Apply Now! WAVE Grant Open for Five Up-And-Coming Filmmakers

Wavelength Productions has opened submissions for the WAVE grant, which will award five women and non-binary filmmakers of color.

The WAVE grant will award five new filmmakers with $5,000 and a mentorship program. (Image credit: Wavelength Productions)
The WAVE grant will award five new filmmakers with $5,000 and a mentorship program. (Image credit: Wavelength Productions)

Submissions for the WAVE grant are now open. From Wavelength Films, the production studio behind titles such as Isabel Bethencourt and Parker Hill’s “Cusp” and Ekwa Msangi’s “Farewell Amor,” the initiative supports first-time women and non-binary filmmakers of color. The Wave Grant stands for “Women at the Very Edge” and includes a $5,000 grant and mentorship program.

The WAVE grant was launched to support directors with the production of their first short documentary or narrative film. A press release from Wavelength announced that “the program has been so successful that they will be awarding the mentorship program and grants to the top five filmmakers this year.”

“We are thrilled to once again help amplify the under-represented and often unheard voices of female and non-binary filmmakers in this industry,” said Jenifer Westphal, Founder of Wavelength. ”We have discovered some truly inspiring filmmakers and incredible stories since starting this initiative and look forward to being amazed once again this year.”

Apply for the WAVE grant and find more information here. Applications close December 1, 2021.


  • Recipients will receive a $5,000 seed grant for the production of their short film.
  • Recipients will receive a mentorship program. The Wavelength team will assist with development, production, and distribution strategies.


  • Wavelength’s WAVE Grant is for short narrative or documentary films (under 30 minutes). Shorts already in production or post-production will not be considered.
  • This project must be the applicant’s first film. Student films do not count as prior work.
  • Applicants must own the copyright of their production and have budgetary and editorial control.
  • Applicants must identify as a member of the BIPOC community and identify as female or non-binary.
  • Applicants must be based in the United States and will be required to provide proof of residency.
  • Student films, feature films, series and engagement/outreach campaigns will not be accepted.


  • Treatment/outline of the project (3 paragraphs). A script for narrative projects is not required but preferred if you have it.
  • Proposed budget and schedule
  • CV/resume
  • 1-3 minute video introducing yourself and the project (private Vimeo or YouTube link is preferred)
  • Signed release form

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