The TFI/ESPN Future Filmmaker Prize is Now Open for Submissions!

The TFI/ESPN Future Filmmaker Prize is now open for submissions! It awards media makers, currently pursuing master’s degrees, who are creating short-form documentaries that highlight the exceptionally creative work of an athletic community or organization working towards solving social issues. The prize aims to spotlight aspiring media makers producing creative, story-driven films that focus on issues of social importance through the lens of sports, athletics, or competition.

Each filmmaker will receive a grant of $25,000 to use towards the development, production, or post-production of their film. In addition to financial support, grantees will receive curated professional guidance and mentorship through a workshop led by TFI and select industry leaders.  

Submissions Now Closed

In order to qualify for the TFI/ESPN Future Filmmaker Prize, applicants must comply with ALL Rules and Eligibility Requirements.


Submissions Open - May 16, 2016

Submissions Close - August 16, 2016


There is no entry fee to apply for the TFI/ESPN Future Filmmaker Prize.

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