Funding Opportunity

Documentary filmmakers around the world are increasingly taking on high-stakes journalistic storytelling once the domain of legacy media. IDA is supporting this critically important work, while helping filmmakers retain their independent voices and artistic visions. Projects may be a short, feature, series, VR or other emerging documentary format. Grants up to $15,000.

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Pare Lorentz was an award-winning documentary pioneer who believed that film holds enormous potential for advancing social justice and education. He was the first IDA Documentary Awards Career Achievement Award Honoree. In his spirit, The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund provides production & post production grants to full-length independent films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. In 2018, the focus issue area is land or water with grants average between $15,000 - $25,000.

The Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy are pleased to announce that the 2018 Native Voices Rising (NVR) grant pool is now open for both donors and potential grantees. NVR is now accepting grant applications. We encourage all Native-led groups that have a membership base in the community, work to to develop leadership, and take collective action to win progressive social change to apply.

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Ohina seeks passionate, professional, and collaborative filmmakers for their lab! They hope to create a fellowship of the most talented, up-and-coming, local filmmakers and give them the opportunity to learn from some of the best working screenwriters and filmmakers today. On Saturday, September 8, select filmmakers will have an opportunity to develop screenplays and learn from ʻOhina 2018 Special Guest Dana Ledoux Miller (The Newsroom, Narcos, Blood & Oil, Designated Survivor).

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), in partnership with New Orleans Film Society, is inviting storytellers coming from the American South to apply for a new pitch opportunity during the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival. The pitch calls for original stand-alone commissions of short documentaries that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics about the American South.

American Documentary (AmDoc), the parent nonprofit of POV and AMERICA REFRAMED, launched the Artist Emergency (AE) Fund, aimed at providing emergency financial assistance to filmmakers facing unexpected and substantial personal, health or property needs or losses including those caused by accidents or natural disasters. This is the first fund of its kind dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers, and a first step towards greater sustainability in the industry.

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 Rogovy Foundation’s new Focus Grant provides $15,000 in development funding for curated documentary film topics. The Foundation’s goal is to encourage awareness, debate and solutions on issues identified as ripe for discussion. Currently, nine topics are listed on the website, soliciting Requests for Proposals. Some of the topic working titles are: The Empathy Gene; Cannabis vs. Opioids; The Ark of Taste; Missing Public Heroes.

Vision Maker Media (VMM) can offer reimbursement of up to $500 towards film festival entry fees (as VMM’s budget allows) for your VMM funded film. Upon request, VMM can send you a list of suggested film festivals, including Native American specific festivals, for your consideration.

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