Jeff Lima Production Award

Jeff Lima

Jeff Lima

The Jeff Lima Production Award is a $10,000 award given to a Grad Film thesis student or recent alum to shoot a short film project that advances the Latinx presence on screen. 


The Jeff Lima Production Award aims to support Grad Film student directors and recent alumni whose proposed projects demonstrate integrity to the greater Latinx community through filmmaking by widening the scope of Latinx stories on screen.

The Award recipient will be selected by a committee comprised of Jeff Lima, Full-Time Graduate Film faculty and outside industry professionals.

The recipient must acknowledge the Award in the credits of their winning film. 


Graduate Film program thesis students (3rd year and above) and alumni who graduated from the Program within five years of award announcement will be eligible for the Award.

Prospective films should be narrative short projects.


The Award will be determined based upon a proposal for the project, which will include the following:

  • A screenplay
  • A synopsis
  • A director’s artistic statement of intent that explains what elements of their film advances the Latinx presence on screen and that describes the film's market validation
  • A budget
  • A short biography 


Submissions will be accepted from February through late April. The Award winner will be announced in late May. Eligible persons will receive an email with specific dates for every award cycle. The winner will have up to two years after notification to complete their short film. If the award is made to a current student, they will use it towards the completion of their Thesis film. If an alum wins the award, they must produce the film outside of any degree requirements and must provide their own equipment and insurance.