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POSTED - March 3, 2022

Georgetown University Spring Screenwriting Class

Introduction to Screenwriting, an affordable six-week class, is being offered by Georgetown University’s Center for Continuing and Professional Education on our campus, at 640 Massachusetts Avenue NW from May 7 to June 18.

Classes will be held in person and are being taught by Kevin Downs, a filmmaker/writer/educator with extensive professional experience working alongside Academy, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning producers, directors, and recording artists. Kevin has optioned four screenplays for theatrical film and is the winner of awards and fellowships from the Louis B. Mayer Foundation, the International Telly Awards, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and World-Fest Houston. He holds an MFA from New York University’s prestigious Department of Film and Television and has 25-plus years of teaching experience at Georgetown. Many of Kevin’s former students are now working professionals at established companies like DreamWorks, Showtime, and ESPN.

Our classes are located conveniently near the Metro and are scheduled to accommodate the lives of working professionals. Class size is limited and early enrollment is encouraged. For a full course description and registration and tuition information, visit the link below.  




POSTED - February 24, 2022

Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant for 2022 Now Accepting Submissions

Returning for its 2nd year, the Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant offers the winner $3,000 and thousands more in donated services to help them complete their film. 

Sponsored by the 501(c)3 non-profit From the Heart Productions, the grant seeks short films that are unique and that make a contribution to society. Grant is open to narrative fiction shorts, live action or animated, that are 40 minutes or less in length.  

In addition to the $3,000 cash prize, the winner will also receive $3,000.00 in music and audio services from well-known composer David Raiklen, $6,000.00 in animation from Emmy award winner Charlie Canfield, $1,400 value (4 hours of sound mix session) from Silver Sound, and more from other donors supporting indie filmmaking.

Deadline for the Roy W. Dean Grant for Short Films is April 29th 2022. 

Filmmakers can apply for the grant at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/.  

All Filmmakers Who Apply Get a Free Consultation

The Roy W. Dean Grants offer applicants the opportunity for a 15-minute consultation on their project with board member Carole Joyce.  Filmmakers can get advice on how to fund their film, build up a database of donors, market their film, and more.

For more information, please email info@fromtheheartproductions.com or call 805-984-0098.


POSTED - February 24, 2022

Roy W. Dean Grant Spring 2022 Now Accepting Submissions

The Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring 2022 is now open for submissions. Since 1992, the Roy W. Dean Film Grants have supported independent filmmakers by awarding funding to unique films that make a contribution to society.  From the Heart Productions, the non-profit sponsoring the grant, is proud to have helped talented filmmakers complete films that impacted people’s lives and to have seen many of those filmmakers go on to have great filmmaking careers.

The grant is open to documentaries, narrative features, short films and web series.  Films must be unique, make a contribution to society, and be budgeted at $500,000 or less.  Students are welcome to apply.

Winner of the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring will receive $3,500 in cash and thousands more in donated film products and services including 40% deduction on color, editing, and sound & all production services from ProMedia NYC, 30% discount in equipment rental from AbelCine Tech, Inc. NYC, $1,600 value / sound mix session from Silver Sound, and more from many heartfelt donors.

Filmmakers can apply at http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/.

Deadline for submission to the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring is March 30th, 2022.

Every Filmmaker Gets Help for Their Project by Just Applying

Since it’s inception, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant has offered something for applicants that is itself unique for a grant.  Every filmmaker that applies for the grant  has the opportunity to receive a 15-minute consultation on their submission.  Filmmakers can get advice on how to find funding, build up a database of donors or investors, market their film, and more. 


For any questions, please email info@fromtheheartproductions.com or call 805-984-0098.




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