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 41st Denver Film Festival (November 2018).


Important Dates:

  • Submission period opens: March 8, 2018
  • LOI Deadline (2 pages max): April 2, 2018
  • Notification of Invitation to Submit a Full Application: May 1, 2018
  • Early Deadline for completed application: May 31, 2018
  • Late Deadline for completed application: : June 15, 2018


  • 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


Letter of Inquiry (LOI):

Approximately ten applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Finalists’ materials will be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals including composers, music supervisors, producers, etc.



Full Application:

  • Two-page treatment
  • Three work samples. One should be footage from the project intended for the grant
  • One page director statement
  • How will you measure the success of this project?
  • List of names, roles, and qualifications of key individuals involved in the project including a music supervisor and fiscal sponsor
  • Full budget including money raised to date

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.


Payment will be made via business check and can be made out to an individual or company name according to recipient specifications. The Denver Film Society will issue a 1099 form at the year’s end reflecting grant income.

Fine Print:

  • Filmmakers with incomplete applications will not be considered. LOI’s without payment will not be considered.
  • Filmmakers shall provide an acknowledgment to the Denver Film Society and MOFFOM grant program. Logos will be provided by DFS.
  • Filmmakers will be required to provide status updates throughout their projects.

For more information about MOFFOM, please contact:

Denver Film Society
1510 York Street, Third Floor
Denver, CO 80206

2017 MOFOM Grant Recipients


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.