Derek Freese Documentary Fund

Institution: Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF)


Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF) provides production support for feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and a connection to Greater Philadelphia.

DFDF helps support documentary filmmakers who are in various stages of the production and post-production process, and have a powerful story to tell and a strong vision for a finished film.

Who can apply

Applicants must include a proposal and sample work that conveys the narrative and aesthetic visual for the final film, containing footage of no more than 15 minutes.

Funding available

This award is given biennially to an independent filmmaker and provides up to $35,000 in finishing funds.

Eligible candidates

Types of funding available

  • Post-production
  • Production

Applications accepted from