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No Geographic Limitations Open Call for Interactive Web Series: Supports the production of interactive online content designed to engage any audience interested in African Diaspora content online.

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. Catapult only makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, this will mean getting a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project.

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Fund: Production and Completion Funding for provocative and engaging Asian-American independent media projects intended for U.S. public television broadcast. This organization supports multiple categories of grants, such as the CAAM Innovation Fund, the CAAM Documentary Fund, the CAAM Documentary Completion Fund, and the “Ready, Set, Pitch!” campaign.

Cinereach: Supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films at any stage of development that possess an independent spirit, depict underrepresented perspectives, and resonate across international boundaries. We favor story over message, character over agenda, complexity over duality. All filmmakers (including international applicants) must have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.

The Fledgling Fund: Supports innovative media projects that can play critical roles in igniting social change. The primary focus of The Fledgling Fund’s creative media initiative is outreach and community engagement. Grants typically fall into three broad categories: Outreach and Community Engagement, Grants for Films in late-stage post production, Innovative Creative Media for use of emerging technology to engage new audiences.  All filmmakers (including international applicants) must have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.

The Ford Foundation JustFilms Grant: Beginning in 2011, we are investing $10 million a year over five years in documentary projects that address urgent social issues and help us understand our past, explore our present and build our future. Our goal is to expand the community of emerging and established filmmakers who often lack funding, and help them to realize their visions and reach audiences.

The Frameline Completion Fund: The Frameline Completion Fund provides 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 ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are available for films that represent and reflect LGBT life in all its complexity and richness.

Gucci-Tribeca Documentary Fund: Provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Eligible films should explore broad social issues or movements through engaging stories that may have potential impact and the ability to inspire dialogue. Films may also challenge the status quo by examining people who are ignored, ostracized or otherwise marginalized; or those fighting for social or political change. We are looking for films that are suitable in style to be able to sustain a festival and/or theatrical run and that could resonate with a mainstream U.S. audience.

Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media Database: The GFEM Media Database is a searchable database of media projects-in-progress. GFEM believes that media play a vital role in shaping, framing and catalyzing public discourse and culture. Our goal is to advance the field of media arts and public interest media funding. To this end, the GFEM Media Database serves as a hub where funders of all kinds can find a rich array of media-related projects that fit their funding priorities.

Movies That Matter: A program of Amnesty International offering modest monetary assistance to initiate human rights film festivals and to help circulate and exhibit human rights films in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

PBS’ POV Films Program: POV, public television’s premier showcase for independent nonfiction film and video, seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual national PBS series. All subjects, styles and lengths are welcome.

PUMA Catalyst Award: These awards are open to emerging and established filmmakers working anywhere in the world.  We welcome one-off, creative documentary ideas aiming to be feature length films. Up to ten €5000 awards will be distributed annually. This award has  a year round open call and makes grants at the organization’s discretion.

PUMA Impact Award: An annual €50,000 award which celebrates the documentary film that has made the most positive impact on society or the environment.

We have a year round open call and will make grants at our discretion. – See more at:
These awards are open to emerging and established filmmakers working anywhere in the world.  We welcome one-off, creative documentary ideas aiming to be feature length films. Up to ten €5000 awards will be distributed annually. – See more at:

Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund: Funding for any filmmaker who has ever screened a film at Rooftop Films in New York.  Cash awards and mentorships for short films.  Equipment and Post-Production grants for feature films.

Rooftop Films/Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant for Women: ASF supports the artistic achievements of female actors, writers and directors through a series of scholarships and grants, providing recipients with financial support and consultative access to the Foundation’s advisory board of actors, directors, producers, composers, law, publicity, academic and trade professionals. For this grant, ASF will award one $3,000 grant to a female director. Please visit for more information.

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund: Research/Development and Production/Post-Production Grants for cinematic feature documentaries about pressing human rights, social justice, civil liberties and related topics from the US and internationally.

Thanks to Docs in Progress


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