star twitter facebook envelope linkedin instagram youtube alert-red alert home left-quote chevron hamburger minus plus search triangle x

The Sylvia and David Steiner Film Workshop/Film Experience Fund

The Sylvia and David Steiner Film Workshop/Experience Fund is an endowment created to impact student learning and support the Carnegie Mellon University community engaging in film/screen-based projects.

The Sylvia and David Steiner Film Workshop/Film Experience Fund is an endowment to cultivate and foster creative screen-based projects involving those in the Carnegie Mellon community. The grants may range in allotments of $250, $500, $1000, or more if needed depending on the project and the resources requested. While the stewardship of the fund is administered by representatives from The Heinz College and The College of Fine Arts, any currently enrolled student of Carnegie Mellon may apply for funding. In addition, a faculty or staff member may apply in support of a project that directly involves a current student.

Please note these qualifications for receiving funds:

  • Student applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at CMU and in good standing (not on probation, leave of absence, or suspension)
  • Undergraduate or graduate thesis projects are eligible, including but not limited to short films, documentaries, and full-length narratives
  • Screen-based art featured within a live performance of any kind are eligible

If you are interested in receiving support, please follow these steps:

  1. Make an appointment to discuss the project with Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) Program Director Dr. Dan Green at or MEIM Senior Academic Program Director Mary Ryan at
  2. Complete the online form (student)
  3. Complete the online form (faculty or staff advisor)

Evaluation criteria for proposals:

  • Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality and vision of the project, as well as the demonstrated capabilities of the applicant(s) to complete the project as proposed. These demonstrated capabilities may include an outline or script, the completed or projected budget, past references to previously filmed projects, a projected schedule, or other supporting items.
  • A faculty or staff member advisor statement of support (required for all student proposals). The statement should address the following:
    • a) the scope of the project
    • b) whether the advisor believes that the student is capable of their proposed project
    • c) whether the advisor of the project endorses the proposed work
  • Quality of the information submitted in the online application

Funding Allocation

  • Grants can be disbursed by direct purchases through the university’s accounting system (in which a business administrator facilitates the purchase on the awardee’s behalf) or via reimbursement for expenses paid directly by the awardee, upon submission of valid receipts and justifications. Students who request to receive the award in their student account will need to apply to receive a “non-qualified scholarship” in the form of an electronic transfer (note that this may be taxable income).

Requirements upon project completion:

  • Each completed project must include an acknowledgement that the project was completed with the assistance of The Sylvia and David Steiner Film Workshop/Film Experience Fund. A Steiner logo may also be included.
  • Upon completion of a funded project, the awardee must submit proof of completion (e.g. a link to view the funded project; photos or video recordings of a live performance featuring the funded project, etc.) and a 1-2 paragraph summary of the specific ways in which the awarded funds were used to support the project.
  • If at any point it becomes clear to the awardee that the project is not able to be completed as outlined in the original proposal, the awardee must immediately contact Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) Program Director Dr. Dan Green at or MEIM Senior Academic Program Director Mary Ryan at to discuss option for reallocation or return of the awarded funds.