The Franz Wieser Grant program is currently on pause as part of a restructure and redesign that will allow us to come back stronger and further improve our commitment to the filmmaking community. Stay tuned for updates.
In 2013, ARRI launched a grant program for US-based productions to help foster new talent and allow underrepresented voices to be heard. Formerly known as AMIRA grant, later renamed to Franz Wieser grant, we supported over 25 projects by providing camera and lighting equipment for feature films, TV pilots, documentaries, shorts, and still photography projects. Last year we recognized the need to revisit the program, and made necessary changes to extend our commitment to the filmmaking community.
About Franz Wieser:
Franz Wieser grew up in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany. Starting with an internship doing market research in the early 90s, moving on in his role becoming the Marketing Manager, he worked his way up to Vice President of Marketing during the last 25 years.
Franz Wieser was a significant force behind the industry transition from film to the digital age. One of Franz’s other major achievements was greenlighting the original AMIRA Grant program. Franz passed away in 2019, but his legacy will continue to bring positive change.
What is new?
Starting in 2021, new media projects, live performance, PSA, and livestream have been added as eligible formats for the grant support.