Start now to prepare to win funding in 2018 for all stages of film production and post-production:
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) Documentary Program & Cinema Grants - grants from $15,000 to $15,000 for a wide variety of projects open to Arab directors and producers living in the Arab region or in the diaspora. Non-Arab producers may apply is the film director is Arab.
Catapult Film Fund - up to $20,000 of development funding available for filmmakers for a wide range of stories, style and scope
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Documentary Fund - Funding to help Asian filmmakers realize their visions and to take Asian cinema to the next level
Chicago Digital Media Production Fund - supporting digital media works encouraging social change by Chicago-area digital media artists. Grants will be made up to $20,000 per project.
Chicken and Egg Accelerator Lab - $35,000 - $50,000 grants and other support for women non-fiction directors working on their first or second feature-length documentary.
Cinereach - provides financial and creative support that frees the filmmaking process from systemic barriers and commercial pressures to make way for innovative work
Creative Capital - provides grants to individual artists through an open online process
CrossCurrents Doc Fund - $10,000 international grant to emerging filmmakers who have a connection to or shared experience with their subject, as well as sharing stories with audiences within and outside the featured community
The Filmmaker Fund - grants up to $75,000 for every stage of production, post-production and distribution, supporting emerging and seasoned filmmakers
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The Fledgling Fund - $10,000 to $25,000 grants for social issue documentary film projects via on-going online open application process
Frameline Completion Fund - Grants up to $5,000 are available for films that represent and reflect LGBT life in all its complexity and richness.
Global Film Initiative - Grants of up to $10,000 each to filmmakers whose works offer diverse interpretations of the human experience. Funds are used to subsidize production or post-production costs of films.
Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund - provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world
Impact Partners Films - finances documentaries that address contemporary social issues
ITVS Diversity Development Fund - up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television
The Miller / Packan Film Fund - supports filmmaking in advanced development (up to $10,000), production and post-production stages (up to $25,000). The fund operates an open call submission process, with application deadlines in May and November.
Nat'l Association of Latino Arts and Cultures - Three different grant programs for U.S. based Latino artists and arts organizations
Nat'l Black Programming Consortium - the 360 Incubator Fund includes a 3 day bootcamp an 6-week incubator in New York. Selected projects receive $15,000 to $150,000 in development funds for their pilots.
nextPix/FirstPix - accepts applications for grants with the film's crowd funding page link serving as the application for any film that is being crowd funded at any point during the year. Grants up to $5,000.
Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) - The PIC Media Fund supports the development of national public broadcast programming that enhances public recognition of and appreciation for Pacific Islander history, culture, and society.
Roy W. Dean Film Grants - Spring, summer and fall grants fund independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made.
San Francisco Film Society - offers a wide variety of grants and fellowships to support filmmakers
Smarthouse Launchpad - provides in-kind marketing services for finished feature-length independent documentaries
Sundance Institute - Documentary Film Program - provides 40 - 60 production grants for US and International filmmakers of feature-length nonfiction projects. Open application period.
Tribeca Film Institute - provides various grants and guidance to support exceptional films
Women in Film - Film Finishing Fund - funds filmmakers working in both short and long formats, in all genres—narrative, documentary, education, animated and experimental. The filmmaker must have completed 90% of principal photography and have a rough cut at the time of application