Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Accepting Applications for 2016 Garrett Scott Grants

2015 Garrett Scott Grant recipients Lyric R. Cabral and Ben Powell

Filmmakers and 2015 Garrett Scott Grant recipients Lyric R. Cabral and Ben Powell

Now in its tenth year, the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary directors for travel and accommodations to attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 7-10, 2016. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, master classes, and mentorship by experienced filmmakers. Recipients will also present short excerpts from their works-in-progress at the festival. Two filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its tenth year.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, Full Frame will host an event in New York City on June 1, 2016. In addition to participating in the four-day festival, this year’s grant recipients will be invited to attend this New York event and present their work for a second time, with travel and accommodations provided by Full Frame.

Applications must be received by Friday, February 5, 2016. Applicants will be notified by email no later than March 7. 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.

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

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