Glas Animation Grant

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
01/06/2021 - 01/08/2021
Berkeley, CA
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The GLAS Animation Grant program was designed to support artists and filmmakers making bold, groundbreaking, independent work. In the last three years, we have been able to give out six grants directly to filmmakers towards the development and production of their original short films.

2020 Grant Recipients:

Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma is a freelance animator and fine artist who currently resides in New York. She is an alum of the Laguardia High School of the Arts in New York and received her BFA in Animation at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2020. While you could describe her as being a very talkative person, she has always found it easier to express her emotions and feelings through visual mediums rather than words, making her work take on a very intimate and emotional quality overall. She enjoys making both 2D animation and stopmotion films, and often uses elements of mixed media in her films by combining traditional and digital elements through compositing. Her work as a whole ranges from fiction and fantastical to poetic and metaphorical, and often deals with memory and human interaction paired with themes of womanhood, family, and our relationship to the natural world.

Maria Constanza Ferreira (b. 1994 Caracas, Venezuela) is an interdisciplinary artist creating artwork across a range of media including video, photography, and interactive installation. Ferreira’s practice consists of a series of experiments exploring a profound fascination with materials science, natural structures, and light optics. In March of 2019, Ferreira began an ongoing Artist Residency at the Kahr Research Group within New York University’s department of Chemistry to continue her work with chemical crystallography. Her work has showcased internationally at places such as Times Square’s Midnight Moment, IndieLisboa Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception, SFO Museum, GLAS Animation Film Festival, and NYU Abu Dhabi's Art Gallery. Two of her videos have been nominated for Vimeo’s Best of the Year Awards in 2018 and 2019. Ferreira earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design as a double major in Film/ Animation/Video and Graphic Design.

The third edition of GLAS Animation Festival  launched the GLAS Animation Grant. This program is designed to fund independent animation filmmakers living and able to work in the United States who are making films outside of academic institutions. As filmmakers ourselves, we had a keen understanding of the lack of opportunities for funds specifically geared towards independent animators working outside of a commercial context, making bold, artistic work. In fact, there were literally no national grants exclusively for animators in the United States. We wanted to change that, and support animation artists making groundbreaking and vital work.

For the 2020 GLAS Animation Grant cycle, two separate $2500 grants (made possible with the support of an Anonymous donor) are to be awarded to two individual filmmakers living and working in the United States to create independent short films.


For the GLAS 2021 GLAS Animation Grant Cycle, we will have two grants in the amount of $3000 each, and a new grant in the amount of $6000 to support the creation of independent short films. Grant recipients will also receive a tablet courtesy of Wacom.

The GLAS Animation Grants are to be awarded to individual filmmakers living and working in the United States. They are not currently available to students or for commercial projects (including music videos, tv show pitches or web series)

Supporters:  anonymous donor, GKIDS, and Wacom


  • Filmmaker must be living and legally able to work in the United States.
  • Proposed project must be for an independent short film.
  • Proposed projects must be able to be completed within 2 years.
  • Filmmaker may not be enrolled in an academic institution.
  • Filmmaker must have at least one completed film to show.
  • Filmmaker must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Please note that pilots, web series, music videos, commissioned works, performances, installations, and features are not eligible for this grant at this time.


Event Dates

  • From 01/06/2021 to 01/08/2021



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