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2021 BlackStar Film Festival: Nonfiction Pitch Contest

DEADLINE: May 31, 2021 In 2021, BlackStar Film Festival will host the third annual BlackStar Pitch. Filmmakers will pitch their short nonfiction projects in front of a virtual audience and a panel of judges to receive feedback and have an opportunity to win an artist grant from WarnerMedia OneFifty.

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2021 Screenplay & Teleplay Competitions

DEADLINE: May 21, 2021 For over twenty-seven years, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television.

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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

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.

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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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Artivive + Goethe-Institut: Visualizing Bias with Augmented Reality Submissions

DEADLINE: May 16, 2021 An open call for artists, designers, and the general public to submit creative representations on the subject of bias, that articulate our ongoing concerns with technology’s growing ability to alter people’s visual perception of reality.

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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 Grant

DEADLINE: June 4, 2021 The AFS Grant makes annual grants to film and video artists in the state of Texas. Awards are provided to artists whose work shows promise, skill, and creativity. AFS is committed to fostering diverse and underrepresented voices in independent film. Special attention is paid to provide support to women filmmakers and those who identify with communities of color.

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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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Bentonville Film Festival Submissions

DEADLINE: May 31, 2021

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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

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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Chelsea Film Festival Submissions

DEADLINE: March 31, 2020 LATE DEADLINE: May 31, 2021 The Chelsea Film Festival is an event consisting of four days of screenings of independent shorts, feature-lengths and documentaries from emerging directors. In between sessions, we will be hosting Q&A sessions, and related events such as an industry mixer for professionals.

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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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CrossCurrents Doc Funds: Canada and International Fund

DEADLINE: June 2, 2021 Promoting inclusion in the documentary space, the CrossCurrents Doc Funds foster storytelling from within groups whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented. The filmmaker’s deep connections to the community will offer a unique perspective on the stories they share.

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DOC NYC 2021 Submissions

DEADLINE: June 30, 2021 DOC NYC, New York’s documentary festival, is an annual event based in Manhattan at the IFC Center, SVA Theatre, and Cinépolis Chelsea. As one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”, the nine-day event showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations with acclaimed filmmakers and industry professionals.

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Doc Society: New Perspectives Fellowship

DEADLINE: May 10, 2021 Doc Society's New Perspectives Fellowship is a two year artist development opportunity supporting daring new works by US-based directors, including Puerto Rico and U.S. territories, who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or as members of historically underrepresented communities.

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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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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 Independent's Toolkit: Deep Story (Course)

DATES: May 13 - June 3, 2021 DEADLINE TO REGISTER: May 13, 2021 Deep Story is a class in which we will dive into what makes story structure tick. We’ll break down and analyze many different models, from Freytag’s Pyramid, to Kishotenkesu’s Four Element Form, to Dan Harmon’s Story Embryo – and of course the more common structures, too. In doing so, writers will be freed to adopt, or create, the perfect structure for the story they want to tell.

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Film Launch: Online Course Calendar

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Firelight Media's Documentary Lab

DEADLINE: June 15, 2021 The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers in the United States from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature-length documentary film.

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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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Funding Guide for Arab Producers

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

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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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ITVS Open Call

DEADLINE: June 11, 2021 Open Call gives independent producers up to $350,000 to complete production for a standalone broadcast length documentary to air on public television—whether you’re an emerging filmmaker or a veteran producer.

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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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MACRO x The Black List Feature Screenwriter Incubator

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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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Movies That Matter: Grants

DEADLINE: May 17, 2021 Movies That Matter offers a start-up grant for new human rights film events and an impact grant for existing events that want to increase their impact or want to add new activities to their programs.

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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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Open City Documentary Festival Submissions

EARLY DEADLINE: January 11, 2021 REGULAR DEADLINE: April 23, 2021 FINAL DEADLINE: May 10, 2021 Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers, providing a platform for emerging talent as well as established masters working within the documentary form.

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Outfest LA Submissions

DEADLINE: May 21, 2021 The Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is ten days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and events celebrating the queer experience.

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Pacific Islanders in Communication Shorts Fund

DEADLINE: May 14, 2021 The Pacific Islanders in Communication Short Fund provides funding of up to $25,000 for the completion of fiction and nonfiction short films of untold stories and fresh perspectives on the indigenous Pacific Islander experience.

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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 Fellowship

DEADLINE: June 14, 2021 The Points North Fellowship brings six teams of early- and mid-career filmmakers to accelerate the development of their feature documentary, culminating in the public presentation of works-in-progress at the Points North Pitch.

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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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Queer | Art: Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists

DEADLINE: June 30, 2021 The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work.

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Raindance Film Festival Submissions

DEADLINE: June 14, 2021 Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK. The 29th Raindance will take place between October 27th and November 6th in central London.

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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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Short Film, Large Subject: Emerging Filmmaker Contest

DEADLINE: June 15, 2021 The Short Film, Large Subject: Emerging Filmmaker Contest invites emerging directors of age 18 and over, from any country, to submit a screenplay or documentary treatment for a short film about the Holocaust (the systematic persecution and murder of Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945) and/or the experiences of Jewish Holocaust victims.

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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 Black List Programs

The Black List has three core programs to support filmmakers: The Black List Annual Feature Lab, The Black List / WIF Feature Residency, and the Black List / WIF Episodic Lab. Check out their program page to learn more!

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The Gotham: Audio Series & Originals Submissions

DEADLINE: May 25, 2021 Expanding upon The Gotham’s core mission of championing and elevating independent storytellers, audio projects at the Project Market represent a wide-range of formats and genres. Audio at the Project Market aids in bridging the gap between independent audio makers and the ever-growing audio industry. Participants in the Audio Project Market can meet with U.S. and International distributors, funders/financiers, and festival programmers.

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The Gotham: Narrative Series Submissions

DEADLINE: May 17, 2021 Submit your project for The Gotham Week Project Market, a meetings-driven forum connecting new fiction & documentary projects in development, production, or post to key industry execs. Narrative Series is best suited for scripted episodic works (short form, half-hour, and hour-long series). Projects are eligible from the development stage up to the entire unreleased completed series.

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The Gotham: Spotlight on Documentaries Submissions

DEADLINE: May 11, 2021 Spotlight on Documentaries is a successful market for U.S. and International buyers, sales agents, and financiers to meet with filmmakers with new doc feature and serialized projects.

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The Miller / Packan Film Fund

DEADLINE: May 15, 2021 The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich. The Fund is financed through the Rogovy Foundation.

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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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The Video Consortium’s 2021 Mentorship Program

DEADLINE: May 30, 2021 The Video Consortium’s inaugural community-wide mentorship program, sponsored by Sony, is a 6-month-long initiative built by and for emerging nonfiction filmmakers and visual journalists to develop their projects and professional network.

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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 In Film Finishing Fund

DEADLINE: June 30, 2021 The Women In Film Finishing Fund gives grants to filmmakers working in both short and long formats, in all genres — narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. To apply for the Finishing Fund, the filmmaker must have completed 90% of principal photography and have a rough cut at the time of application.

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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.