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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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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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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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CAAM: Mediamaker Support Opportunities

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

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California Documentary Project Grants

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. Funding is available for NextGen, Research & Development, and Production.

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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

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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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 Festival and Forum on Human Rights Impact Lab Submissions

Part of the Industry Program, the Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights calls on filmmakers from around the world producing or directing documentaries about pressing social or environmental issues to submit their projects for Impact Day. Selected film teams will be able to attend the Impact Lab to develop their impact campaign, connect with strategic partners to effectively put it in place, and possibly be awarded a cash prize for the best Impact project.

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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 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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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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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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ITVS Open Call

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

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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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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Submissions

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year in addition to its special InFocus programming which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming.

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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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Pacific Islanders in Communications: Opportunities

Explore all filmmaker opportunities offered by Pacific Islanders in Communications.

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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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Roy W. Dean Film Grants

The Roy W. Dean Grant will give out $3K in cash and over $30K of in-kind services and products for shorts, documentaries, and features films with a budget under $500,000.

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San Francisco Film Festival Submissions

Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival) is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Submit your mid-length to feature length films to the festival by December 7, 2020 for consideration.

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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 Film Production Fund & Diversity Award

This fund will grant you up to $30K in financing and production services for a short script or a short film, feature film, documentary, or series pilot at the early stages of production, t. ScreenCraft is also offering an inaugural Diversity Award. At least one of the recipients selected will be from an underrepresented background as defined by the WGA Diversity Report.

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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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SOUND STORIES: A Contest for Creators and Voice Performers by Backstage

Sound Stories is a competition by Backstage challenging Creators to produce and submit a narrative project using only sound and voices. One winner and two runners up will receive approximately $5000 prizes from Backstage and its partners at Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Co//ab, Tongal, Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, and Musicbed. The contest: Write, cast, record, score, edit and submit a narrative story using only sound, lasting no longer than 5 minutes. The story must involve vocal performance and/or voice acting by Backstage performers. The winning project will premiere online and will be evaluated by Backstage and other top entertainment industry judges. Submission Dates: September 26 - October 25, 2020

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SXSW Film Festival Submissions

Premiere your film in front of press, film industry, and film lovers at the SXSW Film Festival. The official deadline to submit your film is October 28, 2020.

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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 TV & Film Collective Producers Fellowship

Wavelength Productions and The Black TV & Film Collective have partnered to present a collection of narrative films inspired by the Black experience of education in America. Through the Black TV & Film Collective Producers Fellowship, six Black producers will be awarded with a $20K production grant, in kind production support and critical career mentorship.

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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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Tongal

Tongal, a creative client community, offers filmmakers the opportunity to pitch for open project briefs. Projects include short animated videos, branded content, and more.

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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.