Film Education Grant

Film Education Grants provide up to $5,000 for local colleges, universities, and high schools to fund a specific creative project for students. Schools produce an original documentary during one semester. Through the creative process of filmmaking, television production, or game design, students gain hands-on experience. Students also receive a working credit to increase their potential for future industry jobs.

The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media works with PBS12 and Rocky Mountain PBS to air the students’ final projects.


Type: Grant

For: Film educators at Colorado high schools, colleges, and universities

Amount: Up to $5,000 per application

Application deadline: Rolling

OEDIT division: Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media

To apply for this grant, you need to be a film, television, or media educator at a Colorado high school, college, or university. The project can be classroom work throughout a semester or created as an extracurricular opportunity.

You may not begin the project until the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media awards the funds.

Applications are typically submitted by film, television, or media educators prior to the start of the semester. We recommend you start the application process at least three months before the proposed project.

Follow these steps to apply.

  1. Educators should contact the program manager to discuss the project and if grant funds are available.
  2. If funds are available, we will invite you to complete the film education grant application.

Application materials

These questions are only a reference and do not include all of the information you need to include in the application:

  • type of project
  • amount of grant funding requested
  • description of the project including who benefits, production expenses, 
  • narrative questions:
  • What benefits will this grant bring to the institution’s department?
  • What will students gain from this hands-on learning experience

You will also need to provide:

  • a timeline of the student production including before, during, and after the production
  • production budget

The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM) has ten Regional Film Commissions that serve as the review committee. The COFTM-appointed panel will be given a specified timeframe to review applications.

COFTM staff will oversee any feedback, questions or concerns and recommendations reported by the panel. The final amount will be awarded at the discretion of the COFTM director.

The award is based on the proposed project and academic school year. The film needs to display COFTM’s logo in the end credits and for all marketing publicity. The grant needs to be utilized directly towards the student production incurred expenses. Any video needs to be accessible on an online platform when completed.

Past Films

"The Last Bill, A Senator’s Story"  – Colorado Film School

"Leave Them Wanting More" – Denver School of the Arts

“Scary Lucy” – University of Denver 

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