Anthony and Joseph V. Russo, collectively known as the Russo Brothers, are best known for their blockbuster directorial work, including movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Their recent film, Avengers: Endgame, has become the fastest movie to gross over $2 billion worldwide and is currently the second-highest-grossing film of all time.
The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum provides the opportunity for inspired and creative artists to craft films that explore the Italian American experience. In conjunction with the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and the National Italian American Foundation, Joe and Anthony Russo support filmmakers whose vision and inspiration explores the cultural expression and identify of the Italian American people.
Each year, a select number of applicants are awarded $8,000 grants that serve as a production budget for the story they would like to develop and create for the screen. Documentary, narrative, fiction and nonfiction are all acceptable formats. There are few rules, other than it must illuminate some aspect of the Italian American experience. These grants are open to people of all nationalities and backgrounds, as the Italian American culture has touched so many in profound and resonant ways. Grants will be awarded based solely on the promise of a film’s premise, how it relates to the Italian American experience and the creative potential of the filmmakers. For questions, please contact Gabriella Mileti at [email protected].