Mental health, infectious disease and/ or climate health
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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.
2. The Climate Story Fund: two calls a year
CROWDFUNDING & SPONSORING PLATFORMS
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Application 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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 Awards: Media 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 email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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!
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 email@example.com 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 Pictures: Must submit a 1 page max treatment for your project.
Disability Reporting Fellow - The New York Times - APPLY HERE | Deadline: 24/03/2023
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.
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:
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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.