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Film Student Scholarship Program Opens for Applicants



Applications are now being accepted for the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.  The deadline to apply is April 18, 2018.

The winner of the $2,000 award (or two $1,000 awards) will be announced by May 11.

Eligibility details and application forms can be downloaded at, or contact the film commission office at 831-646-0910 or

The scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film and beginning filmmakers who live in Monterey County, or who are currently enrolled in a community college or university in the county.  The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.  It is designed to help a film student work towards a career goal and the funds can go directly to the student to be used for their film projects or school tuition.

“Along with promoting economic development, the Monterey County Film Commission is dedicated to helping identify and promote the next generation of local young filmmakers,” said Gary Bolen, chairperson of the MCFC scholarship committee.  “This scholarship may assist budding filmmakers to make their first steps into a lifelong career in cinema.”

The scholarship’s funding has been supported by the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, Honest Engine Films, the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation, and other local businesses and individuals. Last year’s winner was Briana Gonzales, a student in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.