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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Accepting Applications for 2014 Garrett Scott Grants

Garrett Scott, during the filming of “Occupation: Dreamland.” Photographer unknown.

Now in its eighth year, the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary filmmakers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 3–6, 2014). For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes, and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. Two filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in 2014.

Applications must be received by Friday, January 31, 2014. Applicants will be notified by email in early March. Click here for grant guidelines and application information. 

Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary during his short career. “With a cold eye and a warm heart,” as colleague Ian Olds described his approach, Scott examined how the forces of state power and economics impact individuals. Without any formal training in film, he directed Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story, examining the case of a methamphetamine addict who stole a tank from an armory and went on a rampage through the San Diego suburbs. He went on to make Occupation: Dreamland, codirected with Olds, about U.S. soldiers in Falluja, Iraq. It won prizes at Full Frame and the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2006, Scott died of a heart attack at age 37.

Scott’s friends, family, and colleagues established this development grant to help other emerging filmmakers reach their potential. The grants selection committee looks especially for filmmakers who fulfill Scott’s example by bringing a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary making.

Past winners have gone on to receive significant recognition, screening their finished works at Full Frame and other prestigious festivals including Sundance, IDFA, SXSW, Berlin, and Silverdocs. In addition, winners and their films have won numerous awards and accolades, including a Best Editing in a Documentary Feature award for Jason Osder’s Let the Fire Burn at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, along with a Best New Documentary Director–Special Jury Mention for Osder, a 2012 Garrett Scott grant recipient. In 2013, Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grants were awarded to Lyric R. Cabral for (T)error and Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara for In Country.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.

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