The Caucus Foundation 2019 Grantees

The Caucus Foundation congratulates our 2020 Grantees Hollywood's future filmmakers and content creators.

The Foundation is grateful to it's funders
Mission Statement: The Caucus Foundation for Producers, Writers & Directors is dedicated to Scholarship Support, Financial Grants and Mentoring a diverse group of talented students; to help them build their futures in all forms of content creation.

"The Annenberg Grant and The Caucus Foundation Grant has meant the world to our film. The recognition and support for Esta es tu Cuba has made it possible to finish our film the way we originally intended to share it with the world. This important, true story may not have seen the light of day without this generous support and encouragement. Thank you!"

- John Sayage, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University

The Caucus Foundation is pleased to have Alfonso Ribeiro host the 2020 Student Grant Awards. Ribeiro will introduce us to this years Grantees and present the Gold circle Awards.


2021 Round 1 Student Grant Applications deadline is January 2021.
Grant guidelines are here.


Aaron Fink for RUST, Chapman University
Madison Gwinn for MARKETA IN THE DESERT, Chapman University
Alexandra Geller for UNDERCOVERED, Emerson College
Noah Graham for OUTSIDER, Emerson College
Jasmine Galdamez for EL MOZOTE, CSUN
Takai Ginwright for CANARY IN A MINE, UCLA
Kelly Pike for UNDERCUT, UCLA
Lia Lenart for CASSANDRA, UCLA
Sherial McKinney for FROG CATCHER, UCLA

The Caucus Foundation Grant has meant the world to us! Both the director and I poured our hearts, souls, and bank accounts into Rust because we be-lieved in it. So to have those feelings validated through your generous award means a lot.
- Aaron Fink, Chapman University
2019 First Place Gold Circle Award Winner

The Caucus Foundation's grant came at a critical time in the process of making my thesis film. Though I was far into the picture editing process, the grant allowed me to see the film through to completion by funding professional color grading and sound mixing. Without these funds, I would not have been able to finish this film properly. But now I have a film that I am proud to have represent me as a director. There is nothing more valuable than this to someone in the nas-cent stage of a new career. Thank you, Caucus Foundation.
- Kelly Pike, UCLA 2019 Second Place Gold Circle Award Winner


The 2018 Caucus Foundation Gold Circle Awards were presented to:
First Place Gold Circle Winner: Panavision Camera Package - John Savage, dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University for "Esta es tu Cuba"

Second Place Gold Circle Winner: illuminate Post Production Package - John Cerrito, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for "The Way You Look Tonight"

The 2018 Caucus Foundation Television/New Media Award was presented to the creative team from USC for "Coventry", a short form dramatic series about an Army veteran suffering from traumatic memories.

Photo: Steve Cohn Photography. Left to right: Tanya Hart, John Cerrito, John Sayage, Robert Papazian, Dennis Doty.