Funding Programmes

  • Ford Foundation Just Films: Content Grant

    Ford Foundation

    Ford Foundation is investing $10 million a year over five years in documentary projects that address urgent social issues and help us understand our past, explore our present and build our future. Its goal is to expand the community of emerging and established filmmakers who often lack funding, and help them to realize their visions and reach audiences. Ford Foundation's initiative Just Films focuses on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world. Just Films is granting to independently-produced social justice film and digital projects in the foundation's priority areas. Just Films accepts letters of inquiry for content grants year-round. Due to the limited nature of funds, JustFilms is able to support only a small percentage of projects through direct grants. Just Films also makes several partnership grants. Content grants are judged on the basis of: - artistic excellence; - contemporary relevance; - potential for strategic impact; - alignment with Ford Foundation priorities ; - potential to transform stereotypes, beliefs and value systems; - creativity and innovation in form; - focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations.

  • Fork Films

    Fork Films

    Fork Films awards grants to full-length non-fiction films that foster a culture of understanding and work towards a more peaceful and just society, while utilizing powerful and artistic storytelling methods. Specifically iit seeks films that promote peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice, with a particular emphasis on projects that bring women's voices to the forefront.

  • Frameline Completion Fund


    The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. This program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated or experimental projects about LGBTQ people and their communities.

  • Fritt Ord

    Fritt Ord

    Fritt Ord offers production support for television documentaries. It also manages funds for projects within the areas of media and democracy, information and public debate, and art and culture.

  • Funding Guide for Arab Producers


    This guide contains information on international film funds and production (or post production) awards for documentaries. The national, regional and local funds in Europe or the USA which are not designed for co-productions with Arab countries are not listed. The same is true for Arab national funds that are not open for applications from non-nationals. In addition to the classical film-funds, there are more and more training projects that provide micro-budgets and plenty of other methods and ways to develop, defend and promote a project. Co-production markets, for example, that can help you expose the project, force you to clearly structure your pitch, defend the film and support you in networking and getting the feeling of the market. In few cases, the co-production markets give one or two awards. Even though it is unlikely to find co-production partners or win this one award, the effects mentioned above are of big value for the production. However, only funds are listed in this guide. Please note that fund’s regulations can change at any time and double check all information given here with the funds’ websites. Before applying, it is helpful to contact the fund; you might get important additional information. Sometimes websites are not up-to-date. Maybe the fund recommends you to apply at a later stage to higher your chances to get awarded. All regulations in this guide refer to feature length documentary film projects (not TV), unless stated differently.

  • German-Polish Co-Development Fund

    Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), Polish Film Institute

    The German-Polish Co-Development Fund is a cooperative effort by two regional German film funds: the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), together with the Polish Film Institute. The objective of the fund is to increase cooperation between producers from Poland and from these two German regions.

  • German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund

    Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Istanbul International Film Festival

    In order to encourage the cooperation of producers in Turkey and those in the regions of Berlin-Brandenburg and Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), the Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the Istanbul International Film Festival - Meetings on the Bridge (mandated by the Turkish Ministry of Culture) have agreed to support the development of film and transmedia projects that have the potential to develop into high quality films that will attract audiences in both countries and in Europe.

  • Global Film Initiative

    Global Film Initiative

    The Global Film Initiative's Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants per year to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. Funds received from grants are used to support completion of film production and to subsidize post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees, and access to advanced editing systems.

  • Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

    Tribeca Film Institute

    The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world while challenging the status quo not just in the way it pertains to subject matter but also in form. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach.

  • Hartley Film Foundation

    Hartley Film Foundation

    Hartley Film Foundation awards grants for compelling character-driven documentaries that illuminate the impact of religions on today's global issues. The Foundation provides support through seed grants and fiscal sponsorship. The Foundation does not provide production, finishing or outreach grants. Hartley also provides filmmakers with fiscal sponsorship services. Included in those services is the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with outreach and communication strategists who harness the power of film to spark social change. These strategists provide expert advice to film directors and producers in regard to potential partnerships and outreach campaigns. To apply for a grant, send a proposal via post in one package that includes the following: - Project narrative - Project style - Target audience and distribution strategy - Advisory board, if applicable - Bios of key crew - Budget - Fundraising strategy - Sample of past work (must be a documentary) or a link to past work Hartley works on a rolling submission basis, so there are no deadlines.