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

 

Mama Cash Grant

Mama Cash supports women, girls, trans people and intersex people who fight for their rights. Activists who tirelessly and fearlessly make their voices heard. Who criticise oppressive or restrictive norms and practices, and lobby for fair laws. Who demand their political and economic rights, and insist on bodily autonomy.

Together with these activists and our donors, we work towards a more just world for women, girls, trans people and intersex people. 

Deadline: April 17
To Submit: https://www.mamacash.org/en/en-homepage
 

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Roy W. Dean Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2018 Roy W. Dean Film Grant.  Founded in 1993, the Roy W. Dean Grant is awarded to filmmakers with unique films that contribute to society.  The Spring grant winner will receive $3,500 cash and $30,000 in film services to shoot and finish their project.

Every filmmaker that applies receives a free consultation on their project.

Sponsored by donor Sonny Fassoulis through top rated film funding non-profit From the Heart Productions, projects accepted can be documentaries, short films, features, or web series. It is open to students and indie filmmakers with projects budgeted under $500K.

The $3,500 cash prize is supplemented by donations such as from 40% deduction on color, editing, and sound from ProMedia, and 30% discount in equipment rental from AbelCine Tech,Inc. NYC, camera lens holder from Frii Designs, and much more from many heartfelt donors.

Deadline: April 30
To Submit: http://fromtheheartproductions.com/grant-application-form/

 

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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/