GRANTS & INVESTMENT MONEY

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

  • The OKRE Fund provides financial support to early-stage imaginative and collaborative entertainment projects in film, television, audio, and games and is open to both individuals and organisations. We are currently interested in one or more of the following areas: 
    • ​Mental health, infectious disease and/ or climate health 

    • International development and the communities they seek to support​

  • Confédération suisse: Encouragement sélectif - coproduction minoritaire. ? 500.000 CHF
    Application Deadline : 1/07/2024

  • IDFA Bertha Fund Classic: grant program that supports documentary projects in development or (post-)production. Application deadline : 10/06/2024.

  • WallimageCoproduction grant. ? 400.000 EUR. Application deadline : 03/06/2024.

  • Screen Brussels: Coproduction grant. ? 250.000 EUR. Application deadline : 31/05/2024.

  • 2025 (Egg)celerator Lab - Chicken & Egg Pictures: For women who develop a doc project, guidance and $40,000 USD in grant funding for the production of their feature-length doc. Apply Here | Deadline: May 22/05/2024.

 

  • TV and Online (Creative Europe Media): production subsidy application for European coproducers for fiction, animation, documentary. Application deadline: 14/05/2024.

  • Redford Center's Grant: Environmental nonfiction feature films or docuseries at any stage of development, production, or postproduction are eligible to apply. Each film awarded will receive a first-year (2024) $25,000 grant for production and/or impact campaign expenses, an opportunity to present at an intimate, invitational virtual film showcase with funders and industry leaders, and a trip to an in-person Grantee Summit for project development and advisement. In year two (2025), grantees will have the opportunity to be considered for a second grant to support the production’s completion, and impact. 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. Application deadline: 10/05/2024.

  • SFFILM Documentary Film Fund: 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. Application deadline 03/05/2024.

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FILM FUND DIRECTORIES
 
  • 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.
 

 

FUNDS

 

  • Decentralised Pictures charity financing for your film: check out their current awards! Contact person: Mike Musante <michael.musante@zoetrope.com>

  • 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.

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  • 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).

 

INVESTORS PLATFORMS

  • Slated: platform to find investors.

CROWDFUNDING & SPONSORING PLATFORMS

  • Touscoprod: crowdfunfing and sponsoring platform.

 

CLOSED SUBMISSIONS

 

  • Roy W. Dean Grants for Independent Filmmakers: for independent filmmakers for narrative fiction shorts, live action or animated, that are 40 minutes or less in length. The films need to be unique and make a contribution to society. Winner of the Grant Will Receive $3,000 in Cash and Donated Services. Among the donations the winner will receive are:

Application deadline: 29/04/2024

  • Catapult Film Fund 2024 Development Grant: Grants up to $25,000 for filmmakers in development with a documentary feature or short. Decisions announced in fall 2024. Application deadline: 15/04/2024.
  • Level I and Level II Storytelling Grants - National Geographic: Apply Here | Deadline: 11/04/2024.

  • Eurimages: grant for fiction series. Application deadline : 09/04/2024

  • Chicken & Egg Pictures - Project Hatched 2024: doc project application deadline: 01/04/2024.​

  • Fonds de soutien de Strasbourg: 100.000 EUR production support. Application deadline: 15/03/2024
  • Fonds de soutien de La Région Grand Est : development 20.000 EUR, production & 300.000 EUR supports. Application deadline : 15/03/2024

  • NFF + IBF  minority coproduction Fund: for non European producers coproducing with a minority Dutch coproducer. Application deadline : 15/03/2024.

  • LUXEMBURG, Aide Financière Sélective: production 1.500.000 EUR  support. Application deadline : 11/03/2024

  • CO-DEVELOPMENT (CREATIVE EUROPE MEDIA): For fiction, documentary and animation project (for TV/streamers and cinema). Application deadline : 06/03/2024

  • La Région Grand Est (France) : Fonds dédié aux films de genre, Frissons en Grand Est. dev. 20.000 EUR, prod. 260.000 EUR supports. Application Deadline: 01/03/2024.

  • Prix CinEuro pour le développement de coproductions transfrontalières: support for the development of a coproduction between France, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium (20 000 EUR for fiction project, 10 000 EUR for a documentary project. Annual application by 29/02/2024.

  • Sony Future Filmmaker Awards 2024: Free to enter, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards elevates the original voices that bring a fresh perspective to storytelling. The shortlisted filmmakers are flown to Los Angeles for an exclusive four-day event to gain unparalleled insight into all aspects of the filmmaking process to advance their careers. After a black-tie awards ceremony at the Cary Grant Theatre, the 30 successful filmmakers benefit from a four-day workshop program. Aimed at breakthrough artists and independent filmmakers worldwide, there are six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Environment, Animation, Student and Future Format. Each category awards a winner and a shortlist of up to five. The deadline for entries is 07:00 AM (CT) 15/02/2024.

  • Doc Society - Climate Story Fund: The Fund will support up to $100,000 grants for creative nonfiction projects including long form, shorts or episodic documentaries as well as podcasts and radio documentaries, that can complete production with support from the Climate Story Fund. The Fund also supports completed creative nonfiction and fiction projects of any medium looking to implement strategic impact activities to engage audiences who are not typically included in the climate conversation. Application deadline : 07/02/2024.

  • ITVS: grant for documenaty project. Application deadline: 9/02/2024.

  • MFG - Filmförderung (Bade Würtemberg, Germany): development 30.000 EUR, production 1.000.000 EUR supports. Application Deadline : 06/02/2024.​​​

  • Film und Medienkunst BS/BL: Basel's 200 000 CHF production support (Switzerland). Application Deadline: 20/01/2024.
  • Wallimage coproduction 400 000 EUR support: Application deadline : 18/01/2024

  • The IDFA Bertha Fund is delighted to support seven new documentary projects through the IDFA Bertha Fund Europe – Minority Co-production funding scheme. Since 2022, the Fund only accepts applications from producers that are involved as minority co-producers on the project. The Fund is awarding an amount of €40,000 to each selected project, in addition to offering year-round opportunities for connecting with IDFA’s professional network. Application deadline: 15/01/2024.

  • Eurimages coproduction supportApplication deadline: 10/01/2024.

  • European slate development: EUROPE CREATIVE MEDIA early development subsidies. Deadline 13/12/2023.​
  • IDFA Bertha Fund Classic 2023: grant program that supports documentary projects in development or (post-)production with €7,500 and €25,000 per project respectively. Submission deadline: 10/12/2023.

  •  Read about the IBF Classic call for submissions
  • TV and online content (CREA-MEDIA-2024-TVONLINE): EUROPE CREATIVE MEDIA gap financing production subsidies. Deadline 7/12/2023.

  • 2024 NRDC CLIMATE STORYTELLING FELLOWSHIP

The Black List has partnered with NRDC's (Natural Resources Defense Council) Rewrite the Future program, The Redford Center, and The CAA Foundation to launch a second iteration of the NRDC Climate Storytelling Fellowship. In order to submit for this program, you must be logged into the website. If you do not already have a script hosted, you must be ready to upload one during the submission process. The Fellowship will grant $20,000 each to three writers to support revision of a feature screenplay or pilot that engages with climate change in a compelling way through events, actions, character, emotions, plot, and/or setting. In addition, NRDC will connect each fellowship recipient with the professionals for feedback and guidance on their scripts. 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 Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Hyperobject Industries, NBCUniversal, Participant, United Talent Agency (UTA) and WME among others. At the end of the Fellowship, each recipient will provide NRDC with a short reflection of how the fellowship has advanced their work and/or career in addition to a revised version of their script including an overview of the changes they made during the revision process. Writers that opt in with a qualified screenplay or pilot will receive one free month of hosting and one free evaluation. Each fellowship recipient will retain complete ownership of their work.

ELIGIBLE:

  • Scripts that have been previously reviewed on The Black List
  • Scripts by international writers
  • Scripts of any genre (as long as they include climate!)
  • Pilots for episodic series or feature scripts
  • Adapted work, although we recommend securing an option or permission for the original material. Deadline: 27/11/2023.
  • Earth Alliance Creator Fund: Application deadline: nspired by deez Nuggs? Want to make your own tasty climate content? Pitch us your idea, and we’ll give you $2,000 to make it. Why we’re doing this. At Earth Alliance, we believe in the power of creators to shift culture, which is a huge part of driving big, systemic change for the climate. That’s why we’re supporting creators—like you—to explore climate-friendly themes in your content in a way that’s organic and authentic for your audience. The best part? You don’t have to be a “climate creator” to drive change. To help you get started, we developed Delicious Nuggets: bite-sized, science-backed snacks to inspire storytellers to make tasty new climate content. We invite you to use Delicious Nuggets as inspiration—and get paid for it! We’ve launched the Earth Alliance Creator Fund to support creators of all types. We’re beginning with $2,000, but are cooking up more opportunities to support, fund, and collaborate with storytellers. Application deadline: 7/11/2023.
  • Roy w. Dean film grants: the roy w. Dean film grants fund independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films with budgets of $500,000 or less that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made.director/producer heather lenz won the roy w. Dean grant for “kusama-infinity”  There are four Roy W. Dean Film Grants available each year. Three are for documentaries, narrative features, web series, and short films. One for Spring, Summer, and Fall. In addition, the Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant is exclusively for short films (does not include short non-fiction documentaries or web series). Roy W. Dean Film Grant Submission Deadlines: Roy W. Dean Film Grant – Fall – 31/10/2023 Carole Dorothy Joyce Grant – 30/11/2023

  • Eurimages series coproduction support: deadline: 31/10/2023.
  • Frameline Completion Fund: grants to emerging and established filmmakers. This program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Grants up to $5,000 are available for the completion of films that represent and reflect LGBTQ+ life in all its complexity and richness. Application until 27/10/2023.

  • Coprocity Development Award: Coprocity has launched the new edition of its Development Award, in partnership with Cineuropa to award a promising project with 3.500 euros and promotional campaign. Only 10 projects will be presented to our Jury... out of 49! To select them, we need you! From now until October 12th, Coprocity users will decide which projects should be part of this selection. By exploring project pages you think deserve to be presented to the Jury, and by adding them to your favorites, you will give them more chances to be part of the selection. The ones most added to Coprocity users’ favorite section will be the selected projects. contact@coprocity.comApplication deadline: 12/10/2023

  • Prix Gloria: L'appel à projets est destiné à primer et encourager un projet de série de fiction porté par une ou plusieurs femmes et/ou qui met en avant l'action d'une ou plusieurs femmes dans la société ou plus particulièrement dans un domaine tel que la société civile, l'innovation, l'environnement, le sport, la musique, la littérature ou la science. Doté à hauteur de 5 000 €, il sera remis, après délibération d'un jury de professionnels constitué spécifiquement, au "couple" auteur/autrice-producteur/productrice français à l'initiative du projet lors d'un événement dédié, à Paris, avant la fin de l'année 2023. Date limite : 10/10/2023.

  • 2023 Commitment Grants and Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship Mountainfilm: Apply Here | Deadline: 05/09/2023
  • Polar STEAM. Apply Here | Deadline: 31/08/2023.

  • POV accepts documentaries / non-fiction films in the following categories:

  • * STANDARD: For completed films & fine cuts.

    * SHORT: For films 35 minutes or less.

    * ROUGH CUT: For invited feature rough cuts ONLY.

    For questions, email cfe@pov.org. Submissions received after 22/08/2023, will be considered for the following year's submission cycle unless an extension is granted by POV.​​

  • AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards: Entries for the 2023 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards are open for international submissions of factual science documentaries intended for a general audience. Two awards, Gold ($5,000) and Silver ($3,500), will be presented in each category:

  • > Video - Spot News/Feature Reporting (20 min. or less) 
    > Video - In-Depth Reporting (more than 20 min.)
    Please read the
     Contest Rules and Frequently Asked Questions before submitting.
    The awards honor coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Stories on health and medicine, the environment, energy, and science policy qualify if they deal in a substantive way with underlying science. Independent committees of journalists select the winning entries. For questions, contact
     sja@aaas.org. Deadline: 01/08/2023.

  • Sidewinder Films x DCP Award, The Sidewinder Films Completion Funds Award: looking for your compelling fact-based film - either documentary or scripted on topics broadly related to sports, athletics, and competition, but this is not a requirement. If you’ve been working on a film that tells a factual story and is inspired by poignant, captivating  subject matter, Sidewinder Films wants to collaborate with you and help you finish your film.

    • Eligibility: 50% completed photography or more
    • Winner(s) Receive: Up to $200,000 USD in completion funds and mentorship from the Sidewinder Films and DCP teams.
    • Number of Winners/Finalists: Up to 2 projects to be awarded the option to enter into financing and collaboration agreements, and up to 10 finalists will be considered for networking opportunities. 
    • Genre: All genres are eligible in both scripted and unscripted formats, as well as live-action, animated or VR.
    • Length: All running times are eligible.
    • Submission End:  The submission end date will be set 3 weeks after the 30th proposal is submitted.
  • Sky Documentaries: documentary fund in partnership with APX Content Ventures to champion directors from underrepresented backgrounds. This initiative will provide up to £500,000 to fund several documentary with a runtime of 10-30 minutes. To apply, visit their website and submit by 17/07/2023.​
  • E-toiles de Science award for science documentary: popular science video competition. The winner of the E-toiles de Science Prize will receive a €3,000 CNC Talent writing grant. This grant will enable this talent to write their next audiovisual project in the context of a residency or support structure of their choice. All the video artists selected will be eligible for creative support from the CNC Talent Fund, up to €30,000. Application deadline: 17/07/2023.

  • Catapult Development Grant - Catapult Film Fund: Learn more | Deadline: 10/07/2023.

  • Venice TV award: Submission deadline: 30/06/2023.
  • Documentary Film Fund SFFILM: Apply Here | Deadline: 30/06/2023.

  • Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film: Apply Here | Deadline: 25/06/2023.

  • Call for Applications: 2023 cohort of Future Rising Fellows Girl Rising: Apple Here | Deadline: 19/06/2023.

  • The ITVS Diversity Development Fund (DDF): With research and development funding of up to $35,000 available directors of color can develop a documentary project for public media,  Visit their website to learn more about who they fund, your eligibility, and what to expect when you work with ITVS. The deadline for receiving all application materials is 16/06/2023, at 11:59 pm PT.

  • Grist annual climate fiction short story contest, Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors. Submission deadline: 13/06/2023.

  • The European Documentary Journalism Fund, Doc Society: Apply Here | Deadline: 12/06/2023.

  • Doc Society European Documentary Journalism Fund: supports the production of independent journalistic nonfiction films by European* filmmakers. Around the world, as many societies grapple with their governance, growing political divisions and extremism, and reckon with misinformation, we need stories that help protect our freedom of expression and freedom of the press, strengthen our democracies and sustain healthy societies, fight against polarization, authoritarianism and mis/disinformation, hold power to account. Designed to maintain the richness of debate and discourse that are the very hallmark of healthy democracies, the fund seeks to bolster a more sustainable ecosystem for independent media in Europe. If you’re working on a film in production or post production that fits this mission, please apply to the fund HERE. And if you have questions, please check out our FAQs. Application close on 12/06/2023 at 11:59pm CEST.

  • IDFA Bertha Fund Classic: grant program that supports documentary projects in development or (post-)production with up to €7,500 and €25,000 per project respectively, in addition to tailored support from Filmmaker Support department. Go to the call. Deadline: 10/06/2023.

  • The Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation grants support young cultural and media professionals up to the age of 30 (35 for booksellers, photographers and TV scriptwriters) in the realization of their projects. Application until 7/06/2023.

  • The Jackson Wild Media AwardsMedia today deepens understanding of the world around us, inspires commitment to protect and restore the natural systems upon which all life depends and empowers the radical changes that will be required to do so. Nature film’s equivalent to the Oscars®, the Jackson Wild Media Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in nature, science and conservation storytelling. Projects completed since June 1, 2022, are eligible to enter. The competition deadline is 01/06/2023. 

  • Music on Film-Film on Music (MOFFOM) Documentary Grant: Designed for Projects That Directly Focus on Music. Questions? Email eric@denverfilm.org. Deadline: 01/06/2023

  • Pillars Artist Fellowship: While Muslims are at the center of much of today’s news and entertainment media, few Muslims are in a position to shape those stories. New research from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative uncovers the unfortunate consequences this lack of access has on the narratives told on screen. As a partner on this research, Pillars Fund is making a commitment to invest in Muslim artists who can shift the lens through which our stories are told to one that is complex, accurate, and honest. The Pillars Artist Fellowship—created by Pillars in partnership with Riz Ahmed and Left Handed Films—champions and mentors Muslim directors and writers whose presence behind the screen will be game-changing for the film and television industries. In addition to an unrestricted award of $25,000, each fellow will receive mentorship from industry experts on how to navigate the business of Hollywood, professional development and creative guidance in their fields, and access to a trailblazing advisory committee of award-winning Muslim actors, directors, producers and writers. Submission deadline: 31/05/2023.

  • The Association named Camille Lepage – On est ensemble was founded on September 20, 2014, only months after the death of Camille Lepage while reporting in the Central African Republic. The Association commemorates Camille, her work and commitment. For the seventh time, the collecting society la Saif* is supporting the award (€8,000) which provides backing and encouragement for a photojournalist committed to a long-term project. For further information: camillelepageaward@gmail.com Application until 23/05/2023.

  • Sundance Institute 2024 Development Track: for fiction feature work-in-progress screenplay to be considered for the following programs, fellowships, and grants: 

    • Screenwriters Lab (held annually in January)

    • Screenwriters Intensive (held annually in March, online)

    • Sundance Institute Comedy Fellowship

    • Sundance Institute Horror Fellowship

    • Sundance Institute Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Commissioning Grant

    • Submission deadline : 15/05/2023
  • Women Photograph Project Grants: Thanks to support from Nikon USA and MPB, these $5,000 grants will support photography projects — either new or in-progress — from visual journalists working in a documentary capacity. Five grants are available, at least one of which will be earmarked for a nonbinary or transgender photographer. Funding may be used to cover the hard costs of reporting, photographers’ creative fees, and any other expenses that support the production of new work. Applicants are encouraged to submit a story, rather than singles, as part of the grant application. The images need not be related to the project proposal (but please specify in your application if the images are unrelated to your proposal). Submission deadline : 15/05/2023​

  • Women Photograph + Leica Grant: Women Photograph has partnered with Leica USA to award a $10,000 grant to a photographer focused on an ongoing documentary project. The Women Photograph + Leica Grant is open to photographers who can demonstrate a long-term commitment to their story. Applicants should submit portfolios of 20 images indicating that a substantial amount of work has already been completed, and that the photographer has a clear vision of what further work is needed to complete the project. Funding should primarily be used to support the production of new work, including the hard costs of reporting, and photographers’ creative fees, but may also partially fund community engagement programming. Submission deadline : 15/05/2023

  • MediaTech SPRINT: An innovation workshop for European companies in the film, television and media industry will take place on Monday 5 June at the Forum des Images in Paris. It will allow 4 companies from the European audiovisual industry ("Challenge Owners") to develop solutions for one of their business challenges with the help of European interdisciplinary experts ("Co-Creators"). Participants can attend the events and screenings organised by Futur@Cinema on 5 and 6 June and will receive accreditation for the MediaTech Hub conference in September in Babelsberg (Germany). The MediaTech SPRINT is organised in cooperation with Futur@Cinema, the Forum des Images, the MediaTech Hub Conference and the Creative Europe offices in Berlin-Brandenburg and Munich, Catalonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Italy and Sweden. Are you a professional in the audiovisual sector or in the cultural and creative industries with an expertise on new business models and interested in European cooperation? Participate as a co-creator in Sprint!

    • Emerging League grant: for professional conservation photographer or filmmaker. iLCP accepts applications in all languages. If you would like to fill out the application in your own language, watch this video to learn how. If you would like to preview the application, download the PDF here. All applications must be filled out through the form linked above. Have a question? Email meg@ilcp.com. Submission until 9/05/2023.
    • THE EVERYDAY PROJECTS GRANT: grant for photographers/filmmakers around the world to focus on a long-term doc project in their community. Submission until 8/05/2023.
    Lorenzo Natali Media Award: it recognizes and honors the work of journalists from around the world, highlighting the world's most pressing challenges. The call is open to journalists who report on social and environmental issues. Journalists can submit written, audiovisual or multimedia reports in one of three categories: International Award, Europe Award and Best Emerging Journalist Award. Application deadline: 28/04/2023
  • Other Cinemas: for one Black or non-white filmmaker, chance to be mentored over a 5 month period from May to September 2023. The mentoring (supported by the BFI Doc Society Ripple Effect Fund) can be used to help with development or through the production/post production processes. The mentoring sessions can take place in Kilburn, London or online. The successful applicant will receive £300 that can be used towards documentary specific development opportunities and an additional £150 for travel or associated costs. Apply here by 30/04/2023.

  • FIPADOC, in partnership with the CNC, ARTE France, Canal + and France Télévisions, is launching a call for projects to support IMPACT campaigns that accompany French documentaries in advanced development or in production. The amount of support is €8,000 per project and will allow the development of a real strategy and the construction of an impact campaign adapted to the theme and the ambition of the work. It will be supplemented by an amount at least equivalent by the broadcaster (ARTE France, Canal+ or France Télévisions). Application deadline: 27/04/2023.

  • CINEUROPA Prize: awarded by 9 Belgian, Luxembourg, German and French partners, it aims to encourage the emergence of film and audiovisual projects dealing with stories, characters or settings that reflect the links between the partner territories. The prize will be awarded annually to two projects in development: one in each category, Fiction and Documentary. Submissions until 26/04/2023. 

  • Research & Development Grant - Chicken & Egg Pictures: APPLY HERE | Deadline: 24/04/2023.

  • Rough Cut Retreat, a partnership between Catapult Film Fund and True/False Film Fest, HERE. Since 2016, the Rough Cut Retreat has united nonfiction filmmakers and mentors in a creative, supportive, and engaged atmosphere. Previous film participants include: Hummingbirds, Joonam, The Territory, The Tuba Thieves, Ascension, and Quest. Application deadline: 21/04/2023

  • Documentary Fund Grant Application - Sundance Institute: APPLY HERE | Deadline: 17/04/2023

  • Level I and II Storytelling Grant Proposal Submissions - National Geographic Society - APPLY HERE | Deadline: 12/04/2023

  • IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund - IDA: production funds to feature-length documentary films taking on in-depth explorations of original, telling contemporary-relevant stories, and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. In addition to funds, grantees will receive additional resources and expertise tailored to the needs of the project. Inclusion and diversity with regard to the filmmaking team, subject matter, and geography are a priority of the fund. Please reference the FAQ or email questions to funds@documentary.org. APPLY HERE | Deadline: 4/04/2023

  • JFJ: grant applications in the following subject areas: Investigations into the violent crimes against journalists operating in conflict zones, hostile environments, and/or during protests (i.e. Ukraine, Iran, Afghanistan, China); Proposals that help to raise awareness of and support campaigns against Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) both in the context of the UK and globally; Case studies and concepts notes on the safety of journalists living and working in exile with the focus on the following issues: Methods of attacks against exiled independent media (Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Turkey, Belarus, Russia, etc. ). This year we will only accept proposals with the maximum amount of USD 80’000 offered for each individual grant. Our grants are subject to the following criteria. Unless they are met, your grant proposal will not be considered by JFJ.

  • Screenplay Rent Assistance Grant #5 - Decentralized PicturesMust submit a 1 page max treatment for your project.

  • IDFA Bertha Fund - IBF EUROPE - Minority co-production scheme: projects in all stages of production can receive up to 40 000 EUR. Application by 01/04/2023.
  • Eurimages : coproduction application until 31/03/2023.
  • Rainin Grant - SFFILM - APPLY HERE | Regular Deadline: 24/03/2023
  • Disability Reporting Fellow - The New York Times - APPLY HERE | Deadline: 24/03/2023

  • One World Media FellowshipFor underreported stories that break down stereotypes and build cross-cultural connections. We guide filmmakers and journalists on a single project, and provide a supportive network of mentors and peers through the production and completion of their project. For emerging talent, and particularly underrepresented people (people of colour, ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ+, or people with disabilities) & people from and based in the global south.
    • £1,000 production grant
    • Executive Producer for your project
    • Career mentorship
    • Workshops and webinars by industry experts
    • Fair Reporting and Security Guidance
    • Introductions to commissioners
    • Network of like-minded Fellows and Alumni
    • Application until 22/03/2023
  • Vital Impacts Environmental Photography Grants: The two $20,000 grants will support the development of a documentary project on the work of an environmental story over the course of twelve months. In addition to funding the Grant, Vital Impacts will be offering a mentorship program to the top 50 applicants for the Vital Impacts Environmental Grant. Participants will take part in a series of 12 classes with leading environmental and photographic figures. ENTRANCE FEE: $25. Fee may be waived for economic hardship. The fee is waived for all applicants from developing countries. Please reach out to hello@vitalimpacts.org for fee waiver codes. Application Deadline: 15/03/2023
  • Environmental Photography Grants - Vital Impacts - APPLY HERE | Deadline: 15:03/2023

  • 2023 Diverse Voices in Documentary Fellowship - Kartemquin - APPLY HERE | Deadline: 13/03/2023

  • The Points North Fellowship, Camden International Film Festival: APPLY HERE | Regular Deadline: 6/03/2023

  • Annual Investigative Grant Programme - Justice for Journalists: The Justice for Journalists Foundation invites media organisations and workers to submit applications for its annual Investigative Grant Programme. Applications for journalistic Investigations of violence and abuse against journalists, freelancers and bloggers will be accepted through March 5/03/2023. 

    • surveillance
    • extrajudicial killings
    • cyber attacks
    • harassment of relatives and friends remaining in the autocracies
    • How to safely maintain access to and expand audiences inside countries with suppressed independent media (Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus, Russia, Myanmar, etc.);
    • How to safely maintain contact with sources and protect them both in the country and in exile;
    • How to ensure cyber-security and stay clear of surveillance;
    • How to form safe partnerships and build alliances;
    • How to enlist international support and protection for the independent media in exile.
  • New Voices Filmmaker Grant NewFest x Netflix APPLY HERE | Deadline: 28/02/2023

  • PBS Ignite Mentorship for Diverse Voices: PBS remains committed to amplifying and elevating diverse voices and perspectives across its content services, and initiatives. Through the PBS Accelerator Fellowship, mid-career content makers are hired on many of PBS’s ongoing nationally distributed series. The PBS/Firelight William Greaves Production Fund resources documentary productions by mid-career filmmakers from diverse communities that are intended for distribution on PBS through finishing funds or co-production funding. The PBS Open Call provides funding support for long and short form documentaries by diverse/BIPOC content creators. PBS Ignite Mentorship for Diverse Voices is a virtual 12-month initiative for up to 12 early-career filmmakers from underrepresented communities with two in-person gatherings. It is an opportunity for filmmakers to spend a year developing their career path and exploring the process of content production for public media. Whether applicants have a current project underway or are looking to start a new one, this program provides tools to help support participants’ professional path forward. Application until 20/02/2023.​​
  • NFF + IBF Co-production Scheme: up to €50,000 for projects with a Dutch minority co-producer that have previously received a development or production grant from the IBF. Submit through the Netherlands Film Fund's  website. Deadline: 20/02/2023.

  • 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.

  • Ocean Media Initiative Story Grants 2023: Reporting on Marine Pollution;  Earth Journalism Network, APPLY HERE | Deadline: 13/02/2023.

  • 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

  • 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: generationafrica@steps.co.za

  • 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: support@blcklst.com.

  • 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.

    annie@pierrealexandraboulat.com​

  • 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 grants@redfordcenter.org. 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 grants@sffilm.org 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.

    WHO CAN APPLY

    • 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? bgdmgrants@gmail.com

    • 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.