Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

    Due to the global pandemic, Full Frame will present an online showcase of films for its 2021 edition, to take place June 2 through June 6. In light of the virtual format, the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant will be postponed until the festival returns to an in-person event. 

    The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2022. The Grant has recognized a prestigious collection of first-time filmmakers over these years. More information about past recipients and the background of the Grant are included below.

    Details about next year’s call for applications will be posted in the fall of 2021. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Sadie Tillery.

    Previous Grant Recipients


    Isabel Bethencourt, Parker Hill

    Anne Alvergue, Debra McClutchy


    After Sherman
    Jon-Sesrie Goff

    Million Dollar Block
    Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma 


    Shadow of His Wings
    Lucas Habte

    Black Mothers
    Débora Souza Silva


    Minding the Gap
    Bing Liu

    Stalin, Lenin, and Other Tales from South India
    Kavita Pillay 


    Quest: The Fury and the Sound
    Jonathan Olshefski

    Matt Yoka 


    Sweetheart Deal
    Elisa Haradon and Gabriel Miller

    The Trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal
    Ted Passon 


    Hale County This Morning, This Evening
    RaMell Ross

    The Peacemaker
    James Demo 


    Lyric R. Cabral

    In Country
    Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara 


    Ben Powell

    Let the Fire Burn
    Jason Osder 


    Call Me Kuchu
    Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall

    12 O’Clock Boys
    Lotfy Nathan

    Johanna Hamilton 


    25 To Life
    Mike Brown

    Jessica Gonzales vs. The United States of America 
    April Hayes and Katia Maguire 


    Anatomy of Poverty
    Elinyisia Mosha

    The Canal Street Madam
    Cameron Yates 


    War Don Don
    Rebecca Richman Cohen

    Garbage Dreams
    Mai Iskander

    The Unreturned 
    Nathan Fisher 


    My Perestroika
    Robin Hessman

    The Last Buffalo Hunt
    Lee Lynch 

    About the Grant

    The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary directors for travel and accommodations to attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Grant recipients are given access to films, discussions, and mentorship by experienced filmmakers and also present short excerpts from their works-in-progress at the festival.

    The grant’s namesake, Garrett Scott, made a distinctive mark in documentary during his short career. Without any formal training in film, he directed Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story, examining the case of a methamphetamine addict who stole a tank from an armory and went on a rampage through the San Diego suburbs. The film prompted Filmmaker Magazine to cite Garrett as one of 2002’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Garrett went on to make Occupation: Dreamland, co-directed with Ian Olds, about U.S. soldiers in Falluja, Iraq. It won prizes at Full Frame and the Independent Spirit Awards. Both films were broadcast by the Sundance Channel. In 2006, Garrett died of a heart attack at age 37.

    Garrett’s work examined how the forces of state power and economics impact individuals. Stylistically, his films broke convention, giving audiences new perspectives on familiar milieus like suburbia or war-torn Iraq. He was a beloved member of film communities in San Francisco and New York City and several points in between.

    His friends, family, and colleagues established this development grant to help other emerging filmmakers reach their potential. The grant’s selection committee looks especially for filmmakers who somehow fulfill Garrett’s example by bringing a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary making.