The Cary Fukunaga Production Fund is a $20,000 fund given to a Grad Film thesis student whose proposed project demonstrates a deep and abiding commitment to filmmaking featuring Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) stories and/or voices.
2022 Fukunaga Recipient
FRAN ZAYAS for Remnants
Remnants: After his local cemetery was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, an unrelenting young man must secretly retrieve and escape with the displaced remains of his mother in order to give them a proper burial.
BIO: Fran Zayas is a filmmaker from Lares, Puerto Rico. Through the lens of genre and non-traditional storytelling, Zayas explores themes of morality, self-purpose, and grief.
2022 Fukunaga Finalists
A young boy copes with his parents' separation by fighting his father after discovering his affair with another woman.
No Pets Allowed
In a future where pets are outlawed by the government, Ping, a man with a desperate case of erectile dysfunction, puts his last hope for a son in a turtle.
The CFPF is looking for a Grad Film thesis student whose proposed project demonstrates a deep and abiding commitment to filmmaking featuring Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) stories and/or voices.
This fund is intended for students who have yet to begin their thesis project but have completed (or are in the final semester of) the first two years of coursework in Grad Film.
Prospective films should be narrative short thesis projects from current Grad Film students.
Applicants should apply with a project that can be completed within two years of receiving the fund.
To apply for the fund, the applicant must be attached to the film as the DIRECTOR.
Directors may have written or co-written submitted scripts and may also apply with a script written by a third party as long as proper credit is given to the writer AND the director has the rights to develop the project.
The Fund Recipient will be announced in Summer 2022.
Grad Film alumnus Cary Fukunaga’s short film VICTORIA PARA CHINO is a harrowing account of the deadliest smuggling incident in U.S history, where dozens of Central American and Mexican immigrants died in a refrigerated trailer in Victoria, Texas. Shot during his second year at NYU and screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the short won a Student Academy Award in 2005, along with numerous other accolades. A prolific writer and director, Fukunaga has received critical acclaim for his feature films SIN NOMBRE, JANE EYRE, and BEASTS OF NO NATION. His television work includes directing the first season of the HBO series True Detective which earned five Primetime Emmy nominations and wins in the Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Directing categories. Fukunaga is also the first American to helm a Bond film, with the upcoming NO TIME TO DIE.