Funding Programmes

  • IDFA Bertha Fund Europe: 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. International co-production: This category is for documentary projects that have a director from a developing country and are realized through international co-productions, in which at least one European and one non-European producer is involved. Projects can be in any stage of production. The application has to be submitted by the European co-producer and should involve a creative element, like a key crewmember or postproduction service, from Europe.

  • Impact Partners

    Impact Partners

    Impact Partners look to finance powerful documentaries that address contemporary social issues. They welcome unsolicited submissions.

  • Influence Film Foundation

    Influence Film Foundation

    Influence Film Foundation provides grant funding to late-stage documentary film projects. Because it is increasingly difficult to find the resources needed to make great documentaries, the Foundation actively participates in unlocking new funding options. Each grantee will receive guidance in developing partnerships and entering the marketplace with the most effective positioning. The Foundation provides completion funding to character driven feature-length documentaries that address issues of social importance from around the world. The Foundation looks for select partners to support up and coming new talent and the production of feature length documentaries intended for theatrical release.

  • Irish Film Board: Direct Distribution Funding

    Irish Film Board

    Funding for Irish producers to help defray the costs of a limited theatrical release in Ireland (including Northern Ireland) for feature films already in receipt of BSÉ/IFB production funding, that have been unable to secure suitable theatrical distribution by a bona fide Irish distribution company. The producer is expected to take full responsibility for the preparation of the film for the theatrical release in the Irish market, and for its physical distribution. Meaningful consultation with the BSÉ/IFB is required through all stages of the release.

  • Irish Film Board: Distribution Support

    Irish Film Board

    Funding for bona fide Irish distributors to help defray the costs of theatrical release in Ireland (including Northern Ireland) of feature films already in receipt of BSÉ/IFB production funding, and to stimulate more effective publicity and promotion in support of their release. Distributors are expected to take full responsibility for the preparation of a film for release in the Irish market and for its physical distribution.

  • Irish Film Board: Documentary Development Loans

    Irish Film Board

    The Irish Film Board offers development loans for producers to commission a treatment, produce footage/promos, bring together talent and undertake all of the practical work necessary to prepare a documentary feature film for production. These loans enable the development of documentary films, with the emphasis on feature-length, creative documentaries capable of reaching an international audience through theatrical and festival exposure. Development funding is provided by BSÉ/IFB for the making of films predominantly in English or Irish, or a combination of the two. Note that preference will be given to "feature documentaries" from creative teams who are engaged with making films for this medium Films aimed at a one-hour TV slot or shorter, with little or no international appeal, are unlikely to be supported. Besides BSÉ/IFB's commitment to cinema, this approach is also designed to respond to the manifest increase in theatrical audiences desire to see documentaries.

  • Irish Film Board: Production Funding

    Irish Film Board

    This funding is for documentary films originated and creatively led by Irish talents - directors, producers and writers - the practical management of which will be primarily in Irish hands. The emphasis is on feature-length, creative documentaries with high cinematic production values which are capable of reaching an international audience through theatrical and festival exposure. Funding under this programme is generally (but not invariably) provided by BSÉ/IFB for the making of projects predominantly in English or Irish, or a combination of the two. Please note that documentaries aimed at a one-hour TV slot or shorter, with little or no international appeal, are unlikely to be supported. Besides BSÉ/IFB's commitment to cinema, this approach is also designed to respond to the manifest increase in theatrical audiences' desire to see documentaries. BSÉ/IFB is keen to encourage documentary filmmaking that expresses a view of the world - past, present and future - that is both strongly personal and creatively Irish. Further, BSÉ/IFB is determined to find and foster Irish talents capable of presenting non-fiction material in a way that transcends cultures and languages and utilises the aesthetic and emotional techniques of cinema to communicate its meaning. Please note the following BSÉ/IFB conditions: - E&O insurance is required on all BSÉ/IFB supported feature length projects; - all music and archive utilized in a project must be cleared worldwide, in perpetuity, across all platforms (failure to comply with this will result in a serious breach of contract); - where broadcaster support is involved, BSÉ/IFB will require a minimum twelve month theatrical window from the delivery date of the project.

  • ITVS Digital Open Call

    ITVS

    The Digital Open Call provides funding to develop and pilot digital series concepts on any subject, and from any viewpoint, for public media’s digital platforms. Projects must be in development, and cannot have begun principal production. There is one funding round per year. Applicants may apply for only one project per call. The entire proposal review process takes up to three months. Digital Open Call funding is not a grant; applicants receive funding in the form of a development agreement that assigns ITVS certain important rights over the project during the term of the contract.

  • ITVS Diversity Development Fund (DDF)

    ITVS

    The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) provides research and development funding. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities. There is one funding round per year. Applicants may apply for only one project per call. The entire proposal review process takes up to three months. Around five percent of applicants will receive funding. DDF is not a grant; applicants receive funding in the form of a development agreement that assigns ITVS certain important rights over the project during the term of the contract.

  • ITVS Open Call

    ITVS

    Open Call provides completion funds for single non-fiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. There are two funding rounds per year, and the deadlines are typically in February and August. Applicants may apply with only one project per call. Only one to three percent of Open Call applicants will receive funding. Open Call is not a grant; ITVS provides a co-production investment in the program.