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2022 Unity for Humanity Grant

DEADLINE: December 3, 2021 We empower social impact creators by offering grant funding, mentorship, and technical support for their RT3D projects. For 2022, we are awarding up to $500K in grants, including a special Imagine Grant in partnership with Common to the project that best Imagines a Better World inspired by Common’s latest single, Imagine.

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2023 Creative Capital Wild Futures Grants

DEADLINE: April 2, 2022 In celebration of our upcoming 25th Anniversary, Creative Capital is pleased to announce “Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact”— the one-time theme for our next grant cycle in 2023/2024. We invite artists to propose experimental, risk-taking projects in the performing arts, technology, literature, visual arts, and moving image, which push boundaries formally and thematically, and/or venture into wild, out-there, never-before-seen concepts and future universes real or imagined.

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Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

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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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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Alliance of Artists Communities' List of Upcoming Residencies

An ongoing guide to residencies for visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, scholars, filmmakers, community artists, architects, and more, from all over the world.

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AMDOC Funds & Residencies

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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Artist Relief Fund

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.

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Artist Relief Project

The Artist Relief Project funds raised will offer relief to artists in the immediate short term in the form of a one-time stipend ($200) and in the long term in the form of resources for alternative, sustainable economic opportunities.

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Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

All money raised will be distributed to BIPOC individual artists/teaching artists who have meet the requirements as stated in the application form. At this time, the emergency fund is only for arts leaders of color based in the United States

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Austin Film Society: Online Class Calendar

Austin Film Society provides classes for filmmaker education. Take a look at their upcoming class schedule to register.

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Behind the Scenes Grant

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 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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BlackStar Film Festival Submissions

DEADLINE: March 31, 2021 The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global Indigenous communities, showcasing films by Black, Brown and Indigenous artists from around the world.

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CAAM: Mediamaker Support Opportunities

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

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CAPE New Writers Fellowship

DEADLINE: October 31, 2021 The CAPE New Writers Fellowship (CNWF) discovers and nurtures emerging writers launching their careers in television. This immersive Fellowship arms each writer with the practical and business knowledge they need to succeed as a professional writer in the entertainment industry.

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CAPE New Writers Fellowship

The CAPE New Writers Fellowship (CNWF) discovers and nurtures emerging writers launching their careers in television and film. Founded and co-chaired by Emmy Award-winning creator and Showrunner Leo Chu and veteran film and TV executive Steve Tao, CNWF is one of few programs created by a creative and an executive. This immersive fellowship arms each writer with the practical and business knowledge they need to succeed as a professional writer in the entertainment industry.

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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

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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COVID-19 List of Emergency Funding for Artists

A curated list of available emergency funding for artists.

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DocuClub: Share your Work in Progress

DEADLINE: Rolling For many, DocuClub is the first opportunity for a filmmaker 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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Dramatists Guild Foundation

DGF will be processing Emergency Grants based on severity of need, especially as it relates to COVID-19. DGF is sensitive to the inherent economic challenges that will arise in relation to CDC recommendations for social distancing.

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Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism

DEADLINE: Rolling ECFJ supports a variety of work, including: text, photography, audio and video. Artists and artist-journalist teams with longer-term, research-intensive projects are also encouraged to apply.

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Film Independent Documentary Lab

DEADLINE: December 29, 2021 The Documentary Lab provides creative feedback and story notes to participating filmmakers, while helping them strategize for the completion, distribution and marketing of their films. The program advances the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film professionals who can advise on both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking.

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Film Independent Fiscal Sponsorship

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 Programs

DEADLINE: Check page for deadlines Information and deadlines for all of Film Independent's Labs and Grants.

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Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant

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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Film Launch: Online Course Calendar

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Firelight Media: The Spark Fund

DEADLINE: December 29, 2021 The Spark Fund offers support to established independent documentary filmmakers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color, and whose work on humanities-themed projects was disrupted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Freelancers Affected by COVID Restrictions: Leveler Distribution of Wealth Database

Ongoing / No Deadline The leveler database was created to help out my friends in the creative community and service industry who are currently being hit hard by COVID health and safety restrictions (venue closures/tour cancellations/shifts lost/commissions canceled/etc and so on).

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From Script to PreProduction

DEADLINE: November 12, 2021 A three part, 5 month lab for filmmakers looking to commit to making their first feature.

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Funding Guide for Arab Producers

A comprehensive funding guide for Arab producers compiled by Irit Neidhardt.

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Grant Writing for Artists (Four Part Workshop)

DEADLINE: November 1, 2021 This workshop, led by filmmaker Tracie Holder, is open to artists working across all disciplines who have a project in development and are ready to start the grant application process. Over four weeks, you will gain confidence in your fundraising and proposal writing abilities and develop a solid road map to begin the process. Workshop dates are: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, & 11/30.

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Hire Her Back Fund

Women In Film, in partnership with New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA), launched the Hire Her Back initiative, to shine a light on and support the extraordinarily talented women in the screen industries whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

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Hubert Bals Fund

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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IDFA Bertha Fund

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 Short Documentary Program

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 Launches New Development Fund

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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It's Funny Because It's True

DEADLINE: November 3, 2021 Hot Docs and Netflix are looking to discover the next generation of filmmakers through their funniest non-fiction tales. It’s Funny Because It’s True will financially support up to five documentary projects and provide mentorship to help selected filmmakers expand their networks and advance their careers.

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ITVS Humanities Documentary Development Fellowship

DEADLINE: December 1, 2021 A one-time, 12-month unrestricted fellowship to help pandemic-affected independent documentary filmmakers with early development of high-potential projects that increase the diversity, urgency, and relevance of the nation’s humanities-centered documentary pipeline.

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JustFilm Ford Foundation 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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JustFilms Grants

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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KTQ Labs

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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Mental Health Kindred Certification for Content Creators

As we navigate the COVID-19 crisis, our mental health is at even greater risk — and other sources of trauma are making it worse. As an influential content creator, you have a unique opportunity to use your visibility to destigmatize important conversations about mental health and increase access to crucial resources. This program is designed to support you with the science, facts, and language to communicate about mental health in a responsible, constructive, and informed manner.

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Moving Picture Institute Filmmaker Grant

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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Native Americans in Entertainment COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Native Americans in Entertainment COVID-19 Relief Fund will grant eligible Native American writers, directors, actors and all above the line and below the line workers in the entertainment industry who have experienced loss of employment due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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North Star: Coaching & Workshopping Service for Emerging Writers

A script walks into a workshop. Everyone has ideas. Nothing changes. Fin. Meet North Star, a tech world-inspired coaching and workshopping service framed to uplift your next masterpiece. If you're looking for a modernized, accessible, individualized, and efficient approach to develop and refine your script, join our BETA phase Fall 2020. Mention Sundance Co//ab for a special discount.

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NYC Women Filmmakers Microgrants

DEADLINE: June 1, 2021 NYC Women FIlmmakers is offering ten (10) NYCWF Microgrants of $500 each to support projects or professional development for Members of the NYCWF Network. Grants can be used for production materials, post production services, film festival or competition fees, film education or training, and purchasing or renting essential equipment or supplies. Priority will be given to projects/films that support underrepresented filmmakers and/or involves NYCWF Network members in key leadership positions.

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Pacific Islanders in Communications: Opportunities

Explore all filmmaker opportunities offered by Pacific Islanders in Communications.

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Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

DEADLINE: June 28, 2021 The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund supports feature length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz's work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, and outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing.

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Points North Institute Artist Programs

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

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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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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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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SFFILM Grants

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

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The Artists' Fellowship

The Arts Fellowship provides emergency aid from $2,500 to $5,000 for artists dealing with immediate medical needs and aftermaths.

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The Indigenous List

DEADLINE: February 5, 2022 For the second year in a row, The Black List has partnered with IllumiNative and Sundance Institute for the Indigenous List. The Indigenous List will feature film and television scripts authored by Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native Film artists working in the U.S.

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The Soze Foundation - Artist + Activist Relief Fund

This fund, created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce and Invisible Hand, will support artists and activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. We will be making $250 grants to selected applicants on an on-going basis. We currently have $39,000 total for this first round of grants.

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Tribeca Untold Stories

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022 Untold Stories is a multi-year, multi-tier alliance between AT&T and the Tribeca Film Festival that awards $1 million dollars, mentorship, and distribution support to underrepresented filmmakers to produce their films.

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Vision Maker Media: Fund Your Film

Each year, Vision Maker Media awards over $500,000 in production contracts to independent producers and public television stations to produce programming by and about Native Americans for use by PBS stations.

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Women and Hollywood Special Crowdfunding Support Feature

Ongoing / No Deadline If your project has been affected by the cancellation of SXSW or another festival or event, Women and Hollywood wants to help you amplify your campaign. They’ll be publishing weekly crowdfunding features highlighting projects by and/or about women that have been impacted by a coronavirus-related cancellation.

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Women Make Movies Fiscal Sponsorship Program

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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WrapWomen PitchFest

DEADLINE: November 30, 2021 In partnership with Lifetime, WrapWomen presents PitchFest inviting emerging female filmmakers to submit pitches for narrative feature films. One winner will be selected by a team of Lifetime development executives to be developed into a script by pairing the filmmaker with a screenwriter.