Funding Programmes

  • 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.

  • Hessen Film Fund: Production Support

    Cultural Film Fund of the State of Hessen, Hessischer Rundfunk Film Fund

    The Hessen Film Fund (HFF), which consists of the Cultural Film Fund of the State of Hessen (HFF-Land) and the Hessischer Rundfunk Film Fund (HFF-hr), provides grants to support films of all genres, lengths and formats. The Hessen Film Fund provides production support to films, which encompasses screenplay, production preparation, production, postproduction, distribution.

  • Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund: Development Grant

    Hot Docs

    The Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a grant program providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for development, with the goal of helping to increase the quality and quantity of social, cultural and political documentaries produced in the region. Generously established by Toronto-based Blue Ice Film, the Fund is administered by Hot Docs.

  • Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund: Production Grant

    Hot Docs

    The Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a grant program providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for production, with the goal of helping to increase the quality and quantity of social, cultural and political documentaries produced in the region. Generously established by Toronto-based Blue Ice Film, the Fund is administered by Hot Docs.

  • Hot Docs Cross Currents Documentary Fund

    Hot Docs

    The Cross Currents Fund is an international production fund that fosters storytelling from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized. Empowering voices in the documentary space that have previously not been heard, the Fund focuses on emerging filmmakers who have a connection to or shared experience with their subject, as well as sharing stories with audiences within and outside that featured community.

  • Hot Docs Shaw Media Completion Fund

    Hot Docs

    The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund is a grant program that provides financial support for production companies to complete specific projects. The funding is available to producers who have attracted demonstrated market interest in their documentaries. The Completion Fund is expected to support on average six to nine projects per year. The fund aims to help Canadian documentaries reach wider audiences in Canada and in the international marketplace and assist Canadian production companies and/or producers at the completion stage where a promising documentary may require a boost in financing to complete and deliver the film to its best advantage.

  • IDFA Bertha Fund Classic: Production and Post-Production

    IDFA, Bertha Foundation

    The IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art. The IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. The IDFA Bertha Fund supports documentaries that make a difference. Therefore, these documentaries should tackle controversial issues in developing countries covering such themes as social injustice, freedom of expression, human rights, poverty, economic justice and education. Besides a financial contribution, the fund offers selected projects other means of support. Together with the project team, the fund will determine which form of assistance and coaching would be most suitable to their project. This support is intended to enhance the script, production, editing or the access to the international market of a project.

  • IDFA Bertha Fund Classic: Project Development

    IDFA, Bertha Foundation

    The IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art. The IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. The IDFA Bertha Fund supports documentaries that make a difference. Therefore, these documentaries should tackle controversial issues in developing countries covering such themes as social injustice, freedom of expression, human rights, poverty, economic justice and education. Besides a financial contribution, the fund offers selected projects other means of support. Together with the project team, the fund will determine which form of assistance and coaching would be most suitable to their project. This support is intended to enhance the script, production, editing or the access to the international market of a project.

  • IDFA Bertha Fund Europe: Distribution of International Co-Production

    IDFA, Bertha Foundation

    The IDFA Bertha Fund Europe stimulates the collaboration between independent European producers and producers from developing countries by supporting the production and distribution of documentaries realized through co-productions. Through two different categories the program offers support to creative documentaries made by filmmakers from Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Latin America and parts of Eastern Europe, that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience. Distribution of international co-production: This category is designed to support innovative distribution plans for documentaries realized through international co-productions that have received prior support of the IDFA Bertha Fund. Distribution plans should seek to reach a broad global audience. Financing is made available for plans that make use of both innovative means of distribution and more traditional distribution forms.