Funding Programmes

  • Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg (MFG): Development Funding

    Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg

    Since Oktober 1995, the Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG) has been working to advance the region's film industry. Shareholders are the state of Baden-Württemberg and the public broadcasting company SWR, partnering with ZDF/ARTE since 1999. The annual budget of approximately 15 million euros subsidizes cinema and TV productions, script development, and distribution of games, documentaries, and animated films. Numerous measures to support the film industry's infrastructure enhance the region's diverse and spirited cinema scene. In 2011 the MFG re-launched its digital content funding program for high-quality media applications with film-related interactive contents.

  • Finnish Film Foundation: Production Support

    Finnish Film Foundation

    The Finnish Film Foundation supports and promotes the Finnish film industry by providing production support that is given to an average of 75 films per year. Production support is available for documentaries.

  • AFAC Documentary Program (ADP)

    Arab Fund of Arts and Culture (AFAC)

    The AFAC Documentary Program (ADP) is made possible with the support of Ford Foundation’s JustFilms program. ADP is a special program that funds and supports creative documentary projects from the Arab region. It runs for a period of three-years and welcomes, on an annual basis, feature-length, medium-length and short documentary projects, in production and post-production, that address the social realities in the Arab region in creative and compelling ways. Around 15 documentary projects will be supported in this cycle of the ADP program. The selected projects will be given both financial as well as professional support by advisors and experts. Winning projects will benefit from networking opportunities that bring their directors and producers into the market, the circuit of international film festivals as well as other fellow filmmakers and industry professionals.

  • Alter-Cine Foundation: Documentary Film Grant

    Alter-Cine Foundation

    The Alter-Cine Foundation assists filmmakers from Africa, Latin America and Asia by providing grants for production of their documentary projects. The Foundation was created in the memory of Canadian filmmaker, Yvan Patry, who passed away on October 14, 1999. Patry was a co-founder of the production company Alter Cine and directed numerous documentaries and current affairs programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia: "… documentaries should go against the tide," he said, "they should bear witness and spur us to action." Patry's documentaries have contributed to tearing down walls of silence, denouncing injustice and barbarism, and giving voice to victims of horror. The Alter-Cine Foundation is inspired by these ethics. The Foundation offers a yearly grant to young film and video makers from Africa, Asia and Latin America to direct a documentary film on the theme of rights and freedoms, including social and economic rights, women's rights, the right to culture and artistic creation. The Foundation particularly supports documentary films that dare to go against the tide, that take the side of the defenceless and question common assumptions by giving a voice to the voiceless, enriching our understanding of the world and helping us reflect on the possibility of changing the world from a perspective of peace, justice, equality and respect for differences.

  • Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

    Asian Cinema Fund

    The AND Fund is a loose coalition of film festival organizers committed to supporting the production and distribution of Asian documentaries. Its members collaborate to build and strengthen the network among Asian documentary filmmakers, while the administration and oversight of AND are being managed by BIFF. The AND fund is made possible by four universities in the Busan region: YoungSan University, DongSeo University, Dong-Eui University, and Pusan National University along with Busan Bank, the BIFF Supporters Committee, and the BIFF Mecenat. During the Busan International Film Festival, AND holds various programs, including the AND Clinics and one-on-one meeting. AND programs introduce useful knowledge to Asian filmmakers to polish up their projects, enhance the practical skills, and broaden insights into documentary markets. AND also organizes several showcases to present films that were completed with the support of AND funds. In cooperation with international documentary film festivals, AND expands their opportunity and seeks new distribution networks for documentary films.

  • AVEK: Scriptwriting and Production Grants

    Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK)

    The main emphasis of AVEK's support is on creative documentaries, short fiction, animated films and media-art based productions. AVEK's production grants are awarded for short films, documentaries and media art productions. Funding is not awarded for long feature films, demonstration or commissioned programmes.

  • BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship

    Bay Area Video Coalition

    Since 1991, BAVC's MediaMaker Fellowship has provided in-kind training and production grants for independent artists at work on social-issue film and multimedia projects, with a particular focus on supporting emerging artists and underserved communities. The National MediaMaker Fellowship builds an engaged national community of creative media artists from diverse fields, increases their capacity for project completion and lasting impact, and inspires new partnerships and collaboration to support future work. The Fellowship is designed to give independent artists direct access to the latest digital media technologies and prepare them for broadcast on public television or other independent outlets, with focused digital and multiplatform strategies for community engagement. The ten-month program supports the development of projects at all stages of production, and includes professional mentorship in multi-platform and transmedia storytelling, curriculum development, social media and marketing, fundraising and distribution strategy support. Fellows participate in three to four separate three-day immersive workshops and feedback sessions at BAVC’s San Francisco office, as well as five informal convenings and check-ins.

  • BFI Documentary Production Fund

    British Film Institute

    The BFI Film Fund is committed to supporting documentary filmmaking, and specifically documentary films with theatrical potential. In recognition of the greater volume of applicants with theatrical documentary proposals, the current industry interest in the form, and the more specialised consideration that this genre requires, particularly for emerging talent, the BFI considers applications from documentary filmmakers through pitching sessions held three times each year, in London and Sheffield. The panel consists of BFI Film Fund executives, industry experts and peers. All documentary applications for development and production are considered through this process. In conjunction with the Sheffield Doc/Fest, the BFI invites a short list of applicants to a pitching session and give them the opportunity to present their projects to the panel. Pitching sessions are held in Sheffield in June, and in London in October and February. Funding awards are made three times a year, following each pitching session.

  • CAAM Documentary Fund

    Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

    With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), CAAM provides production funding to independent producers for national public television. Documentaries are eligible for production or post-production funding and must be intended for public television broadcast.

  • Catapult Film Fund

    Catapult Film Fund

    Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes.