Grants & Opportunities

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

Sundance Institute Grants & Opportunities

Other Grants & Opportunities

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10th Annual Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship

DEADLINE: March 1 7 days of intensive professional meetings. 3 months of career consultation. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

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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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4th World Media Lab Application - 2023

DEADLINE: December 1 The 4th World Media Lab is a year-long fellowship for emerging and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers, providing opportunities to develop filmmaking skills and networks through festival participation, hands-on training, masterclasses, workshopping projects in development, pitch activities, and meetings with funders and other industry decision-makers. Fellowship activities take place February through September 2023 at three film festivals:

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Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund Creators Impacted by Ukraine

This year, we have witnessed the unprovoked, violent attacks on Ukraine and the tragic loss of innocent lives. As we see continue to see this tragedy unfold, we believe we have a responsibility to support professional creators during the growing humanitarian crisis and refugee situation in the region. We will now be focusing our Community Fund efforts on providing support to those creators who have been directly impacted by the unjustified invasion of Ukraine.

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AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange

Black Public Media (BPM) is committed to bringing to the American public dynamic stories that celebrate the art, culture, history and creativity of people of African descent from the US and around the world.

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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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Application for 2023 MPI Short Film Lab

DEADLINE: December 5 MPI is pleased to invite applications for our 2023 Short Film Lab. This comprehensive program provides filmmakers with hands-on training and mentoring to take their initial film concepts through the process of developing a producible short film script. Filmmakers accepted into the program receive fellowship grants and participate in screenwriting workshops followed by directing workshops.

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BBC Writersroom's Open Call

DEADLINE: December 7 Our Open Call is not a competition but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best writing talent. We look for writers with the strongest potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast.

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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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BLACK ARTISTS GRANT

DEADLINE: Rolling The Black Artists Grant (BAG) offered by Creative Debuts as a no-strings attached financial support to help black artists. Applicants must be based in the UK.

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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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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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CID Fiscal Sponsorship and Collaboration

DEADLINE: Rolling CID has been collaborating with independent producers in the creation of independent documentaries for 35 years.

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Cinematic Short Story Writing Competition

Deadline: November 30 ScreenCraft Competition with cash award and one-of-a-kind mentorship opportunity with novelist/writer Julia Seales.

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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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Diane Weyermann Fellowship at Points North

DEADLINE January 14 Over the course of 18 months, Diane Weyermann Fellows receive:$100,000 in total grant support ($50,000 each year) to support both director/producer salaries and production costs. Two creative retreats in Maine coinciding with the 2023 and 2024 Camden International Film Festivals, including feedback screenings, mentor-led workshops and industry networking opportunities, ongoing mentorship from directors, producers, editors, and industry leaders – through calls, reviewing proposals and budgets or providing notes on work samples and rough cuts – throughout the duration of the program.

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Elevate Collective

Empowering mid- and upper-level disabled screenwriters with the mentorship, coaching and connections they need to level-up their careers.

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Entertainment Community Fund: Social Services and Emergency Financial Assistance

DEADLINE: Rolling Our free and confidential social service programs address a wide array of challenges faced by people in performing arts and entertainment. Our professional social workers offer support, counseling and practical help. If you would like to speak with a social worker, please complete our application or contact an office nearest to you.

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Film Fund Grant Program

DEADLINE December 31 ScreenCraft will offer production grants to talented creators for narrative features, short films, TV pilot series scripts, and documentaries that display originality, vision & exceptional potential. Grant amounts will vary up to $30,000 depending on the scale and merit of each project.

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Film Independent Documentary Lab

DEADLINE: January 27 / February 10 for members If you've got a feature documentary at the rough cut stage (or in early post-production in a few exceptional cases), why not apply to Film Independent's mentorship program that includes exposure to industry professionals and year-round mentorship?

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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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Florida Emerging Filmmakers Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling The Florida Emerging Filmmakers Fund provides cash in the amount of $1,000 – $2,000 per project to deserving filmmakers needing help for their film projects. In addition to cash, projects selected for the Emerging Filmmakers Fund will receive mentorship from an industry professional throughout the project.

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Ford Foundation Just Film

Rolling Deadline We support 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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Funds for Writers: List of Grants

List of filmmaker grants, fellowships, and other opportunities.

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Hot Docs: Blue Ice Docs Fund

DEADLINE: November 30 (Must hold citizenship, or have legal permanent residency, and primarily live and work in Africa) Up to five funded projects will be invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program guided by international mentors. Due to the current global health crisis, the 2022 iteration will be a hybrid model consisting of a private digital filmmaker lab, year-round mentorship from seasoned doc professionals, and participation at Hot Docs and Durban FilmMart/Durban International Film Festival.

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Hurricane Disaster Relief Available

DEADLINE: Rolling The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has activated its disaster relief program for eligible SAG-AFTRA members impacted by Hurricane Ian or Hurricane Fiona.

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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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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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Imaginar Producers Residency

DEADLINE: December 1 The Residency will support three Latinx Producers during a nine-month period. Each Fellow will receive a $50,000 grant to financially assist the continued development of their projects. Throughout the year, Fellows will receive mentorship and feedback from seasoned industry professionals, and access to creative working facilities.

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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: 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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ITVS Open Call for Documentary Subjects

DEADLINE: December 16 Open Call gives independent documentary producers up to $350,000 to complete production for a standalone broadcast length documentary to air on public television.

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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 Internship Placements

DEADLINE: Rolling Since 2006, we have awarded over 200 paid internships. Our interns regularly receive offers of full-time employment from their host companies and go on to work in Hollywood full-time.

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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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MUSLIM CENTERED ARTIST SUPPORT

Artist Support creates a cycle of support for ISF film alumni by developing programming that supports their journey as a whole. We operate from a “Muslim Centered” space which is an evolving framework that creates space for Muslim artists to restore, define, and center their narratives.

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NBCU LAUNCH TV DIRECTORS PROGRAM | FEMALE FORWARD

DEADLINE: December 15 NBCU LAUNCH TV Directors Program | Female Forward is the company's program created to increase the number of directors from underrepresented backgrounds

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Panavision: New Filmmaker Program

DEADLINE: Rolling Grants for equipment and post services

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Parity Pipeline

Through the Parity Pipeline Initiative, Film Fatales connects underrepresented directors with production companies, funding organizations, agencies and other industry programs looking to expand their talent pool. We also reach out directly to grantors and film festival programmers to introduce them to new projects as well as negotiate submission waivers and discounts.

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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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Power Women Summit

MEETING VIRTUALLY AND IN PERSON: December 13 & 14 The Power Women Summit is the largest annual gathering of the most influential women in entertainment, media and technology. The Summit aims to inspire and empower women across the landscape of their professional careers and personal lives. 2022's PWS provides two days of education, workshops and networking. FREE VIRTUAL EVENT

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Project: Hatched 2023 applications

DEADLINE: January 17 Project: Hatched provides grants to support filmmakers Receive a $30,000 USD grant. A minimum of $15,000 USD must be allocated towards an impact campaign. Up to $15,000 USD may be used for film completion, including expenses already incurred

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Puffin Foundation Grant

Deadline: December 31 We anticipate accepting new proposals in video/film, theater and environmentally focused projects for our 2023 Annual Artist Grant. Program.Average grants are approximately $1,250. The maximum grant size is $2,500.

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Reel South PBS Documentary Submissions

DEADINE: Rolling REEL SOUTH reveals the South's proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives, through the commission, curation, and distribution of feature-length and short documentaries. Reel South is a PBS documentary series and a platform for and a service to non-fiction filmmakers in the American South working within the region’s tradition of storytelling.

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Rideback Rise

Opens September 1 The Rideback Rise program identifies an annual cohort of Fellows who are supported financially and creatively to make mainstream film, television, digital and audio content and other innovative projects that advance racial equity through technology and content. Fellows are established writers, filmmakers and creative entrepreneurs from throughout the industry

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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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Roy W. Dean Film Grants

DEADLINE: Rolling NEXT DEADLINE: October 31 To be eligible for the grant, the project submitted must be budgeted for under $500,000.

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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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Telefilm Canada Marketing Program

DEADLINE: Rolling The Marketing Program supports the marketing, promotion and distribution of Canadian feature films.

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Telefilm Canadian Production Program

DEADLINE: Rolling The Production Program finances Canadian feature films at the production or post-production stage.

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The BFI provides funding for film and TV development and production, which includes projects in the UK, international co-productions, and completion funding.

"DEADLINE December 29 Answer these two questions for a chance to get up to $10,000 and other prizes to make your film. What's the premise of your project? How will you use some of the funding to make it happen?"

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The California Documentary Project Grants Program

DEADLINE: Multiple The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity.

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The Filmmaker Assistance Program

The Filmmaker Assistance Program (FAP) is designed to help developing independent Canadian filmmakers complete their films/videos by providing technical services and support.

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The Way of the Short: Animated short film project competition early stage of development

DEALINE: December 9 Open to participants from all over Latin America. To register a project, you only need the project bible (these are projects in gestation, in an early stage) 10 projects will be selected to attend a bootcamp with international mentors.At the bootcamp, the best projects will be selected to be presented in Annecy and a Market pass for the 2022 Pixelatl Festival. The best project will win an artistic residency in France to produce the short film during 2024 and have it released that same year.

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UK Public Film Funding Opportuties

There are many routes to public film funding in the UK, with tax relief benefits and a wide range of awards and schemes running throughout the year with different agencies.

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Untold Stories

DEADLINE: February 7 Untold Stories is a multi-year, multi-tier alliance between AT&T and Tribeca Festival that awards $1 million dollars, mentorship, and comprehensive support to systemically underrepresented filmmakers to produce their films.

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Vision Makers Media Funding, Fellowship, and Mentorship Opportunities

Deadline: Rolling Vision Maker Media’s mission is empowering and engaging Native people to share stories.

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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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World Cinema Production Fund

DEADLINE: March 1 Since 2004, the World Cinema Fund has helped to give shape and visibility to largely unseen cinema – by supporting film production in countries that lack a constructive film industry and by giving talented filmmakers the opportunity to gain or improve their international recognition and reach a global audience. Although German or European producers are always the administrative recipients of our support, they are required to spend the money in the projects’ regions of origin, a very effective way to support production in places where the financial means are most needed.

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Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies

Uncover open calls for arts residency applications, and find news, events and residencies