Stay tuned for more information on the NMWIF Scholarship Grant program for members, applications open in August 2018!
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition
The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts English-language feature screenplays written by women. The festival is a forum for collaboration and networking with other screenwriters and filmmakers who contribute to the visibility of women through the ongoing practice of their craft. We encourage you to submit a feature film script of any genre, challenging the perceptions of what stories women write, and what we want to see. We welcome a diversity of women’s interests and stories. VIWIFF is committed to highlighting the best stories the world has to offer that are written by women. Women tell amazing, dynamic, interesting, thought-provoking, affecting, inspiring, funny and down-right exciting stories. We want to read them all!
Deadline: July 30th
To Submit: https://filmfreeway.com/VIWIFFScreenplayCompetition
Open Meadows Foundation Grant
Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization seeking projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls.
Open Meadows is specifically looking to direct its resources towards changing the world. We are looking for projects focused on activism, political change, and empowerment directed by, and benefiting women and girls. Examples include projects focused on: Standing Rock, boycotts, marches, creation of new activist organizations, labor rights, community organizing, voting rights, environmental activism, economic rights, and other forms of political action encouraging participation by women and girls for women and girls.
Deadline: August 15th
To Submit: https://sites.google.com/site/openmeadowsfoundation/
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.
To Submit: http://www.thefledglingfund.org/apply/
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.
To Submit: http://www.thefledglingfund.org/apply/
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.