice filmmaker.

For more information and FAQs please visit https://tasveer.org/filmfund

Overall Rating
  • Janki Parekh

    Amazing program to help emerging South Asian filmmakers in the U.S. So glad I submitted!!!

    November 2020