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Grants and Funding Opportunities for Filmmakers

08 Apr 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

LEF LogoLEF has offices within two regional areas: New England and California. Through the LEF Moving Image Fund, the New England office supports the creation of new work by documentary filmmakers living in the region, through an application process. LEF California identifies and funds projects proactively. LEF Foundation was incorporated in California in 1985 and endowed by a gift made by its president, Marion E. Greene, and her family.  LEF has compiled a significant list of resources, shared below with permission.

  • The Perspective Fund provides grant support to independently-produced documentary films that highlight social justice and human rights issues, and that align with their priority areas. Currently, grant proposals for funding are accepted by invitation only, but filmmakers are welcome to complete Perspective’s inquiry formDeadline: Rolling
  • The ITVS Open Call application will open in July, Open Call gives independent producers up to $350,000 to complete production for a standalone broadcast length documentary to air on public television. Open Call is not a grant. You will receive funding in the form of a production agreement that assigns ITVS certain rights over your project during the term of the contract. Deadline: Reopens July 2020
  • Save the Date for IDA’s 2020 grant deadlinesThe IDA Entreprise Documentary Fund‘s production grant opportunity reopens in August. The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fundopens in February with a deadline of April 5, 2020.
  • SFF Documentary Film Fund awards grants once a year to documentary feature projects and are open to filmmakers internationally. Regular deadline is April 6. Final deadline is April 30Learn more.
  • CAAM Documentary Fund. With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, CAAM provides production funding to independent producers who make engaging Asian American works for public television. Documentaries are eligible for production or post-production funding and must be intended for public television broadcast. Awards typically range between $10,000 and $50,000. Currently holding open call through Friday, March 27thLearn more.
  • The New England Foundation for the Arts has a new grant opportunity! New Work New England provides grants of $7,500-$15,000 to New England-based artists in dance, film, interdisciplinary work, music, musical theater, opera, poetry, storytelling and theater to support the creation and production of new work that has the potential to engage multiple New England communities. Deadline to apply: June 24, 2020Learn more


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