The DaVinci Film Institute is a film financing program, that will award one or more student filmmakers in the form of a motion picture grant at our Live Showcase Event each calendar year.  At DaVinci Film Festival, we strongly believe that rising water lifts all boats, and we honor that by giving a portion of our submission proceeds toward the Institute each quarter.

Making movies is always fun, but it can be costly too.  In fact, the vast majority of independent filmmakers are intimately familiar with the ever-present challenges of raising finances to see even a modest project through.  The DaVinci Film Institute is committed to supporting student filmmakers worldwide, and look forward to playing a small part by offering financial assistance through our grant program.


  • Current/Enrolled Student at accredited college or university
  • Short formats (<40) looking for feature development/financing (same story)
  • Short format screenplay looking to go into production
  • Teasers/Trailers looking for feature or short format financing
  • Project(s) must have been entered into the DaVinci Film Festival for consideration

Supporting our community is deeply seated in our business model, as both a company founded by filmmakers, and a brand that stands for value, creativity, and trust among entertainment industry professionals.  Our support and Mission Statement can been seen as a through-line at both DIFF and the Institute, be it our SPOTLIGHT opportunity, or the expansive Award Categories to honor many of those who are largely over-looked; we are here to give back to an industry that has given so much to us.

Questions about the grant program? Please contact:  If you are ready to apply, please download our application on this page (right side), and submit the required documents and signed application.

Thank you. Good luck!
DaVinci Film Institute