Grants & Opportunities

A list of film and media grants, labs, contests and fellowships - updated weekly

Sundance Institute Grants & Opportunities

Other Grants & Opportunities

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2022 NRDC Climate Storytelling Fellowship

DEADLINE: November 30, 2022 The Fellowship will grant $20,000 each to three writers to support revision of a feature screenplay or pilot that engages with climate change in a meaningful way through events, actions, character, emotions, plot, and/or setting.

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523: The Black Creator Accelerator

Deadline: 8/12/2022 The Black Creator Accelerator will provide 25 aspiring Black creators with a $10k/month stipend to pursue creative endeavors and get connected with opportunities to launch sustainable, full-fledged careers. In addition, Google Pixel, Westbrook Media, and UNCMMN will work with Snapchat to enrich the educational curriculum and create tailored workshops for participants.

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Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

DEADLINE: Rolling To help our community manage during this public health crisis The Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs. Please note, while some of the funds are for members of entertainment unions, you do not need to be a union member to receive help from The Actors Fund.

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Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling The Adobe Creative Residency program supports creators of visual digital work, offering grants of $500–$5,000 for either a portfolio project or a paid Adobe project commission.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Media Grants

DEADLINE: Rolling Advance public understanding and engagement with science through the support of innovative projects that use a range of media to reach a broad, cross-cultural audience. Grants support both traditional and web-native media that fall outside the other Public Understanding programs.

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AMDOC Funds & Residencies

DEADLINE: Rolling Through our broadcast, interactive and engagement programs, we've has nurtured generations of independent mediamakers with direct funding, mentorship, editorial support and national distribution and engagement strategies. In addition, we provide year-round support for the field through artist-centered programs that include filmmaker funds and talent incubation initiatives.

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Behind the Scenes Grants

DEADLINE: Rolling We will accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and is in financial need. Your major source of income must be from your work in the entertainment technology industry, which includes being directly involved with production.

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Berlinale Talents

Deadline: 9/1/2022 Calling film professionals from across the globe - apply now to join the world’s top 200 emerging filmmakers for a transformative week of talks, workshops and think-tanks from February 18-23, 2023. Berlinale Talents is aimed at emerging film actors, audience designers (i.e. curators, cinema or festival makers), composers, cinematographers, directors, distributors, editors, film critics, producers, production designers, sales agents, screenwriters, sound designers and, new for 2023, digital set designers with an existing portfolio of work.

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Black Public Media Discretionary Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling The application is an invitation-only funding opportunity. BPM supports storytellers during the most challenging times in the fundraising process -- securing seed and completion funds. BPM accepts proposals for feature-length documentaries, shorts or limited podcast series for public media distribution.

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CAAM: Mediamaker Support Opportunities

DEADLINE: Rolling Explore all funding and support opportunities offered by the Center for Asian American Media.

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Catapult Development Grant

Deadline: 8/31/2022 Catapult gives early support to propel projects forward that hold the promise of a story that should be uniquely told in film. They provide development funding, up to $20,000, to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, have secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help unlock critical production funding. They enable filmmakers to develop their projects to the next level, at the early stage when funding is hard to find. They support powerful and moving storytelling, by filmmakers with a strong voice across a broad spectrum of subject matter.

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Catapult Film Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling Catapult gives early support to propel projects forward that hold the promise of a story that should be uniquely told in film. Catapult provides development funding, up to $20,000, to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, have secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help unlock critical production funding.

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CERF+ Emergency Assistance Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling CERF+’s emergency relief grants provide immediate financial assistance to eligible artists working in craft disciplines (such as woodworkers, fiber artists, metalsmiths, glass artists, potters, and furniture makers) after career threatening emergencies. The emergency grants are available to established artists working in craft disciplines including folk and traditional artists.

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Creator Fund from Kickstarter, Creative Capital & Skoll

DEADLINE: Rolling $500,000 Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Fund backing projects by Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx creators on the Kickstarter. Effective immediately, funds will be awarded on an ongoing basis to creators with active projects across all of Kickstarter’s categories.

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Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism

DEADLINE: Rolling The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is a grant-making program that supports artists producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets. Grant support will range from $500 to $5,000.

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Film Independent Fiscal Sponsorship

DEADLINE: Rolling Fiscal sponsorship is an arrangement between an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an individual or entity lacking the legal status needed to receive grants from foundations, individual donors and government agencies.

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Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant

DEADLINE: Rolling The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase. Eligible films must depict themes, stories and characters grounded in real science, technology or economics.

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Fondation AlterCiné Documentary Film Grant

Deadline: 8/15/2022 Every year, the Foundation awards a grant of 10,000 Canadian dollars and a few 5,000 Canadian dollars grants to some filmmakers to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation, as explained above.

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Ford Foundation JustFilms Grants

DEADLINE: Rolling JustFilms supports artist-driven film and new media storytelling projects that explore aspects of inequality, as well as the organizations and networks that support these projects.

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Hot Docs Film Funds

DEADLINE: Multiple Hot Docs boasts a $13M portfolio of production funds that provide doc makers with much-needed development, production and completion grants, as well as valuable professional development opportunities.

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Hubert Bals Funds

DEADLINE: Multiple The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to help remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe on their road to completion.

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Ida B. Wells: Disrupting the Master Narrative Short-Film Fund

Deadline: 8/27/2022 Chromatic Black is inviting submissions for the 2nd annual Ida B. Wells Disrupting the Master Narrative Fund. The fund will invest in five projects that critique dominant social and historical narratives and embody artistic attributes: commitment, communal meaning, disruption, cultural integrity, emotional experience, risk-taking, coherence, openness, stickiness, and resourcefulness. Five applicants will be selected to receive investments of $15,000 each to go towards the production of a short film running between 9 and 18 minutes. This fund is for creating an original new short film only.

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IDA DocuClub: Share Your Work-in-Progress

DEADLINE: Rolling The IDA DocuClub is an opportunity for filmmakers to share their work-in-progress in an intimate setting with a general audience at a critical moment in their process. Select filmmakers are paired with seasoned story/editing consultants to help them integrate audience feedback into their film.

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IDFA Bertha Documentary Funds

DEADLINE: Multiple Applications to the IDFA Bertha Fund can be made in a variety of different funding categories. In all categories, the Fund is looking for films that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

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IDFA Bertha Fund Classic – Ukraine Support

Deadline: 9/1/2022 With support from the Open Society Foundation, the IDFA Bertha Fund is launching a special call for documentary projects from Ukraine. The aim is to offer support to the film community and contribute to the continuity of documentary film production. Eligible filmmakers can submit their documentary project in one of two categories: project development support or production & post-production support. In addition to financing, the Fund will provide tailor-made support in areas such as creative process, strategy and networking, and safety and security, based on the specific needs of each project, in conversation with the filmmaking teams. All selected director-producer teams will be invited to attend IDFA 2022.

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IDFA Markets: Docs For Sale

Deadline: 9/8/2022 Docs for Sale facilitates the sales and distribution of high-end documentary films, providing one-on-one meetings, bespoke services, and strategic know-how for IDFA-selected films as well as other outstanding titles on today's market.

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If/Then Shorts Documentary Programs

DEADLINE: Multiple If/Then Shorts is a new filmmaking initiative that awards monetary grants and provides year-round distribution mentorship to filmmakers creating short documentaries.

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Impact Partners Development Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling Impact Partners is now accepting applications on a rolling basis for its seven-figure development equity fund. Between 4-8 documentary features, series, or projects will be selected a year and given $10,000-$100,000 per project.

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Inevitable Foundation Screenwriting Fellowships

DEADLINE: Rolling These fellowships are for disabled screenwriters who are creating mainstream stories, which may or may not include disabled characters or be about disability. While increasing the presence of disabled screenwriters in the industry will surely advance representation on screen, disabled screenwriters are capable of writing stories that have nothing to do with disability and should have full freedom to choose how much of their work is about a part of their identity or not.

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Inevitable Foundation: Mid-Career Screenwriting Fellowship

DEADLINE: Rolling The Screenwriting Fellowship gives professional disabled screenwriters $25,000 in unrestricted funding, bespoke mentorship and access to in-depth workshops to advance their careers and projects.

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Kartemquin KTQ Work-in-Progress Labs

DEADLINE: Rolling Free, intimate feedback sessions for the critique and discussion of work-in-progress by an independent filmmaker. These intimate feedback sessions are open for incomplete projects at any stage of production, whether short fundraising demos or feature-length rough/fine cuts.

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Made In NY: PA Training Program

DEADLINE: Rolling The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program is here to help you access your potential in the film and television industry.

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Moving Picture Institute Rising Filmmaker Program

DEADLINE: Rolling The Moving Picture Institute's Rising Filmmaker Program supports filmmakers who are committed to developing and producing marketable projects about human freedom.

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Moving Picture Institute Screenwriting Workshops

DEADLINE: Rolling In these ten-week virtual workshops, participants develop original concepts under the guidance of award-winning screenwriters and develop them into compelling, pro-freedom scripts for short or feature length films. There is an opportunity for scripts developed in these workshops to be acquired for production as an MPI Original Film.

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New Narratives - NFMLA

DEADLINE: August 29, 2022 The NewNarratives initiative advances, funds and amplifies unique, innovative creators whose narratives, stories, and characters transcend borders and dismantle convention. NewNarratives seeks to discover original, authentic work with a strong point of view and identify compelling storytelling that speaks to contemporary themes in innovative and resonant ways. Free from any set parameters on theme and genre, episodic or feature film concepts that push convention are at the program’s core. NewNarratives will award one artist a grant to support the development of a new project. The funded material will also be introduced by OneFifty to the Warner Bros. Discovery family of companies for further development consideration. Program applications will open up to members of NFMLA on August 8th, 2022, with a submission deadline of August 29th, 2022.

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Nickelodeon Intergalactic Shorts Program

Deadline: 8/26/2022 The Program aims to find great original IP that is prime for production as an animated short, with the potential of becoming the next hit Nickelodeon long-form series.

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Pacific Islanders in Communications: Funding and Distribution Opportunities

DEADLINE: Multiple Explore all filmmaker opportunities offered by Pacific Islanders in Communications.

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Pacific Islanders in Communications: Special Projects Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for documentary projects for public television broadcast that fall outside the parameters of their Media Fund. PIC’s capacity to fund these projects is extremely limited and highly competitive. Such projects must meet a set of strict criteria in order to be considered for funding.

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Pacific Islanders in Communications: Submissions for Pacific Heartbeat Series Acquisition

DEADLINE: Rolling Pacific Heartbeat is a national public television series of critically acclaimed documentaries that provides an authentic glimpse into the Pacific Islander experience. The series is produced by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) and premiers a new season each year in the month of May.

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Points North Institute Artist Programs

DEADLINE: Multiple Our Artist Programs are designed to bring together filmmakers, artists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative community on the coast of Maine that nurtures the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and helps them develop a stronger artistic voice.

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Pop Culture Collaborative Grants

DEADLINE: Rolling Pop Culture Collaborative grants are awarded to organizations, companies and individuals working to drive mass audience experiences, cultural transformation, narrative shifts, and personal revelations through the power of modern media and entertainment.

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POV's Documentary Funding List

Looking for funding for your documentary? Check out this list for U.S. and international funders.

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Project Greenlight on HBO Max

DEADLINE: Rolling Project Greenlight on HBO Max will select one talented, undiscovered woman director for the opportunity to make a studio film for release in 2023. The chosen director will be mentored by Issa Rae and other prominent figures of the industry as they take a Hollywood script through pre-production, casting, principal photography, and post production. The entire journey will be documented and shared in the new series on HBO Max.

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Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring

DEADLINE: Rolling The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring is a five-year grant and mentorship program for film composers of diverse ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and abilities that are historically underrepresented in film composition.

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Roadmap Writers: Diversity Initiative Competition

DEADLINE: 25th of each month A monthly competition for diverse screenwriters with at least one completed original Feature or TV Pilot who are ready to tackle the marketing aspect of their career. Open to BIPOC, AAPI, LGBTQIA+, womxn over 45, writers with disabilities, and more.

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ScreenCraft Film Fund

Deadline: Rolling Every 6 months, up to two filmmakers will be awarded this production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. We announce the recipient(s) of the grant approximately 10 weeks after each final deadline.

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Screencraft TV Pilot Screenplay Competition

Early Deadline: 7/31/2022 Regular Deadline: 8/31/2022 Late Deadline: 9/30/2022 3 Grand Prize winners will be selected for this year's competition. One by Anna Konkle (Pen15), one by Katherine Collins (Lost in Space, Handmaid's Tale), and one by Lisa Zwerling (The Rook, When We Rise, Betrayal). Each Grand Prize winner will receive from their respective mentor: a personalized round of notes, virtual meeting, and project development insight. The Grand Prize Winners will also be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive personal introductions and calls with one or more top Hollywood literary manager(s) who are looking for talented emerging TV writers.

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SeriesFest Storytellers Initiative

Regular Deadline: 8/19/2022 Late Deadline: 9/16/2022 The Storytellers Initiative TV pilot competition seeks unproduced 30-minute sitcoms that have at least one Native American character and/or writer, represent an authentic Native American voice, and are accurate in Native American portrayals; scripts must be void of stereotypes traditionally associated with Native American peoples.

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SFFILM Grants

DEADLINE: Multiple Our grants and fellowships provide financial support to independent filmmakers from across the country and throughout the world working on feature-length narrative and documentary projects.

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Stochastic Labs Residency

DEADLINE: Rolling Stochastic Labs awards fully sponsored residencies to exceptional engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world.

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Streetlights Production Assistant Training Program

DEADLINE: Rolling Streetlights is a non-profit job training, job placement and career advancement program founded to assist economically and/or socially disadvantaged young minority men and women to create ethnic diversity in commercial, feature and television production.

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Tasveer Film Fund

Deadline: 9/15/2022 Starting at the height of the pandemic in 2020, TFF was one of the first kind of funds in the United States solely dedicated to supporting South Asian filmmakers. Winners receive a monetary grant and year-long mentorship, to help bring their scripts to life. With partial support from Netflix, Tasveer has expanded the annual funding program to support three projects – narrative, documentary and LGBTQIA+ short film projects, in addition to a feature narrative project.

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Teri Rogers Filmmakers Grant

Deadline: 9/1/2022 Teri Rogers Filmmakers grants are for self-identifying women and gender nonconforming early-career directors creating new film, video, and digital production work in the short film, narrative genre (non documentary). The purpose of these grants is to support ambitious projects of risk, growth, and change for the filmmaker that also make a positive impact on the community. This funding is meant to support the process of production (filming) or post-production. ArtsKC will award one director with $10,000, a five-year membership to Film Independent, a subscription to Movie Maker Magazine, and mentorship opportunities with professionals in the field.

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US Online Pitchbox

DEADLINE: August 17 Filmarket Hub has launched the first US Online Pitchbox, their new virtual pitch event dedicated to American feature films and scripted series in development. Filmarket Hub aims to discover fresh talent and high-quality unproduced projects and match them with leading companies in the industry. The creators of the selected projects will have the opportunity to pitch and meet each of the participating executives in 1to1 meetings. In addition, the full-service media company Buffalo 8 will award one Film project and one TV project with professional executive producer services (valued at $7,950 each). This will include comprehensive budgeting, scheduling, and financial forecasting along with tailored consulting and executive producer support. Furthermore, all the selected projects will be awarded Final Draft screenwriting software (worth $249.99).

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Women Make Movies Fiscal Sponsorship Program

DEADLINE: Rolling Our Fiscal Sponsorship is designed for women filmmakers who are actively fundraising for their film or video project and need 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status.

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Writer’s Vision Grant from The Blacklist & Warby Parker

DEADLINE: August 15, 2022 Three writers in film, television, and theater will be awarded $20,000 each to either film a short proof of concept based on their feature, develop a new work for the stage, or develop and write an original pilot.