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Oscar nominated, The Producer's Night Los Angeles, Flickers' Rhode Island Film Festival, ...

The Tarkovski Grant supports hundreds of filmmakers each year in their challenging journeys as independent filmmakers. From 'new filmmakers' to Oscar nominated talent.

The good news, you’ve completed a film. A narrative, documentary, experimental, animated, underground or any other type of film. It took you an immensely amount of energy, money and time.

The bad news, right when you thought you were ready to share everything with the world, you realized that a new hurdle rised all over again, simply to get your project seen by anyone else. To get your message out into the world, to get recognition. Although this frustrating approach may be standard in some creative fields, there aren't many industries that are as competitive as the film industry. This means that when independent filmmakers want to get their work properly recognized, they usually need the help of a professional organization to get even the basic attention their work deserves.

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Founded in 2015, more than 2,000 filmmakers received The Tarkovski Grant resulting the successful release of so many amazing gems that might otherwise stay under the radar. Some of the selected films went on receiving selections and awards at the top tier film festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, … even going as far as receiving an Oscar nomination.


The Tarkovski Grant is supported by major film festivals from all over the world.  

If selected you'll get a FilmFreeway submission fee waiver package that's worth at least $250 USD and grants you free submission access to 10+ film festivals. The current festival partners include iconic festivals such as the Brussels Independent Film Festival, the Venice Film Week, Super Shorts, Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festivals… among many others. 

This not only saves you a lot of money, but it also recognizes your work as something to watch for during the selection procedure, making a selection with another partner film festival more likely - but of course, never guaranteed.


Get ready to shine.

On top of this, you'll have the opportunity to get exposure through Final Cut Magazine with a customised one-on-one interview on your work.

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The Tarkovski Grant is part of The Bigger Screen.

Every year tens of thousands of films are being made worldwide. Many of these are amazing pieces with incredible messages, insight, beauty, and stories to offer society.


However, only a small percentage of these films end up having a release. Far too many of these eye-opening, enriching pieces stay unnoticed, stories go untold, and exemplary talent is overlooked. Most of this is due to high cost and inaccessibility to the filmmaker.


Because of this, our heart and soul are in The Bigger Screen, where we aim to make film as an art form more accessible and more inclusive. We don’t want to see important pieces tucked away in the dark. And at The Bigger Screen, we work on both sides of the screen. We are behind the screen encouraging and supporting filmmakers in their quest to spread their work through grants and opportunity. We stand in front of the screen by welcoming audiences to enjoy this art form, no matter what their social or financial status is.


The Bigger Screen runs several support programs, ranging from supporting local film talent, over the Connecting Cultures Program to the Inclusive Audience Program.

The Tarkovski Grant, a history of supporting one another.

The program started in 2015 by supporting 169 filmmakers. Then the support was extended to 430 filmmakers in 2016, 444 filmmakers in 2017, 351 filmmakers in 2018, 422 filmmakers in 2019, 474 filmmakers in 2020, and in 2021 the support was granted to 611 filmmakers.

The average value of The Tarkovski Grant is about $250 per filmmaker, bringing the total value of support until 2021 to a whopping $725,250 or approximately an annual support of $103,607.

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Measuring this financial impact is certainly an important aspect to shining a light in the dimly lit corners of independent film production, and it should not be understated how much this opportunity should not be passed up by any up-and-coming independent filmmaker.

What cannot be measured though is the size and scope of the waves that these opportunities create. Similar to a stone skipping across a pond, these waves coexist in harmonious and even sometimes beautiful ways. 

Making every intersection a new place to explore- creating infinite swells of endless creativity. 


1. Present your work to iconic film festivals.

Imagine getting to premiere your film on the world stage, with a robust viewing audience eager to view your material and give you insightful and invaluable feedback. Or, being able to access a much better chance for more great opportunities through even more growth from unexpected and unplanned sources- simply from being exposed to a larger and more engaged audience.

2. Put the spotlight on 'you'.

You'll be invited to answer some questions on your work. Based on your answers we'll write an article on your work and on you as an artist. The article will then be published on Final Cut Magazine and on the social media page of The Bigger Screen. Some examples.



Write us a message. We'd love to hear from you.

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The Tarkovski Grant and The Bigger Screen are projects by Velvet Room BV

Alpacastraat 29, 9000 Ghent, Belgium, EU


Velvet Room has ongoing projects based in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia.

The Tarkovski Grant runs in association with The Bigger Screen, Cinematory,, FilmFreeway,

Brussels Independent Film Festival, Super Shorts Film Festival London/New York/Los Angeles, Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, Venice Film Week, Verona International Film Festival, Doc.Berlin, Doc.Sydney, Doc.Boston, Doc.London, Bruges International Film Festival, Boston Short Film Festival, New Jersey Independent Film Festival, Toronto Arthouse Film Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, Obskuur Ghent Film Festival, Somerville International Film Festival, Toronto Film Week.

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