Santa Monica International Film Festival is produced by Santa Monica Film Festival (SMFF) a California non-profit organization.  SMFF provides in-kind and cash grants to emerging filmmaker to be used as finishing funds for new, compelling and innovative films.


The Santa Monica Film Festival accepts proposals throughout the year, with no application deadlines and no application forms. The Foundation accepts requests from filmmakers that reside in and/or go to school in Santa Monica, CA.


The Foundation provides both general operating and post production support. Additionally, the Foundation has a very strong preference for projects associated with Santa Monica College - SMC Film Production Program. The Foundation does not consider funding for individuals, or organizations based outside of the United States. The Foundation does publish an annual report or grants list.

We ask that you include the following information in your proposal (in one PDF):

  1. Proposal summary and description of the film project, including objectives.

  2. Background information of the filmmakers.

  3. Description of key staff/volunteers involved in the project/program.

  4. The valid Student ID confirming your a student at SMC or other.

  5. Financial information, including the project budget, a line-item budget for the project described in the request, and a description of other sources of funding.

  6. Letter from head of film program confirming project is a student project.


Please email your proposal to #SMFF at the address listed below.


Due to the large volume of requests, it may take three to four months to evaluate your proposal.

Thank you for your interest in the Santa Monica Film Festival.


"CORA" Dir. Kevin Maxwell (SMC Film Production Program)

"LIKE A ROLLING STONE"  Dir. Daniel Hawley (SMC Film Production Program)

“SHAPE SHIFTER” Dir. Kelly Thompson Producers Carrie Finklea, Michael Osborne (SMC Film Production Program)



Santa Monica Film Festival
PO Box 4339 • Los Angeles, California, 91041  •