Funding Programmes

  • Manuel Rivera Ortiz Foundation Film Grants

    Manuel Rivera Ortiz Foundation

    Manuel Rivera Ortiz Foundation for documentary photography & film awards grant to single completed (short) documentarry film projects.

  • Miller / Packan Film Fund

    Rogovy Foundation

    The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that "educate, embrace and inspire." The Fund believes in the transformational power that comes from enlightening narratives and inspiring characters.

  • Movies that Matter Support Programme

    Movies that Matter

    To promote the screenings of human rights cinema worldwide, Movies that Matter Support Programme offers modest small grants to human rights film events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, especially in countries with limited resources and freedom of press. These events can take various forms, such as human rights film festivals, LGBT festivals, mobile cinema projects, school screenings, grassroots distribution and film outreach projects.

  • New York Times Op-Docs

    The New York Times

    Op-Docs is The New York Times editorial department's award-winning section for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with wide creative latitude and a range of artistic styles, covering current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects. Op-Doc videos are produced by both renowned and emerging filmmakers who express their views in the first person, through their subjects, or more subtly through an artistic approach to a topic. Each Op-Doc is accompanied by a director's statement. Since Op-Docs started in 2011, several series have been introduced: Scenes (for very short work — snippets of street life, brief observations and interviews, clips from experimental works), Verbatim (which transforms legal transcripts into dramatic performances), Animated Life (which explores pivotal moments of scientific discovery) as well as Interactive and Multimedia special.

  • Nordisk Film and TV Fond: Digital Distribution Support

    Nordisk Film and TV Fond

    The Fond's primary purpose is to promote film and TV productions of high quality in the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), by providing support to creative documentaries. The aim of the strategic digital distribution support is to improve the circulation of Nordic Films within the Nordic Region by reaching audiences through different platforms. The films supported should run on digital platforms (VoD, mobile phones etc) that serve either as an addition to, or as an alternative to the traditional cinema release and broadcast television in a Nordic country other than the films land of origin. Candidates must have rights to the Nordic films for which they are applying and a detailed release plan on digital platforms. The budget for the digital distribution support is NOK 2 million. The support is not subject to reimbursement.

  • Nordisk Film and TV Fond: Nordic Film Marketing Support

    Nordisk Film and TV Fond

    Nordic film marketing support is designed to help distributors hire and develop marketing specialists whose task would be to work exclusively on the theatrical and/or VOD release of 1 to 3 Nordic films for up to a one year period, with focus on social media and younger audiences. The support is intended to complement the Fond’s existing single project support and high five slate support.

  • Nordisk Film and TV Fond: Recruited Audience Screening (RAS)

    Nordisk Film and TV Fond

    Nordisk Film & TV Fond provides funding support to Recruited Audience Screenings of Nordic films. Support may be applied for by Nordic distributors in the country where the non-national Nordic film is considered being released theatrically. The purpose is to allow Nordic distributors to assess market potential of non-national Nordic films they are considering licensing with a "mini" Recruited Audience Screening (with funds dedicated to screening costs and if necessary local subtitling).

  • Pare Lorentz Fund

    International Documentary Association

    The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz's work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, and outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing.

  • Pulse BRITDOC Genesis Fund


    The Pulse BRITDOC Genesis Fund is an international film fund supporting the inception of long form feature documentaries driven by imaginative and innovative storytelling.

  • Robert Bosch Stiftung: Co-Production Prize

    Robert Bosch Stiftung

    The Foundation's main goal when promoting films is international understanding. The Foundation is currently focused on German–Arab film projects. With the Film Prize for International Cooperation Germany/Arab World, the Foundation supports German–Arab film teams in documentary film. Each year, 15 teams are nominated from a large number of applications and are invited to a nominees forum in Berlin. Here they complete several training courses to prepare them for the realities of film production. They participate in workshops on topics relating to co-production and become acquainted with key players in the German film scene. Ahead of the forum for nominated teams, team-building and training measures are carried out in the Arab world (such as in Amman, Cairo, and Dubai), to which German participants are also invited. As part of Berlinale, each year the jury convenes to select and recommend up to three film teams from all those nominated to give financial support to. In addition to striving to achieve high production values, the focus of the program is also to encourage cooperation as part of an international team.