2016 TU F3T Women in Fly Fishing Film Grant

TROUT - F3T - Grant AdTrout Unlimited is proud to partner with the Fly Fishing Film Tour, Orvis and COSTA to launch a grant to produce a short film that helps increase representation of women in fly fishing. The completed film will be considered for inclusion in the 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour, appear in the TU F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour cut and appear in TU and partner media online. The grant recipient will retain all rights and receive an interview in TROUT magazine, TU's membership publication. The application is available for download here.


Did you know that 1 out of 3 new fly anglers last year was a women*? Let’s start there. TU and leaders in the fly fishing industry want to see more women represented in fly fishing film and in our sport.

Since the first camera trained its lens on an Lee and Joan Wulff, Trout Unlimited has supported filming the many ways we pursue our passion for fishing. We’ve seen trends come and go, in-depth documentary, exotic locales and species, rock and roll soundtracks, and quiet contemplative mood pieces in fly fishing film. One thing remains constant, an angler on the water, catching fish. We’ve noticed that more often than not, it’s a man or a group of guys having the time of their lives chasing trout or taking communion on some sacred water. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but times they are a’ changing as they say. More women, youth and people of color, more people in urban areas are picking up the sport, but you won’t see them on screen nearly as often and that’s too bad, because we need them in this sport. We need them to see it, love it, try it and do it. We need them to become the eventual guardians of the resource and to help engage the next generation of anglers.


Up to $15,000.00 will be provided to develop an original short fly fishing film (production must begin after May 1, 2016). The grantee’s film (if complete by Dec 1, 2016) will automatically be shown in the F3T TU tour cut and be entered into consideration for the 2017 general F3T tour. The F3T TU tour cut will make more than a 100 stops nationally, shown at TU events and on TU social media. The film rights will be retained by the filmmaker, but in participating will grant TU an universal right to show the film at TU events and online in TU media. The grant may be provided in two waves (pre- and post-production) or all at once upon being awarded the grant depending on the strength of the submission.


Any filmmaker, team or production company can apply regardless of gender. Multiple grant winners is a possibility and at the discretion of Trout Unlimited, Fly Fishing Film Tour, Orvis and Costa. Employees of Trout Unlimited, Mayfly Media, Orvis and COSTA are ineligible. TU members and non-members are eligible. At least one project lead must be 18 years or older, and youth are welcome to apply. Open to students. Companies, outfitters/lodge/guide service promotion films are not eligible.  No "self-help", "instructional", or how-to-films please.  Entrants may seek support for their projects from companies, outfitters/lodge/guide through donation of goods, cash or services.


The grants will be made to filmmakers who can demonstrate a committment to high-quality filmmaking, and experience in outdoor media, film or video production.

Applications are due by April 1, 2016 and must include 1) a link to an reel or previous project (should be posted to private video account, Youtube or Vimeo), 2) a treatment or storyboards, 3) budget and 4) production schedule with list of production team and partners. This grant may not be used to finish an existing project, but can be used on projects that have funding from other sources. Preference will be given to nonfiction projects set on coldwater fisheries (trout, steelhead or salmon), where the grant is not more than 80% of the budget, and the treatment creates confidence it can be completed by December 2016.

In general all grantees must meet the F3T submission guidelines available online herehttp://www.flyfilmtour.com/submit-film/  


The project should increase representation of women in fly fishing and follow the F3T submission guidelines.


The application is available for download here.


  • January 23, 2016 -  Applications Available
  • April 1, 2016    -     Application Due
  • May 1, 2016    -     Grant Awarded
  • May 1 - Dec 1 -     Production
  • September 1   -     Rough Cut Due to Grant Committee
  • December 1    -     Film Must Be Completed


Questions about the grant can be addressed by email to Joel R. Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer, Trout Unlimited at jjohnson@tu.org OR Doug Powell, Doug@Mayflymedia.com


Please contact Chris Hunt, National Communications Director, Trout Unlimited at chunt@tu.org or 208-406-9106


Trout Unlimited

Fly Fishing Film Tour / Mayfly Media



Special Thanks to the Trout Unlimited Women's Initiative, Kerri Russell, Kelly Buchta, Jackie Jordan, Hilary Hutcheson and Outside Media, Beverly Smith, Jeff Yates, Stefan Jackson, Dun Magazine and Jen Ripple, Steve Hemkens, Peter Vandergrift, Doug Powell, Ryan Thompson, Chris Hunt.


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