City opens third round of grant program to support local film production

The City of Sacramento’s Film + Media office now is accepting applications for its film grant, which works to sustain and foster growth in film and television production in the city of Sacramento.

The film grant program, now in its third year, is funded by Measure U funds.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15, with an additional application round starting in February 2024. Three production grants of $10,000 and one post-production grant of $5,000 will be awarded in each of two separate rounds.

“We’re excited to launch year three of the Sacramento Film + Media grant program to encourage local film production in Sacramento,” said Sacramento Film Commissioner Jennifer West. “This year’s grants will again be larger to ensure filmmakers have the funds they need to complete their projects.”

Funds can be used to help subsidize permit fees, reduce the costs of safety personnel and reimburse qualified expenses for production companies.

The film-incentive grant program has supported 19 film and media productions since 2021 totaling $137,500 to local filmmakers.

Eligible productions include feature length films, short films, episodic television, television pilots, television movies/miniseries, documentaries, docuseries, commercials, music videos, and unscripted television.

Grant applications will be reviewed and scored by a panel consisting of staff, film industry peers and economic development professionals.

To review eligibility and guidelines, and to apply, please visit the Film + Media grants website.

New film rebate program

In addition to the grant program, Sacramento Film + Media is also working to bring more filming to the region by creating a film and media rebate program for large independent films, commercials and television projects. Take the short survey online here to provide input in the design of this opportunity.

Photo credit: Evan Teed on set of previously awarded grantee filmmaker D’Adonis Moquette.

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