Deadline: October 25, 2019 at 4:30pm

All applicants are recommended to carefully read the grant priorities and guidelines. Eligible applicants must have a 501(c)3 tax exempt status in the form of an IRS designation letter. Funding requests for all applications must be at least $5,000; applications will be scored via a competitive merit based scoring system.

Grant awards are available for film exhibition programs that provide opportunities for local, national, and international filmmakers to screen their films and offer the opportunity to promote Suffolk County as a film-friendly region.

Prospective applicants should attend at least one of the following workshops to learn more about the grant programs and application process. Workshop participants are not required to apply for these grant opportunities, but attendance is highly recommended and participant organizations will receive an additional score. Please RSVP 631-853-4800 or by emailing Jacqueline.mccormack@suffolkcountyny.gov.


All applicants are recommended to attend a Grant Writing Workshop for Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs (SCOCA) Cultural and Film funding programs. Please RSVP at 631-853-4800 or Email jacqueline.mccormack@suffolkcountyny.gov.

September 25, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Patchogue Arts Council, 20 Terry St, Patchogue, NY 11772

September 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
East End Arts Council, Carriage House, 133 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901


3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY11746

September 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Media Room, H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788
All attendees enter through the plaza entrance and check in at the security desk.

Please be advised that all grant programs and funding levels are subject to budget availability and approval by the Suffolk County Legislature.


Application documents are available at suffolkartsandfilm.com. Applicants must review these documents before beginning an application. Completed applications must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

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Application Guidelines! Please read thoroughly and email us with any questions:

Emerging Film Festival Guidelines

Emerging Film Festival Application Form

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The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artists in New York State. NYFA Source is the organization's online database listing thousands of grants and sponsorship opportunities available to artists in a variety of fields, including film, theatre and broadcasting. 

NYFA also awards more than $11 million in grants to individual artists annually, and offers fiscal sponsorship to emerging media and artistic organizations. For more information, visit www.nyfa.org

New York State also awards grants to non-profit arts organizations. The program is administered by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and funded by the Governor, New York State Legislature and National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on these awards and on other resources available to artists in the State, visit www.nysca.org


The Huntington Arts Council administers the annual LI Arts Grants for the New York State Council on the Arts.  To apply for these grants, the same organization could not have applied to NYSCA directly in the same year.  For more information on these awards and other resources available to artists on Long Island, visit www.huntingtonarts.org



Screenwriters Lab

The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters’ Lab, going into its 15th year, is an intimate gathering that takes place each Spring in East Hampton, New York (2015 dates: April 10- 12). The Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers and creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters (chosen by HIFF in collaboration with key industry contacts). Visit the website for more details. 



Diana J. Cherryholmes
Film & Cultural Affairs
H. Lee Dennison Building
11th Floor
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788


P: 631-853-4800
F: 631-853-4767
E: Diana.Cherryholmes @suffolkcountyny.gov

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