Film School Scholarships: Everything You Need To Know

Make Your Indy Film Hobby a Reality

There are many film scholarships that can help students pay for film studies degrees. For a film school scholarship, applicants are typically required to submit a short film in the genre of their choice. Some popular film genres include:

  • Animation
  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Experimental/Alternative

Video Contests

Some film school scholarships are more like contests, open to anyone who submits a video on a certain topic. These often don’t look at your financial needs and school credits, but instead look at the message in your video.

Film Scholarships

Scholarship Name Award Date Additional Parameters
Audition/Portfolio Review Scholarship Vary Vary N/A
Austin Alliance for Women in Media Scholarship $5,000 March 1 Women applicants
Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship Vary February 1 N/A
BSU Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship $6,111 April 10 Rising juniors and seniors at BSU
Camera Ready Award $50 Vary N/A
CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship $3,000 April 30 African American students pursuing a degree in visual arts
Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting $35,000 fellowship April 9 N/A
Express To De-Stress Video Contest $175 July 31 Five winners
Film Grant Scholarships $30,000 August 31 N/A
Francis D. Lyon Scholarship
$2,500 March 29 Graduate students
Frank Capra Jr. Film Studies Scholarship $1,000 May 31 UNCW students
Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship
Vary January 31 BIPOC students
IP Video Contest $5,000 April 30 N/A
Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award $2,500 April 1 Arab-American students
Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship $10,000 March 15 Graduating high school seniors
John L. Dales Scholarship Vary Vary N/A
Kodak Professional Photography Scholarship
Up to $1,000 Vary N/A
NATAS Lone Star Scholarship $10,000 October 15 Texas students
NATAS-PSW Scholarship $1,250 March 31 Undergraduate students from the Pacific Southwest
One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest $1,000 January 5 25 and under
Post-9/11 GI Bill Vary Vary Veterans
Princess Grace Foundation Awards for Film Vary August 31 No self-nominations
Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship $1,500 February 28 High school seniors
Scripted Film Lab $10,000 March 12 N/A
Student Academy Awards Up to $5,000 June 1 N/A
Support Creativity Scholarship Awards 3 $1,000 scholarships May 1 N/A
The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship
$3,500 April 1 Undergraduate juniors and seniors
The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists $2,500 November 15 N/A
The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation: Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship $1,000 Vary Women applicants 
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Scholarships Vary March N/A
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support Awards $5,000,000 Fall  USC undergraduate students
Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter/Foundation Scholarships $3,000 February 5 Students living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and western Wisconsin
Women in Film Foundation Scholarship $3,000 Multiple Women film students
American Film Institute Financial Aid Vary N/A
Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards Up to $9,000 Unknown N/A
College Board Scholarship Database Scholarship Database Scholarship Database
Fastweb Scholarship Database Scholarship Database Scholarship Database
Finaid Scholarship and Financial Aid Guide Scholarship and Financial Aid Guide Scholarship and Financial Aid Guide
IEFA International
Scholarship Database Scholarship Database Scholarship Database
Monterey County Film Commission
Vary Vary N/A
National Society of High School Scholars
$2,000,000 to multiple students Vary High school students
Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Scholarship N/A N/A N/A
Calliope Workshop and MFA Scholarship Up to $4,000 Vary N/A
Carole Fielding Student Grants $5,000 Vary Undergraduate and graduate students in film
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
German study abroad program Vary Students age 18-24
Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education Scholarship $15,000 Vary Financial aid
New York Women in Communications Inc. Foundation Scholarship Program $10,000 Vary High school seniors who are residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania
PEGTV Courcelle Scholarship $2,000 Vary Rutland County students
Support Creativity Scholarship $1,000 Vary N/A
The Beinecke Scholarship Program $34,000 Vary College juniors
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarships
$10,000 Vary N/A
Scholarships for International Baccalaureate Holders
Scholarship Database Scholarship Database Scholarship Database
Federal Pell Grant
Financial Aid Financial Aid Financial Aid
State Financial Aid Programs Financial Aid Financial Aid  Financial Aid

Photography, Cinematography and Videography Internships

  1. ALEXANDRIA – Internship Opportunity
  2. Conservation Photography/Biology Summer Internship
  3. Disney College Program Internship
  4. Film Internship – Museum of the Moving Image
  5. GLSEN Student Ambassador
  6. Journalism Internship
  7. Holography Internship
  8. Photography Conservation Internship
  9. Social Media Marketing Internship
  10. Production Internship
  11. Daily Herald Photojournalism Internship

How To Find Scholarships for Film School

Film professionals are in greater demand than ever before. However, the first step is to become a professional candidate by getting an education. You may want to consider piecing together different types of financial aid to cover the cost of your education. Start by searching for film and media scholarships for the following occupations:

Why Consider Film Scholarships

While a career in film is exciting and can pay a great income, it takes money to get a film career off the ground. Film scholarships can help you get the money you need to pay for college. They can also fund projects to help you build a portfolio.

New York Film Academy Assistance, Awards, and Scholarships

  • Need-based tuition assistance: This is designed for students who have a financial need to help reduce the cost of obtaining an education from the New York Film Academy’s long-term programs.
  • Talent-based tuition award: This program is designed to find applicants who are exceptionally talented in their program of study. Awards are based on the applicant’s portfolio or audition during the admissions process.
  • Merit-based tuition award:  This award provides financial aid to qualified candidates within the college’s Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. Students have to demonstrate a history of academic achievement in addition to a commitment to the arts, leadership, and community service.
  • Matthew Modine Masters Scholarship: This scholarship program provides financial assistance to students who are in the Master of Fine Arts programs in Filmmaking and Acting for Film.

State Grants

Many states have grant programs available to qualified residents. To be eligible, most grant programs require residency and attendance at a school in that state.


Many film schools are approved for veterans’ education benefits. Those who aren’t covered by the Post-9/11 GI bill may receive a tuition discount.

Grants for Film Makers

If you’re pursuing a film or media degree, you may want to consider applying for a grant to offset production costs. While a grant may not pay your tuition, it could help you get the money you need for filming.

All aspiring film students are also encouraged to complete the FAFSA, which determines student eligibility for the Pell grant, direct loans, and other student aid. If you need help finding scholarships and financing, the staff at NFI is happy to help. Contact us today to let us help make your dreams a reality.