Film Lauderdale Announces New Local Emerging Filmmakers Grant Program

Broward County, FL – Film Lauderdale is launching a new emerging filmmakers grant program for Broward County resident content creators. The program seeks to provide a funding resource to Broward County-based filmmakers to produce individual projects, with eligibility based on a set of Broward County-centric criteria.

“Our local filmmakers have been asking for a grant program to help get their projects made,” said Sandy Lighterman, Film Commissioner of Film Lauderdale. “These grants will be an essential launching pad for Broward residents who are just getting their careers off the ground. This initiative is aimed at nurturing our local content creators and helping them with funding that’s needed to jumpstart their projects.”

“Broward County is committed to growing the film and television industry, not only through attracting multimillion-dollar studio projects, but by supporting our diverse local filmmaking community to bring their projects to the screen,” said Broward County Commissioner Steve Geller.

“This program is directly in step with our goals to develop the local film industry workforce,” said Director of the Office of Economic and Small Business Development, Sandy-Michael McDonald. “By offering a support mechanism to elevate these locally produced projects, we can further build upon Broward County’s network of skilled crew, talent, and support vendors.”

Film Lauderdale’s Emerging Filmmakers Grant Program will require $10,000 in matching funds and proof of the funds must be provided with the initial application submission. The $10,000 grant will be distributed in four quarterly payments to an approved applicant (subject to appropriation each fiscal year) after meeting all required criteria in phases of pre-production, production, post-production, and completed project.

The applicant must be a practicing professional Broward County resident who in the past three years has created a body of original content. Other eligibility requirements apply. The program is set to launch after November 1, 2023.

For more information on Film Lauderdale’s Screen Production Incentive Programs, visit

About Film Lauderdale / Broward County Film Commission
Film Lauderdale is a full-service concierge Film Commission providing locations and logistics assistance, permitting for 26 municipalities, coordinating with state and federal entities and offering referral resources. The Film Commission’s mission is to attract film and television productions to Broward County, creating economic growth, high wage jobs and new opportunities for small businesses. 

About the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development is responsible for promoting economic development and supporting Broward County’s small businesses. Areas of focus include:  workforce development, business expansion and retention, small business growth, business development and outreach, international trade and export readiness, entrepreneurial development, and promoting Broward County as a film destination. Services are delivered by the agency and through partnerships with federal, state, local and private sector organizations. The office promotes equal access to Broward County’s procurement opportunities for small business enterprises in local and federal small business programs, and helps position small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to take advantage of opportunities, and grow their businesses beyond Broward.

October 2, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT: Sandy Lighterman, Film Commissioner

Film Lauderdale – Broward County Film Commission


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