Film Grants

Son of Saul
“Son of Saul,” a film partially funded by the Claims Conference has been nominated for an Academy Award. The film won a Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture in the Foreign Language category and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

In movie theaters and on television screens, films bring the lessons and memory of the Holocaust to life. Recognizing the potential of film to reach large numbers of people and to educate and spark powerful discussions, the Claims Conference provides film grants as part of our ongoing support for Holocaust education, documentation and research.

Films highlight a particular aspect or story from the Holocaust, enabling viewers to connect emotionally with the victims and survivors. By learning of one family’s survival by hiding in a cave, or the triumph of a concentration camp soccer team, or the stories behind a tattooed number, even a viewer with no connection to the Holocaust will walk away with a realization that the vast numbers connected with the Shoah each represent a person, a story, a life taken away or forever changed.

For filmmakers: Apply for a grant

A list of previously funded films can be found on IMDb.


Claims Conference Film Events

  • Yom HaShoah 2020 – Films, Remembrance, and Education

    April 20, 2020

    Yom HaShoah 2020 - Films, Remembrance, and Education
    April 20, 2020 To commemorate Yom HaShoah, we will present an online screening of the films Who Will Write Our History and 116 Cameras. The event is co-presented by the Claims Conference with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Katahdin Productions, and The Azrieli Foundation. Two ...
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  • Lincoln Center Film Screening

    December 20, 2019

    Lincoln Center Film Screening
    Nearly 300 people filled to capacity the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in Manhattan for a movie screening of Who Will Write Our History. The event was hosted by the Claims Conference in partnership with the United States Holocaust Museum (USHMM), ...
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  • Eyewitness: Documenting the Holocaust on Film, Second Edition

    February 8, 2019

    Eyewitness: Documenting the Holocaust on Film, Second Edition
    On Thursday, February 7, 2019, the Claims Conference in partnership with the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles presented the second edition of a special forum on Holocaust film: Eyewitness: Documenting the Holocaust on Film
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  • Eyewitness: Documenting the Holocaust on Film

    December 7, 2017

    Eyewitness: Documenting the Holocaust on Film
    The Claims Conference partnered with the Paley Center for Media for this important event moderated by veteran journalist Ted Koppel. The panel included Holocaust survivors, film directors and experts in the field in a discussion on the impact of Film ...
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  • Son of Saul Wins Oscar for Best Foreign Film

    May 15, 2015

    Claims Conference Gave Funding to Produce Movie “Son of Saul,” the critically acclaimed film that received funding from the Claims Conference, has won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Claims Conference is proud to have supported this ground-breaking film ...
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  • Claims Conference Launches International Short Film Contest for Graduate Students and Recent Grads

    November 18, 2014

    Claims Conference Launches International Short Film Contest for Graduate Students and Recent Grads
    Winner to Receive $40,000 to Produce Holocaust Film Short The Claims Conference has launched “Short Film, Large Subject: The Holocaust Film Competition.” This is the organization’s first film contest, open to students currently enrolled in graduate-level film schools or recent ...
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  • Discovery at Sobibor Filmed with Claims Conference Support

    September 17, 2014

    Discovery at Sobibor Filmed with Claims Conference Support
    The Sobibor Documentation Project The gas chambers of the Sobibor death camp in Poland, destroyed by the Nazis after the 1943 prisoner uprising, have been unearthed by an archaeological expedition. The Claims Conference is proud to support documentation of this momentous project. ...
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