San Francisco Film Commission Film Space Grant

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The San Francisco Film Commission Film Space (SFFCFS) grant is designed to provide financial assistance to one or more nonprofit organizations that assist independent filmmakers by providing low cost office and film production space, industry mentorship and/or curated professional development programming in San Francisco in order to facilitate film production activities in San Francisco.

The current grantee for FY19-20 and FY20-21 is SFFILM’s FilmHouse Residency Program. The current grant period ends June 30, 2021.

Grant Amount: Final Grant amount shall be determined by the Film Commission, but will not exceed $48,000. The grant funds may be awarded to one applicant or may be split between two or more applicants, as determined by the Film Commission.

Application Deadline:  Monday, June 21, 2021 5pm (PDT)

Award Announcement: Monday, June 28, 2021

Grant Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023


  • Applicant's mission focuses on the development and production of film in San Francisco through support and education of individual filmmakers.
  • Tax-exempt organization. All applicants must be tax exempt charitable organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code. 
  • Applicant’s headquarters and primary operations must be in San Francisco.
  • The filmmakers supported by the Applicant must be actively engaged in a film, video, television or other moving image project in any genre and in any stage of production -- from screenwriting to strategizing the project’s exhibition, distribution and outreach plan.
  • At least one of the filmmakers supported by the Applicant must be working on a film which will shoot 55% of its shoot days in San Francisco.
  • At least two of the filmmakers who would be supported by the grant must be residents of San Francisco.
  • Applicant has expertise in creating professional development programming and providing industry mentorship to filmmakers and is a continuing and stable presence in the film community.
  • Applicant has a continuing existence and has had ongoing operations for a minimum of two years.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they own or are leasing a facility suitable for ongoing use by five or more filmmakers (the "subgrantee filmmakers") for film office and film production activities (“Qualified Film Space”) per fiscal year* and that such ownership or lease will continue for at least two years.  Use of space must be provided to each filmmaker for a minimum of 12 months per fiscal year.
  • While physical space is required for the grant, working remotely is acceptable, if need be, in order to comply with local or state health orders.

For more information about the grant and requirements, download the application here.