Winter 2015 Grants and Opportunities


Our friends over at Pills IDA (the International Documentary Association) have put together a helpful list of Winter 2015 Grants and Opportunities for documentary filmmakers. View the full list here and check out some highlights below:

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI): 

Latin America Media Arts Fund

This fund supports innovative film and video artists living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America whose works reflect their diverse cultures in the scripted, documentary or mixed media form. Grants up to $10,000 for projects that are in production or post-production. Deadline: February 5, 2015 Order

Cheap Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund 

Provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. For films, based anywhere, that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. Deadline: February 5, 2015

Derek Freese Documentary Fund 

Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF) provides production support for feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and compelling story, across a broad spectrum of subject matters. This award is given biennially to an independent filmmaker and provides up to $35,000 in finishing funds. Deadline: June 8, 2015

Catapult Film Fund 

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who look to tell powerful stories with central characters that weave a strong narrative. Catapult looks to fund projects that have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Grants range from $5,000-$20,000. Deadline: February 16, 2015. 

Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism

The Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism is dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries that bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen. The fund awards £10,000-50,000 to documentary filmmakers from any country as a mixture of grants and investments.

Application Opens: January 20, 2015

LEF New England Moving Image Fund  Cheap

The LEF New England Moving Image Fund supports independent documentary film artists in the region across all phases of production. Grants of $5,000 awarded to projects in pre-production, $15,000 for projects in production, and $25,000 for projects in post-production.

Deadline for Production & Post-Production LOI: January 23, 2015

Deadline for Pre-Production Proposal: June 5, 2015

Creative Capital Order

Creative Capital provides financial and advisory support to artists pursuing projects in all disciplines. They are also one of the only national nonprofit organizations that offers awards to individual artists through an open application process. They make a commitment to work with each artist over a three- to seven-year period that involves a high level of engagement between Creative Capital and the artist.

online Letter of Inquiry opens: February 2, 2015
Deadline: March 2, 2015 

Open Meadows Foundation

Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, and that reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization. Open Meadows Foundation funds projects in the U.S. and abroad that are run by and for women and girls and offers grants up to $2000.

Deadlines: February 15, 2015 and August 15, 2015

NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA)

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is a field-advised, grant program designed to help Latinos develop their creative talents and make lasting contributions to our communities and society as a whole. Latino artists and arts organizations are often at the forefront of social change and have made significant contributions to social justice efforts. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Deadline: February 19, 2015 himplasia how much