In movie theaters and on television screens, films bring the lessons and memory of the Holocaust to life. Recognizing the potential of film to reach large numbers of people and to educate and spark powerful discussions, the Claims Conference provides film grants as part of our ongoing support for Holocaust education, documentation and research.

Films highlight a particular aspect or story from the Holocaust, enabling viewers to connect emotionally with the victims and survivors. By learning of one family’s survival by hiding in a cave, or the triumph of a concentration camp soccer team, or the stories behind a tattooed number, even a viewer with no connection to the Holocaust will walk away with a realization that the vast numbers connected with the Shoah each represent a person, a story, a life taken away or forever changed.

A list of previously funded films can be found on IMDb.

We encourage all prospective applicants to review the Application Guidelines and Grant Policies and contact us at film@claimscon.org before submitting an application.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1 (Fall Decision) / OCTOBER 1 (Spring Decision)


After contacting us about your application, please follow the below steps to apply for a Claims Conference film grant:

  • Download and complete the Film Grant Application form.
  • Review the last page of the Film Grant Application form for additional required documents.
  • Click on Submit and create your account in Submittable to access the online Submission Form
  • Attach all required documents, including the Film Grant Application form, to the online Submission Form in PDF format and submit your application by the above deadlines. 
  • Work sample links and password can also be entered on the Submission Form. We do not accept DVDs, Blu-Rays or hard drives to view work samples.

Downloads

Film Grant Application (.doc)

Phase Budget Template (.doc)


Application Guidelines and Grant Policies

  1. Films must be Holocaust related.
  2. Films must have both wide distribution potential and educational value. Applications should include a strong distribution plan for non-educational platforms as well as a plan for educational distribution and the creation of educational materials to accompany the film.
  3. All films, regardless of genre, will be evaluated based on historical accuracy as well as creativity, vision and planning. It is highly recommended that applicants work with historical consultants throughout the development and production of their films and allocate funds in their budget for such consultations.
  4. You can request funding for only one of the following three project phases: a) Research & Development, b) Production or c) Post-Production. Additionally, your funding request must be for expenses which will be incurred no earlier than six months after the application deadline.

    For example, if you submit a grant application for post-production on March 13, your funding request must be only for post-production expenses that will be incurred on and after October 1 of the same year. If you submit a grant application for production on September 29, your funding request must be only for production expenses that will be incurred on and after April 1 of the following year.

  5. Previous grantees are eligible to apply for funding for the same project as long as the new application is in a different category/project stage than the prior request. If you have already received production funds, it is rare that funding will be allocated for post-production as well.
  6. It is strongly preferred that production and post-production funding applications for films over 40 minutes are submitted by production companies or similar entities. If you are an individual filmmaker seeking production or post-production funding for a film over 40 minutes without such an entity, please contact us before submitting an application.
  7. Submissions made for the April 1st deadline will receive a decision in the fall/winter, and submissions made for the October 1st deadline will receive a decision in the spring/summer. 

  8. Applying with a fiscal sponsor is optional. We do not require a fiscal sponsor or 501(c)(3) status for application or receipt of funds.
  9. For research and development grants, the Claims Conference will generally consider funding up to $20,000. For production and post-production, the Claims Conference will generally consider funding up to $60,000. However, in no case will the Claims Conference consider funding more than 50% of any project phase. The Claims Conference requires a match for all film grants. You should have other sources of income for the remaining expenses. Proof of matching funds will be requested if you are awarded a grant, although submission of such documentation is optional at the time of the application.
  10. Should a grant be awarded, funding is typically released in the form of reimbursement of expenses incurred. You must submit any paid receipts and/or paid invoices associated with the grant request in order to receive the funds. For production and post-productions grants, the Claims Conference may withhold 10% of the grant amount until receipt of the completed film.
  11. Funding will not be considered for completed films and films that have already been publicly screened with the exception of work-in-progress screenings.
  12. The grant cannot be used for fundraising activities.
  13. All grantees must use the Claims Conference’s name and logo in the credits of the film and any relevant promotional material for the film. The Claims Conference will have the right to revoke permission for use of the Claims Conference’s name and logo at any time.
  14. The Claims Conference will receive a non-exclusive license to publicly exhibit the film in connection with its non-profit activities. However, the Claims Conference does not intend to compete with the grantee’s commercial exploitation of the film or the grantee’s ability to effectively exploit its rights on educational or non-educational platforms.
  15. If the film is not completed, copies of Holocaust related research material for the film must be shared with a public institution designated by the Claims Conference.


  16. If you have any questions or experience technical issues submitting your application, please contact us at film@claimscon.org.


    You should receive a confirmation email once you submit your application. If you do not receive an email within 2 hours of submission, please notify us immediately. 


    We do not accept Dropbox links for work samples. Please use an alternative website or platform. 


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