Open Call Co-Production Investment
Open Call has two funding rounds each year, with deadlines in February and July. We’re looking for exceptional storytelling that’s in line with our mission: stories that take risks, tackle important issues, and are seldom seen in public media. We know how hard you’ve worked on your project, and we’ll partner with you to help you finish it, then distribute it on public television. 

Deadline: February
To submit: https://itvs.org/funding/open-call#overview

 

Southwest seeks micro short films of traveler's stories.
Awarding $9,400 worth of flights to the top 5 jury-selected submissions. In a video 3 minutes or less, tell a traveler's story. From reuniting with a loved one, to chasing a dream, to seeing the world from a new perspective, we want stories with heart. Participants have until February 15, 2018 to submit and may submit up to 3 entries that must be varied in overall content and storyline, but can be presented as a sequence of stories based on a theme. The Southwest marketing team determines the finalists in this contest. Winners announced Feb. 22nd.

Deadline: February 15
To submit: https://theaudienceawards.com/southwest-airlines/yourseatyourstoryvideopromotion?utm_source=TAA+Users&utm_campaign=e6cae96eea-Southwest+E-blast+1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_648eae3c52-e6cae96eea-229405409&ct=t()&goal=0_648eae3c52-e6cae96eea-229405409

 

Let’s Make a Western Grant
New Mexico is known for its western film productions and the hope is this grant will encourage independent film makers to continue to grow that tradition. The money was raised from hundreds of New Mexican residences who are fans of westerns, and want to encourage our local talented filmmakers. The NMFF will manage the submission process, judging and award ceremony. The grant winner will be announced March 31, 2018. The film must be completed by October 1, 2018 and be at least 5 minutes long. Filmmakers must supply a one page resume, a brief description of the film, a 4-5-page treatment or description of the story, and if any of the lead actor/crew members are known, their names and skill. The film should revolve around true New Mexico history, primarily set in the time period 1850-1920 and have horses. The NMFF can help connect the grant winner with appropriate background actors, ranches, western sets, period clothes, horses, firearms, wagons, etc. as needed. To enter you must be a New Mexico resident and at least 18 years old.

Deadline: February 28
To submit: https://www.nmfilmfoundation.org/grants/lets-make-a-western/

 

NMPA Post Production Grant
We are offering a $2000 post production grant to New Mexico fimmakers. Any type of film, short, feature, pilot etc is eligible. Any genre. This grant is made possible by the former New Mexico Post Alliance and their efforts to raise awareness and promote post production in New Mexico. This Grant will begin taking submissions on January 1 through February 28. Submit a 1 or 2 page description of your project and why you deserve this grant. Please provide a trailer for the work if you have one. 

Deadline: February 28
To Submit: https://www.nmfilmfoundation.org/grants/nmpa-post-production-grant/

 

Academy Nicholl Fellowships
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. The 2018 competition is now open to entries. 

Deadline: April 10
To Submit: http://www.oscars.org/nicholl

 

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Fund for Documentary Film Outreach and Engagement
The Fund for Documentary Film Outreach and Engagement offers grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable. We review proposals on a rolling basis and you will be notified of our decision within three months. Grants typically range from $10K - $25K and support audience engagement planning and implementation. Grants are NOT available to support production or post-production through this Fund.

Deadine: Rolling
To Submit: http://www.thefledglingfund.org/apply/

 

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Special Fund for Rapid Story Deployment
The Special Fund for Rapid Story Deployment provides grants ranging from $2,500-$10,000 to support short films and/or other visual stories that can be completed and distributed quickly. Priority will be given to projects that have a plan to distribute the work in ways that deepen the current debate around our most critical social issues. We are open to funding at all stages (production, post-production, distribution and outreach) but will give priority to projects that are well positioned to make an impact quickly. We are committed to an expedited review process and will notify applicants of proposal's status within 2 - 3 weeks of submission.

Deadline: Rolling
To Submit: http://www.thefledglingfund.org/apply/

 

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JustFilm/Ford Foundation Grants  
The Ford Foundation seeks to reduce inequality in all of its forms, and artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects are crucial to this effort. As part of the Creativity and Free Expression program, JustFilms funds social justice storytelling and the 21st-century arts infrastructure that supports it. The projects and people we support inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform the conditions that perpetuate injustice and inequality.

Deadline: Rolling
http://www.fordfoundation.org/work/our-grants/justfilms/

 

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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/

 

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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

 

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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

 

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/