Grants

Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide production grants totaling $195,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. Grants will be made to up to 12 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.

Deadline: July 31, 2017
http://www.documentary.org/pare-lorentz-guidelines

 

George R. R. Martin Screenwriting Grant

This $5000 grant is made possible by a generous donation to the New Mexico Film Foundation by renowned author George R. R. Martin, known for the HBO Series “Game of Thrones” and owner of the Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe. To enter, you must be a New Mexico resident, 18 years old and NOT a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

Scripts must be for a feature length film or original Television Pilot, in the Science Fiction or Fantasy genres.  The application process will include a 5 page treatment and a 5 page sample script.

Deadline: August 31st, 2017
http://www.nmfilmfoundation.org/grants/grrm-grant/

 

Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.

Deadline: Rolling
http://catapultfilmfund.org/

 

American Documentary Film Fund

The American Documentary Film Fund is an adjunct event related to the American Documentary Film Festival. The Film Fund submitters are not in any way required to submit a film to the festival- this is a separate event within the confines of the festival. We encourage first-time and established filmmakers to submit to the Film Fund competition where upwards of $50,000 may be distributed each year to winning project(s). The Fund's participants are able to compete for financing for new projects as well as works in progress.

Deadline: Rolling
https://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/amdocs-film-fund

 

Sundance Documentary Film Program

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling. The Sundance Documentary Film Program offers funding in development (up to $20,000), production/post-production (up to $40,000), audience engagement (up to $20,000), and additional opportunities (by nomination).

Deadline: Year-round
http://www.sundance.org/programs/documentary-film

 

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Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers

The Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers offers approximately $10,000 worth of gear and accessories loaned on a rolling basis to any narrative short, music video, or feature film project to be shot by a female cinematographer. Recipients of the grant receive a loaned camera package for up to 21 production days.

Deadline: Rolling
http://www.digitalbolex.com/grant/