Documentary Filmmaking Grants You Need to Apply for Production

1. American Documentary Film Fund: Up to $50K

Independent filmmakers may apply to this fund to begin or complete their film. International filmmakers are eligible.

2. BRITDOC Bertha Journalism Fund: £5,000 to £50,000

This BRITDOC fund is for documentaries of a journalistic nature that bring important and unreported issues to the screen. The fund may go to research and development, production, editorial support, hostile environment training, and legal advice. International filmmakers are eligible and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

3. The Filmmaker Fund: Up to $75K

For both experienced and emerging filmmakers, the Filmmaker Fund provides funding from the earliest stages of development through post-production. Along with the grants, the filmmakers awarded receive an invitation to their annual retreat, help with navigating festivals, and advice on distribution strategies. International filmmakers are eligible and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

4. The Fledgling Fund: $10K to $25K

Fledgling supports documentaries in any stage of production that focus on social issues and inspire positive social change. International filmmakers are eligible and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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5. Ford Foundation JustFilms: Unspecified

The Ford Foundation supports documentaries that are artist-driven and explore aspects of inequality. International filmmakers are eligible and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

6. Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund: Up to $35K

The fund provides experienced filmmakers with up to 20% of their total production costs for films that are suitable for theatrical release or broadcast. Canadian filmmakers are eligible and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

7. Miller / Packan Documentary Film Fund: $5K to $25K

The fund supports documentaries that address social issues and inspire others. Films must be in the advanced development, production, or post-production stage.

8. netPix/firstPix Crowdfunding Grant: Up to $5K

This grant supports films that are humanitarian/humanistic in content and are raising money through crowdfunding. International filmmakers are eligible and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

9. Rooftop Filmmakers Fund: Multiple Grants

These seven different grants include a cash grant for $25,000, $15,000 in publicity services, full color correction services, a full sound mixing package, 30 days of lighting and grip equipment, a full post-production package, and 30 days of camera gear. International filmmakers are eligible and applications are not open yet.

10. Roy W. Dean Film Grants: $3,500 plus discounted film services

The grant supports unique independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films that will make a contribution to society. International filmmakers are eligible and applications are accepted three times a year.

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