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2nd Tasveer Film Fund

Tasveer is excited to announce the 2nd year Tasveer Film Fund (TFF).

This year, TFF will give out 3 grants of $5000 each to South Asian filmmakers in the US towards making a short film, a documentary, and an LGBTQIA+ film. 


Thank you to Netflix for supporting Tasveer Film Fund.

1st Tasveer Film Fund Winners: Naman Gupta & Janki Parekh won $5000 for their queer sci-fi script “Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine”


Do I need to live in the US to be eligible? What if I live abroad?

  • Yes, only filmmakers of South Asian heritage living in the US and with a US bank account are eligible to receive grant awards
  • If you live abroad but have a filmmaking partner living within the US, you are eligible to apply

Do I need to be of South Asian heritage to apply?

Yes, individuals from or with heritage in following countries are eligible to apply

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Tibet
  • Sri Lanka

How long should my script be?

  • For Short Film and LGBTQ+ Film: 5-20 pages
  • For documentary treatment: preferably for a 60 minute film

What date do I need to submit my script by?

  • Regular Deadline: Saturday, August 21st, 2021
  • Late deadline: September 25th, 2021

What is the timeline for awards?

  • September 25th, 2021: final submission deadline
  • October 1st, 2021: finalists are notified
  • Finalists pitch their script to a panel of judges during a live event (dates TBD)
  • October 24th, 2021: Three awardees will be selected and announced

How many scripts will be awarded funds?

Three scripts will be funded, one in each of the following categories:

  • Short Film
  • Documentary
  • LGBTQ+ film

If I am selected, will I receive any mentorship or additional support?

Yes! Tasveer will offer the following resources to grantees:

  • Mentorship – 25 hours of Tasveer staff time, dedicated to helping you bring your project to life
  • Connections in the film industry (with actors, other funders, equipment sources, when applicable and available)
  • Distribution advice
  • Premiere for their film in our 2022 film festival

What if I am selected, but need additional funding beyond $5,000?

  • Tasveer is unable to provide funding beyond the $5,000 award
  • However we are happy to provide advice and resources for seeking additional funding sources during scheduled mentoring sessions

If I am selected, when should my film be completed?

  • We anticipate this general timeline for Short Film and LGBTQ Film categories:
    • Awards made: October 2021
    • Pre-production and mentoring: Nov 2021 – Feb 2022
    • Production: Mar – Jun 2022
    • Post-production and distribution: July – Oct 2022
    • Premiere at Tasveer Festival: October 2022
  • For Documentaries, please communicate your estimated timeline in your application

Additional questions? Contact us!

Email: TFF@tasveer.org