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Film Columbus and Greater Columbus Arts Council Announce the Film It In Cbus Creation Awards

in Press Releases August 2, 2021 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Film Columbus and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) are investing in local filmmakers.

With the new Film It In Cbus Film Creation Awards now open for applications, there will be two awards given this year: a $20,000 grant for a local film project and a $2,500 award for script development by a local filmmaker. These awards are the first large-scale awards specifically for film given by the Arts Council.

“We’re beyond excited to be able to present these awards to Columbus-based filmmakers,” says John Daugherty, director of Film Columbus and film commissioner for Columbus and the central Ohio region. “We wanted to do it last year, but 2020 didn’t pan out like we all thought it would. We think these two awards have the potential to make a real impact on the Columbus filmmaking community. Not only now, but in the future.”

Applicants need to be at least 18 years old; professional, working filmmakers; live in Franklin County or the surrounding contiguous counties; and not be enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students.

“We’re very excited to continue investing in local artists through these fellowships,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Arts Council. “The filmmaking community benefits Columbus by not only bringing national attention to our city, but by supporting local jobs as well.”

“We see these grants as a stepping-stone to bigger things as we continue to try and grow the film industry here,” says Daugherty. “The script development grant could lead to a bigger project being produced here in Columbus. The larger award could lead to a pilot being picked up for series production, or a local film that’s helmed by someone who will look at Columbus for their next even bigger project. We’re really looking forward to seeding the future potential and growth of the industry.”

Film Columbus has recently been pushing for industry growth through true development of a film industry infrastructure. This will aid in the recovery from the COVID pandemic through job creation and growth.

“The industry isn’t about Hollywood here, it’s about jobs and helping filmmakers and the film industry workers get back to work after a devastating 2020,” says Daugherty.

Applications for the fellowships are due Wednesday, Sept. 1. Full guidelines and links to apply can be found at

About the Greater Columbus Film Commission: The Greater Columbus Film Commission (Film Columbus) aims to grow the film industry in Columbus and central Ohio by creating jobs and providing significant economic impact for the area. Film Columbus strives to build Columbus as a top city for film education, exhibition and production. Film Columbus is a division of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and is primarily supported by funds provided by the City of Columbus. For more information, visit

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.

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