The GLAS Animation Grant program was designed to support artists and filmmakers making bold, groundbreaking, independent work. In the last three years, we have been able to give out six grants directly to filmmakers towards the development and production of their original short films.

We are pleased to announce some exciting new changes to this program thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, GKIDS, and Wacom. We are delighted not only to increase the number of grants available in this cycle, but also to increase the value of each to create a more substantial impact. Our biggest thanks and acknowledgment go out to GKIDS and the anonymous donor for making this program possible, they have truly built the foundation that directly benefits the artists working in this community.

For the GLAS 2021 GLAS Animation Grant Cycle, we will have two grants in the amount of $3000 each, and a new grant in the amount of $6000 to support the creation of independent short films. Grant recipients will also receive a tablet courtesy of Wacom.

The GLAS Animation Grants are to be awarded to individual filmmakers living and working in the United States. They are not currently available to students or for commercial projects (including music videos, tv show pitches or web series)

Below you’ll find information regarding deadlines, criteria, application details, instructions, and FAQs.

Please take a moment to review the criteria and eligibility requirements for the GLAS Animation Grant.

-Filmmaker must be living and legally able to work in the United States.
-Proposed project must be for an independent short film (45 minutes or less).
-Proposed projects must be able to be completed within 2 years.
-Filmmaker may not be enrolled in an academic institution.
-Filmmaker must have at least one completed film to show.
-Filmmaker must be at least 18 years of age.
-Please note that pilots, web series, music videos, commissioned works, performances, installations, and features are not eligible for this grant at this time.

Below you'll find a breakdown of the materials needed for this application. Each item is required unless otherwise noted. Please create a PDF that contains the following.

-Project Summary (details below)
-Concept Art: original artwork for this project
-Supporting Materials: Storyboard and/or script (optional)
-Budget: Provide us with a breakdown of the budget for the proposed project.
-Links to Previous work
-Link to Animatic (optional)

This year we will be using FilmFreeway to accept grant applications. To begin the application process, please follow the steps below.

-Create a FilmFreeway Account

-Create a New Project
Here you will be prompted to fill out basic information about the project.

-Section 1 Project Information
Please fill out Project Title and the synopsis

-Section 2 Submitter Information (default)

-Section 3 Credits
Please put the names of any relevant team members you’ll be working with here.

-Section 4 Specifications
Please fill out all fields.

-Section 5 - Ignore

You will be taken to the next page where it asks you to enter an online screener as well as have the opportunity to upload supplemental materials.

-Add an Online Screener
Please upload or add a link to the work sample that best represents you.

-Files and Attachments
Please upload the project summary PDF here. Details below.

-Full Name
-Contact Information (email, phone number, physical address)
-Date of Birth
-Link to website/previous work
-Project Title
-Runtime: How many minutes will this film be?
-Medium: 2d/3d/Stop-motion/mixed media/live-action hybrid/simulation/other
-Synopsis: 25-500 words
-Director biography: up to 250 words.
-Production Stage: Briefly describe where you are currently in the production process.
How will you make use of the GLAS Animation Grant? Describe how you intend to make use of the GLAS Animation Grant should it be awarded to you. Be honest, we understand that if you're working solo, the money might be spent on giving yourself time.
-Director Statement: Up to 500 words: For example, please tell us what the origins of this project are and why it is meaningful to you.