the tarkovski grant: new opportunities for indie filmmakers

What do you imagine it would feel like if you were to work passionately on a creative project, and then right when you thought you were all done, you realized that you needed to begin work all over again just to get your project seen by anyone else?

Although this may be the case for many creative fields, in this regard, there aren't many industries that are as competitive as the film industry. This means that when an independent filmmaker wants to get their work properly recognized, they usually need the help of a professional platform just to get the basic attention their work deserves.

The Tarkovski Grant supports hundreds of filmmakers each year in their challenging journeys as independent filmmakers. The Bigger Screen awards grants in the form of film festival submission fee waiver packages. The grant is aimed at independent filmmakers to support them in promoting existing films, no matter the genre, style or length.

The Tarkovski Grant is supported by film festivals from all over the world. The Modus Operandi is very straight forward. If your film gets selected with one of The Bigger Screen's partner film festivals you’ll automatically receive The Tarkovski Grant, allowing you to enter your film with all the partner film festivals free of charge. This not only saves you a lot of money, but it also recognizes your work as something to watch for during the selection procedure, making a selection with another partner film festival more likely - but of course, never guaranteed.

The program started in 2015 by supporting 169 filmmakers. Then the support was extended to 430 filmmakers in 2016, 444 filmmakers in 2017, 351 filmmakers in 2018 and in 2019 the support was granted to 422 filmmakers. The average value of The Tarkovski Grant is about $250 per filmmaker, bringing the total value of support until 2019 to a whopping $454,000 or an approximate annual support of $90,800.

Enter your film with one or more of the partner film festivals in order to be considered for The Tarkovski Grant:

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Every year tens of thousands of films are being made worldwide. Many of these are amazing pieces with incredible messages, insight, beauty, and stories to offer society. However, only a small percentage of these films end up having a release. Far too many of these eye-opening, enriching pieces stay unnoticed, stories go untold, and exemplary talent is overlooked. Most of this is due to high cost and inaccessibility to the filmmaker.


Because of this, our heart and soul are in The Bigger Screen, where we aim to make film as an art form more accessible and more inclusive. We don’t want to see important pieces tucked away in the dark. And at The Bigger Screen, we work on both sides of the screen. We are behind the screen encouraging and supporting filmmakers in their quest to spread their work through grants and opportunity. We stand in front of the screen by welcoming audiences to enjoy this art form, no matter what their social or financial status is.

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