• 10 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows—emerging filmmakers (ages 18 to 25): The Sundance Ignite program identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers by providing artistic and professional development to advance filmmakers to the next stage in their filmmaking. The yearlong fellowship begins with a weeklong digital lab orienting filmmakers to the fellowship and year ahead. Throughout the year, filmmakers will:

    • Work with a Sundance Institute alumni mentor
    • Receive a $3,000 artist grant
    • Participate as a cohort in monthly webinars, workshops and workshares throughout the year
    • Receive a complimentary Adobe Creative Cloud 12-month membership, where Creative Cloud is available.

The deadline to submit is February 14, 2023, at 11 a.m. PST.

Check out the many Ignite Resources on Sundance Collab.


  • Catapult Development Grant: The $25,000 USD development grant provides critical early-stage support to documentary filmmakers when funding is hardest to find for the work of creating a fundraising process. For filmmakers with a strong story to tell, who have secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising sample to help unlock critical production funding. The grant can be used for a variety of development related to this edited piece.  Application until 13/02/2022 at 5:00pm PST.  


  • Climate Story Fund, Doc Society: Deadline: February 1​ 2023 APPLY HERE


  • DCEFF Vantage GrantThe $12,500 DCEFF Vantage Grant will be bestowed to an emerging BIPOC filmmaker, working on a short film or their first feature, addressing a timely environmental issue at any stage of pre-production through post-production. Applications close on 20/01/2023.


  • Film & TV Funding Annual Award: With a main award of £100,000, the Film & TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary that fulfils the core criteria detailed here. The award is available internationally and it is free to apply. Application by 31st January 2023 (Midnight GMT).

  • Project: Hatched 2023 Open Call - Women & Non-Binary Filmmakers (Global), Chicken & Egg Pictures. Deadline: January 17 2023. APPLY HERE

  • Diane Weyermann Fellowship, Points North, Deadline: January 13 2023 APPLY HERE


  • CulturEU: an interactive guide to all EU funding for the cultural and creative sectors (75 funding opportunities from 21 EU programs, from Creative Europe to Horizon Europe, including structural funds and InvestEU). 


  • DOKweb: documentary funds data base.
  • • The only website offering a complete database on all public funding programs and production incentives for film, TV, new media and more.
    • Private website: you must register and pay a subscription fee.
  • IDFA Bertha Fund directory: worldwide film funds and resources for documentary filmmakers. Listing sorted by region, focus area, and more.




  • BRAVO CHARLIE FILMS INVESTMENT: it provides producers an investment that can represent up to 50% of sound post-production and VFX costs in exchange for rights in Canada.

  • CAAM documentary fund: production or post-production funding to independent producers with stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences. Awards typically range between $15,000 and $50,000.


  • Doc Society Funds (NY, USA & London, UK): non-profit film fund for documentary
    1. Pulse Doc Society Genesis Fund: international film fund supporting feature documentaries.

2.    The Climate Story Fund: two calls a year

  • EURIMAGES : feature length animation, fiction or documentary international coproductions fund.


  • FONDS JEUNE CRÉATION FRANCOPHONE:  aide (développement, production, post-production) à la création cinématographique et audiovisuelle dans les pays d’Afrique francophone, de l’Océan Indien et d’Haïti ouvert aux professionnel.les du cinéma et de l'audiovisuel des pays suivants : Bénin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Cap-Vert, Congo Brazzaville, R.D.Congo, Côte-d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinée, îles Comores, Ile Maurice, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, République Centrafricaine, Rwanda, Sénégal, Les Seychelles, Tchad, Togo et Haïti.

  • Ford Foundation: for social justice documentaries.

  • DocuboxEAST AFRICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FUND for talented, driven, focused and accountable East African artists to produce unique films.

  • Gucci Tribeca Film Fund:  finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight issues of social importance from around the world. The fund was geared towards films, based anywhere, in production or post-production. A select number of projects supported will spotlight the lives of women and committed agents of social and environmental change around the globe, and illuminate the ways they are working to improve their communities, their futures, and the world.

  • IBERMEDIA: international film fund for Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese audiovisual and cinematographic films.​​

  • OKRE's Accelerator Fund (UK): Charity giving grants to develop any documentary (including science, global issues, environment etc.).

  • Sundance Institute


  • The Redford Center: for environmental justice docs.

  • The Sanbox Fund: offers grants for films exploring the link between science and culture through innovative documentary storytelling. It is administered by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, in collaboration with Sandbox Films.

  • Visions Sud Est (Switzerland): Grants for feature length documentaries or fictions from the South (Africa, Latin America and Asia) and Eastern European countries (which are not members of the European Union).




  • Touscoprod: crowdfunfing and sponsoring platform.





  • Native Lens Media Fellowship, Rocky Mountain PBS and KSUT Tribal Radio. Deadline: December 31 2022 APPLY HERE
  • Grist Fellowship Program, Grist, Deadline: December 19 2022. APPLY HERE
  • ITVS coproduction fund: apply with your work-in-progress documentary by 16/12/2022.
  • Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, Sony Deadline: December 13 2022. ENTER HERE

  • The Studio IX Mother Project Grants, Studio IX, Deadline: December 3 2022. APPLY HERE

  • Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund: Development grants for African filmmakers of up to $10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD to four to ten projects annually. Up to five funded projects will be invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program. Application by 30/11/2022.

  • GENERATION Africa 2.0: Call for African narrative on environmental justice and climate change stories. Development funding for further research and filming after the workshops for African fimmakers. Application by 21/11/2022. SUBMISSIONS to be sent to:

  • Catapult Research grant: support at the earliest stages when it is riskiest to give and hardest to find. The grant provides five filmmakers with $10,000 and six months of mentorship during this often unpaid and underfunded stage of filmmaking. Application by 15/11/2022.

  • 2022 NRDC CLIMATE CHANGE STORYTELLING FELLOWSHIP: $20,000 grant for each to three writers to support revision of a feature screenplay or pilot that engages with climate change in a meaningful way. In addition, NRDC will connect each fellowship recipient with the following professionals for feedback and guidance on their scripts:

    - A credited professional screenwriter with an interest in climate storytelling 

    - A climate story consultant from NRDC’s Rewrite the Future program to advise on effective approaches to climate storytelling that are entertaining and impactful 

    - NRDC experts to advise on climate issues highlighted in the script.

    - After receiving these consultations, Fellows have six (6) months to complete a revision of their script. Revised scripts may be reviewed for development by prominent studios, agencies and/or production companies including Hyperobject Industries, Madica Productions, UTA and WME. 

    - At the end of the Fellowship, each recipient will provide a designated representative of the NRDC with a revised version of their script along with a short reflection on how the grant has been used to advance their work and/or impacted their career. 

    The first 400 writers that opt in with a qualified screenplay or pilot will receive one free month of hosting and one free evaluation. If you meet these criteria when you opt in, you will receive a notification. Fee Waivers must be requested no later than October 23, 2022.

    Application until 30/11/2022. Evaluations purchased before midnight on October 30, 2022 will be guaranteed consideration. If you have any questions:

  • CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA TV and online content call supports independent European audiovisual production companies for the production of audiovisual works - single or series - of fiction, animation or creative documentary with a focus on European co-production and a strong potential for European and international distribution.​
  • CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA European co-development call has been launched. It supports independent European audiovisual production companies with experience on the European market for the co-development of animation, fiction and creative documentary projects (cinema, TV, non-linear). ​

  • 2022 Catapult Development Grant (Round two)

  • AXS FILM FUND: to support documentary filmmakers and non-fiction new media creators of color with disabilities. 2020 very clearly brought about the need for compassion and serious change. Between violence targeted at people of color, a fearful divided nation, and the global pandemic, it is more important now than ever to raise and support a body of more culturally diverse voices. 

  • Submit your rough cuts for the East Silver Market and get a chance to win the Silver Eye Award here.

  • Coprocity Development Award: 5 000 euros price will award a project (feature-length film, more than 52 minutes) of the platform, curated by a jury of 3 members among others projects present on Coprocity.

  • 32nd CINEMED Development Grant: for feature films, shorts and feature-length documentaries of the 44th edition of CINEMED, which will take place from 21 to 29 October in Montpellier, projects whose director is from one of the Mediterranean countries, Portugal, Armenia, Bulgaria and some other countries (depending on the competition) or whose subject is related to Mediterranean issues. ​​

  • ITVS Diversity Development Fund (DDF): apply for research and development funding of up to $35,000 for directors of color to develop a documentary project for public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only. ​
    • Eurimages Co-production Development Award for the co-production, distribution, exhibition and digitisation of European cinematographic works will be handed out. This prize of €20.000 in cash could be used by the award-winner for the development expenses of their project. To be eligible, projects must be aiming for cinema release and must be designed as a European co-production between at least two member states of the Eurimages Fund for reasons other than purely financial.
    • Filmmore Post-Production Award: designed to stimulate collaboration with the Dutch Visual Effects & Post Production lab Filmmore. Receiving the award, which comes with a €5.000 prize, is an invitation to start a collaboration with Filmmore.
  • Cinekid Junior Co-production Market awards: for children's projects across the film and television sectors. Submit your children's film- or series project through this form, and read the regulations here

  • Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant (8000 EUR): for an original doc project with a social purpose. The endowment will allow the winner to produce a story that has never been told but that the photographer cannot find support for within the media. Entry is free.​

  • IDFA Bertha Fund Europe – Minority Co-production: this fund seeks to encourage European producers to participate as a minority co-producer in feature-length documentary projects by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania. ​

  • FONDS POUR LA JEUNE CREATION FRANCOPHONE: for producers from French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti, call for projects in Production and Post-Production. ​

  • IDFA Bertha Fund Classic: grants that support projects in development or (post-)production. Contributions up to €7,500 for development support and €25,000 for production support.

  • Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grant: support for independent nonfiction films with budgets under $1,000,000. ​​

  • Banijay UK Bursary (35): for emerging talent across the television industry to attend Sheffield DocFest 2022, taking place 23-28 June. Successful applicants will receive: 

    • A complimentary full festival industry pass, granting access to the full festival programme of films, exhibitions, talks, panels, industry sessions and live pitches, networking events and parties
    • A contribution of £100 towards travel and accommodation (offered as a reimbursement)
    • A virtual pre-festival briefing led by a Sheffield DocFest Senior Manager, giving an overview of the festival programme and information about key new talent initiatives
    • A new talent roadmap helping you navigate the Festival schedule.
  • Children's Resilience in Film Award (Shine Global): for any films or filmmakers celebrating the inspiring strength, creativity, and power of children across the world with a $25,000 cash prize. Submission deadline: 31/05/2022.

  • The Redford Center call: for 12 documentary feature films or series on environmental issue with proposed solution(s) at any stage of development, production, or postproduction. Each film receives a first-year (2022) $20,000 grant for production and/or impact campaign expenses, a GoPro camera package and an opportunity to present at a public film showcase with industry leaders. In year two (2023), we’ll award second-year grants to support the production, completion, and impact for up to five selected grantee projects. In addition to financial support, we work in a grantee cohort model and provide learning sessions and opportunities, networking and promotional support, and community building to all grantees. Questions? Please contact us at Application by 30/05/2022.

  • The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund (DFF) supports engaging documentaries in post-production which exhibit compelling stories, intriguing characters, and an original, innovative visual approach. DFF grants are awarded once each year to documentary feature projects and are open to filmmakers internationally. Individual grant amounts and the number of grants made will be determined on an annual basis. As with all SFFILM grants, in addition to the cash awards, recipients will gain access to numerous benefits through the comprehensive and dynamic SFFILM Makers artist development program.

    • Project must be a feature length documentary (60 minutes or more).
    • Project must be within 3 months of beginning post-production from the final deadline.
    • Projects can be produced or based anywhere in the world.
    • Projects that primarily use interviews as a storytelling device will not be considered.
    • To begin the application process, navigate to the “Apply Now” page to review the required items for submission. If you have not yet created an account for the SFFILM Grant Platform, please do so (please note: this is separate from your SFFILM member account).
    • Email if you have any questions.
    • Application Deadline: 20/05/2022 at 5:00 pm (PST)​
  • EVIA FILM PROJECT: Agora Green Awards 10,000 euros award, works in Progress Award 6,000-euro cash prize, and Co-Production Award 4,000-euro cash prize for full-length fiction films, documentaries, new media and animation films from all over the globe. All selected projects should have ecological sustainability as their core or wider subject. In development, editing or at post-production stage. 

  • CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA European Slate Development call for proposals supports independent European audiovisual production companies with experience of the European market and a capacity to cooperate with actors from the MEDIA countries in the development of a catalog of 3 to 5 fiction, animation or creative documentary projects (cinema, TV, non-linear) with high creative and artistic value and which have defined relevant and credible development, financing and distribution strategies for these works at the national, European and international levels. ​

  • BGDM SUSTAINABLE ARTIST + BLACK DIRECTORS FELLOWSHIPSServing over 5,000 members across the globe, Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM)’s mission is to bolster the creative and professional success of women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary film industry. The Fellowships include grantmaking, mentorship, and curated industry connections.


    • Current members of Brown Girls Doc Mafia who have been active for at least six months.
    • Applicants must self-identify as a person of color; and as a woman, gender nonconforming/non-binary, or trans individual; and as a nonfiction/documentary film industry creative.
    • Application deadline: 24/04/2022. Questions?

    • Both fellowships are open to non-U.S. based applicants.
    • US-based undocumented members are eligible to apply.
  • Africa No Filter funds women storytellers: for a up to 25 000 USD grant, application closed.​
  • Natgeo grant: application for documentary project grant up to 20 000 USD closed.

  • TFL Co-production Fund: for experienced filmmakers with a third (or more) feature film project (fiction, animation and documentaries) in advanced development or in pre-production. This fund supports co-productions between European and international producers. The applicant must be a producer based in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA sub-program. In addition to a grant of €50,000, the selected project will benefit from tailor-made consultations with experts in various fields of filmmaking. 

  • NFF + IBF CO-PRODUCTION SCHEME: for projects who previously received development or production support from the IDFA Bertha Fund, annual grant, which contributes up to €50,000 per project. Applications must be submitted by the minority Dutch co-producer through the Netherlands Film Fund.
  • IBF Classic: Grants for documentary films in production will jump from €17,500 to € 25,000 and those for project development from €5,000 to €7,500. In addition, now 25 projects will be supported each year instead of 20. For documentary projects from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean (IBF regions). Applications closed.​​ 
  • Catapult Film Grant: for non fiction films and filmmakers: $10,000 grant plus six months of mentorship and professional development to five filmmakers in the early conception and research phase of developing a new film idea. Application closed.

  • ​​​The IJ4EU Impact Award: call for investigative journalism projects to support cross-border investigative journalism projects in the EU. Applications must be submitted by teams with members based in at least two EU Member States or at least one EU Member State and the UK. IJ4EU also welcomes applications from journalists based in EU candidate countries and third countries, provided that they team up with colleagues from at least 2 Member States. The approximate amount available for this call is €835,000. Applications closed.

    Festival entre-vues post-production award: feature length film (fiction or documentary) submission closed.
  • CrossCurrents Doc Funds by Hot Docs: feature length inclusive documentary project. Applications for the 2021 round of disbursements are closed. 
  • Daphne Caruana Galizia journalism Award: submission closed for a 20 000 EUR grant.
  • Ji.hlava Film Fund 2021: in-kind grants for European producers for visual and sound post-production of documentary and hybrid films at the stage of production or post-production. Submission closed.
  • The fund Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU): two calls for EU investigations closed.
    1. Investigation Support Scheme: grants of 5.000-50.000 €
    2. Freelance Support Scheme: grants until 20.000 €
  • CINEMED, development grant: submission closed.
  • Online Impact Lab (01/2021 & 8-9/03/2021, Geneva, Switzerland): documentary project about pressing social or environmental issues submission for an impact campaign development and to win a cash prize.