Film Resources

In line with the Cincinnati Film Society’s mission of providing support to filmmakers in Cincinnati, we have created a variety of resources for filmmakers in the area including cash awards, residencies, and production support.

Filmmaker in Motion Residency – Filmmaker in Motion yields unprecedented resources in Cincinnati for area, and international filmmakers of all stages of their specialties including grant sources, prizes, residencies, and workshops. Learn more about program specifics and how to apply.

Dale Stevens Critics Award- The Dale Stevens Critic’s  Award is bestowed to regional filmmakers to honor the memory and spirit of the former Cincinnati Post entertainment editor Dale Stevens, who was instrumental in the founding of the Cincinnati Film Society in 1979. The cash award is presented annually to recognize Midwest filmmakers whose work(s) have not yet received major distribution. Learn more about the award.

Emerging Filmmaker Award- The Emerging Filmmaker Award is awarded to filmmakers who have presented complete scripts and production plans to create a feature or short film of their genre of choice. The filmmaker chosen for the award receives fiscal agent support, a cash award, and a screening event of their film. Learn more about the Emerging Filmmaker Award.

Sister Cities Filmmaker Exchange- The purpose of the exchange is for filmmakers of Cincinnati and our sister cities to create documentary or narrative films to bridge cultural and national boundaries, to address common social challenges in our global community, and learn about the host city’s historical/cultural underpinnings, and art through our exchange and Cultural Film Series. Learn more about how the exchange program works.

Fiscal Sponsorship- Fiscal Sponsorship allows your non-commercial project to apply for funding from organizations that require non-profit status. which is required by many foundations, corporations and government agencies in order to be eligible for funding and also allows you to receive charitable deductible contributions from individual; which is a big incentive for individuals considering making a donation to your project. Learn more about fiscal sponsorship from the Cincinnati Film Society.