Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

    Full Frame will begin accepting applications for the 2020 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant in December 2019.

    More information will be posted later this fall. If you have questions about the grant, please email


    The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant was founded in 2007 to support singular new voices in documentary film. Its emphasis is on first-time filmmakers with unconventional training, those making formally challenging work, and those grappling with difficult subjects. Welcoming any background, training, or subject, the overriding mission is to support unique filmmaking talents at this crucial moment in their careers. The grant strives to connect new filmmakers to the larger documentary community. Grantees are invited to the annual festival as special guests, and given the opportunity to take part in one-on-one meetings, work-in-progress screenings, and a range of related activities.

    Working closely with Full Frame, grant committee members Ian Olds, Rachael Rakes, Thom Powers, and Esther Robinson have built an ongoing support pipeline that helps first-time filmmakers cultivate creative and professional relationships, build their understanding of the industry, and forge lasting networks of industry support as they move toward completion of their first feature film.

    The 2019 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant was awarded to Jon-Sesrie Goff for After Sherman and Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma for Million Dollar Block. The 2018 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant was awarded to Lucas Habte for Shadow of His Wings and Débora Souza Silva for Black Mothers.

    Previous grant recipients include RaMell Ross (Hale County This Morning, This Evening), Bing Liu (Minding the Gap), Jonathan Olshefski (QUEST), Lyric R. Cabral ((T)ERROR), Jason Osder (Let the Fire Burn), and Robin Hessman (My Perestroika), among others. Past winners have gone on to receive significant recognition, screening their finished works at Full Frame and other prestigious festivals including Sundance, IDFA, SXSW, Berlin, and Tribeca. In addition, recipients have won numerous awards and accolades, including several prizes at Full Frame.

    In 2018, the Full Frame Grand Jury Award was presented to Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening; Liu’s Minding the Gap received the 2018 Audience Award and an Honorable Mention from the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award jury. In previous years, QUEST and (T)ERROR received the Full Frame Grand Jury Award and My Perestroika received the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award. See a video celebrating the grant’s tenth anniversary here.

    Garrett Scott (Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story; Occupation: Dreamland) was an incisive thinker and self-taught filmmaker with a keen ability to see how individual action was connected to larger, often unseen, historical forces. The grant seeks to honor Garrett’s memory by supporting the next generation of exceptional documentary filmmakers.


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    The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant is supported by Joan Gillings and HBO.