Mississippi Film & Video Alliance

The Resource for Mississippi Filmmakers

The Mississippi Film and Video Alliance is dedicated to fostering film and television production in our state. We administer the Emerging Filmmaker Grant program as well as provide 501(c)(3) services to film makers wishing to apply under not-for-profit status for other grant funding. 


MFVA Emerging Mississippi Filmmakers Grant Program 2017



Mississippi Film & Video Alliance Grants 5 filmmakers’ funds to finish their films in the state

August 16, 2017 -- Through a generous grant from the Mississippi Film Office, Mississippi Film and Video Alliance selected 5 filmmakers for the 15th annual Emerging Mississippi Filmmakers Grant Program.


Two narrative films and three documentary shorts were financed this year.


Joe Smiley of Jackson, MS will make the narrative short “The Water Cooler,” about a water cooler that breaks out of the office with MFVA funds.


"Filmmakers need all the help they can get financing their projects, especially amateurs like me. That's why I'm thrilled to have been awarded this grant. It's allowing me to pursue an idea I've been excited about for a long time, something I'm not sure I'd be able to do otherwise. That kind of an opportunity doesn't come along often, and I plan on making the most of it," Smiley said. 


James Puckett of Tupelo, MS also is making a narrative short titled "Delta Crossing," about two elderly former friends that cross paths once again.


Puckett shared Smiley’s sentiment and followed with, “The MFVA Grant is a very essential part of making this film and we couldn't be more thankful. It will help pay for the people and locations we wanted to use when we planned this film. Many filmmakers' dream will come true because of this grant”


Hannah Miller of Collins, MS will make a documentary short "Grow Where You Are Planted" about Mercedes Ricks in Magnolia, MS starting a food truck.


“MFVA will help me further my career by giving me the necessary funds and support to make a Mississippi film,” Miller said. “I want to be known as "Mississippi filmmaker" because Mississippi is my home, and without home and its many life lessons, I wouldn't have the direction or purpose that I do. Making a film about a strong woman in Mississippi is very important way that I can begin to give back to the place that's given me so much.” 


Victoria DeLeone of Oxford, MS will make a documentary short that is untitled on Heart Break Coffee in Water Valley about an emerging business opening.


Galen Mark LaFrancis and New Dawn Productions of Natchez, MS has a documentary short "Women of the Struggle: Facing Fear in the Civil Rights Era" will chronicle the teen and pre-teen years of young women whose families experienced intense intimidation and fear during the Civil Rights era in Mississippi.  LaFrancis is also receiving funding from the Mississippi Humanities Council for the film.


"We are honored by the support of the Mississippi Film and Video Alliance," said G. Mark LaFrancis, founder and president of New Dawn Video Productions. "Our independent film company is very young, however, we have committed ourselves to the motto 'Films With a Purpose.' We aim to bring voice to the voiceless, those who lived through troubled and difficult personal and social times. This grant will give us the financial wings we need to keep that goal aloft."


The Mississippi Film and Video Alliance is open to filmmakers from the entire state to help fund up to $2,500 for Mississippi made films. This serves as the 15th anniversary of the grant program and this year the MFVA board has expanded the award to also include submission waivers from numerous festivals throughout the state.


Festival waivers include Oxford Film Festival, Crossroads Film Festival, AfterGlow Film Festival, Sun & Sand Film Festival, Rails to Reels Film Festival, Festival South Film Expo, Clarksdale Film Festival and It's About You Film Festival. 


The program was created to help develop Mississippi’s film and video artists as the next generation of Mississippi’s legacy of storytelling. The grant is available to working and emerging Mississippi filmmakers. The program is open to legal residents of Mississippi, 18 years of age and older. Filmmakers have one year to complete their film after receiving the grant.


The MFVA board is made up of the following filmmakers: Melanie Addington of Oxford, Philip Scarborough of Jackson, Michael Williams of West Point, Coop Cooper of Clarksdale, Casey Dillard of Tupelo, Miles Doleac of Hattiesburg and Catherine Leatherwood of Long Beach. Nina Parikh of the Mississippi Film Office also acts as liaison for the board.


MFVA has helped fund over 50 projects in its fifteen years as an organization. Applications and supporting material must be received on or before August 1 each year. Information is available at http://www.msfilmandvideoalliance.org.



Application process begins June 1, 2018 and deadline is August 1, 2018. Grants will be issued on August 15, 2018. Films are due by August 1, 2019. 

Application deadline:  Applications and supporting material must be mailed to MFVA at the address below postmarked on or before August 1, 2018 or emailed to info@msfilmandvideoalliance.org with a Paypal payment. 

Applications received via e-mail will be accepted and are encouraged.

Funds available: The MFVA board of directors will offer a maximum of $2,500 for each project. Projects requiring less than $2,500 will also be considered. The first portion of the grant will be awarded no later than August 15.

FEST WAIVERS: Festival partners that provide waivers to grant recipients include: Oxford Film Festival, Crossroads Film Festival, AfterGlow Film Festival, Sun & Sand Film Festival, Rails to Reels Film Festival, Festival South Film Expo, Clarksdale Film Festival and It's About You Film Festival. 

Overall purpose:  To help develop emerging Mississippi film and video artists as the next generation of Mississippi’s legacy of storytelling.

Project deadline:  All funded projects must be completed by August 1, 2019 or an extension must be requested by July 1, 2019. The filmmaker must send a digital file or three DVD copies of the completed project by the deadline to MFVA as part of the project completion proof.

Contact and mailing address:

Mississippi Film and Video Alliance

3052 Davis Drive

Oxford, MS 38655


The 2018 application will be available May 1, 2018. 


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