Mentorship Programs

The Anthony Lawson LGBTQ Youth Mentorship Program

Each year, one scholarship will be awarded to a Massachusetts-based LGBTQ college student with an academic focus in film production or programming. The young filmmaker will be awarded travel from Boston, accommodations, and a meal stipend to participate in the Provincetown Film Society’s signature programs (the film festival, film financing program, and the women’s media summit) and will be partnered with mentors who will provide one-on-one guidance in their careers.

The mentorship opportunity is open to LGBTQ-identifying students who are enrolled in a Massachusetts-based college or university; between the ages of 18 and 24 at the time of application; pursuing a degree in film production, programming or is film related; and is available to travel from Boston to the film festival in June 2019. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified by April 15th, 2019.

Mentors will come from a pool of esteemed filmmakers and industry professionals who serve on the festival advisory board or have connections to the festival including Ash Christian, producer of “1985”, “Hurricane Bianca”, “Miles”, “Fat Girls,” & “Social Animals”; Rob Epstein, the Academy Award-winning director of films such as “The Life & Times of Harvey Milk” and “Howl”; Dan Minahan, Emmy Award-winning director of “Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards”; Javier Morgado, executive producer of CNN’s morning show, “New Day”; Will Scheffer, Emmy-nominated creator and executive producer of HBO series “Big Love” and “Getting On”; Jennie Livingston, director of “Paris Is Burning,”; etc.

This program was founded by the Conte family of Andover, MA to honor Provincetown Film Society’s Board President Anthony Lawson for his contributions to educating and mentoring high school students.

Complete Applications

The Tim McCarthy LGBTQ Youth Scholarship Program for an International Student of Color

The Tim McCarthy LGBTQ Youth Mentorship Program will enable an LGBTQ international student of color to attend the Provincetown Film Festival in June, screen their work, participate in a special student forum and connect one-on-one with industry professionals. This scholarship program honors the legacy of Tim McCarthy, a PIFF archivist for 20 years and an LGBTQ activist whose most important work focused on the atrocities against the LGBTQ community in Uganda.

Support for the program is provided by Paul Breen and Bo Harris of Provincetown.

Complete Application


Students must be currently enrolled in a college program; are between the ages of 18 – 24 at the time of application.


Application Due: March 15, 2019

Notifications by: April 15, 2019


The submissions process will be led by Liam Dacey, co-founder of the Notre Dame Queer Film Festival. Dacey has held management positions at the Provincetown Film Society, Newfest Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival and Showtime Network.


Candidates may submit one of the following: a 500-1000 word written essaya 1-5 minute video essayor a 500-1000 word essay with up to 20 images answering the following questions: 
-Who are you?
-What do you care about?
-Who do you care about helping?
-What do you want to do?
-Describe how you think a mentor can help you achieve your vision.