Music on Film-Film on Music (MOFFOM) Documentary Grant


The Denver Film Society is proud to announce the Music on Film-Film on Music (MOFFOM) Documentary Grant Program. The MOFFOM grant will provide up to $20,000 annually in finishing funds for documentary productions specifically for music licensing, scoring and composition. Awardees will be announced at the 42nd Denver Film Festival (November 2019).


Full grant application deadline: SUBMISSIONS CLOSED


MOFFOM offers grants to selected feature-length documentary films in production and post-production

A film over 70 min in length is considered a feature-length film

We do not consider proposals for fiction films, docu-dramas, student projects, or outreach campaigns

Applicants must be 18 years or older

A fiscal sponsor is required to receive funding. The Denver Film Society offers a fiscal sponsorship program, but applicants can select a program of their choice. International applicants may apply, but must have a U.S. based fiscal sponsor should a grant be awarded. Grant recipients and their fiscal sponsors will be asked to review and sign a grant agreement and will be asked to submit progress reports on the project.

Review Panel

The Denver Film Society will convene panels to evaluate applications and award grants at its sole discretion. Winners will be announced in a press release and on the DFS website.

Fine Print

Filmmakers with incomplete applications will not be considered.

Filmmakers shall provide acknowledgment to the Denver Film Society and MOFFOM grant program. Logos will be provided by DFS.

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2017 MOFFOM Grant Recipients

In its inaugural year (2017), three projects were chosen for funding – GOING TO MARSBATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY and CALL HER GANDA. The filmmakers from the awarded projects and the jury – Cathy Carapella (music licensing), Shawn King (composer), and Jonathan Palmer (music supervisor and soundtrack producer) were joined together for a discussion about making the most of music in a documentary film during the 40th Denver Film Festival.

“The Denver Film Society is proud to announce the first round of funding through the Music on Film-Film on Music (MOFFOM) Documentary Grant Program,” says Festival Director, Britta Erickson. “This grant will provide much needed help to documentary filmmakers by awarding up to $20,000 annually in finishing funds for documentary productions, specifically for assisting with music for their films.”

The following films were selected as recipients in 2017:

Director: Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project pushes the boundaries of biographical documentary storytelling to reveal the enduring influence of one of America’s greatest living artists and social commentators. Combining parallel cinematic story editing with visually innovative treatments of her poetry, together with intimate vérité, rich archival footage, and Giovanni’s own captivating contemporary performances, Going to Mars recounts the story of the artist and activist and the tumultuous historical periods in which she lived—from the Civil Rights Movement, to the Black Arts Movement, to present-day Black Lives Matter.

Director: Dava Whisenant

Once upon a time in the USA, Broadway and Business had a baby: the corporate musical. The film tells the story of one of Capitalism’s strangest creations and the comedy writer obsessed with rescuing this hidden world from obscurity.

Director: PJ Raval

Grassroots activists in the Philippines are spurred into action when a local transgender woman, Jennifer Laude, is brutally murdered by a US Marine. As they demand answers, and a just trial, hidden histories of US colonization and abuse come bubbling to the surface.