Film Commission scholarship and awards program opens Up to $2,000 available for Monterey County applicants

(Monterey, CA – Jan. 26, 2021) — 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 7, 2021.

The winner of the $2,000 award will be announced by May 10th.  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 winners to be used for their film projects or school tuition.

The scholarship’s funding has been supported by the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, Dino Cocalis, Honest Engine Films, the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation, and other local businesses and individuals.

 “We look forward to reviewing this year’s applicants, and the stories they want to tell, as we continue to support the storytellers of tomorrow, today,” said MCFC Board Chair and Scholarship Committee Chair Garland Thompson.

Last year’s $2,000 winner was Reyna Bautista Gonzalez, a student in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay. A second place award of $1,000 went to Kristin Rebozzi, also a CSUMB student.


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