Funding Programmes

  • Rockefeller Foundation Grants

    Rockefeller Foundation

    Through grantmaking, the Rockefeller Foundation works to spread the benefits of globalization to more people in more places around the world.

  • Roy W. Dean Film Grants

    From the Heart Productions

    The Roy W. Dean Grant funds short films, documentaries, and independent features that are budgeted under $500,000. They must be films that are unique and make a contribution to society. They fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films, and films that touch hearts. Of special interest are films that expose, and bring, important information to light; as well as films about little known people when there is a good story.

  • SANAD Development Grant

    Abu Dhabi Film Fund

    SANAD is the Fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). SANAD provides talented filmmakers from the Arab world with meaningful support from within the region towards the development of their documentary feature-length films. SANAD seeks out bold and remarkable projects from both new and established filmmakers with the aim of encouraging intercultural dialogue and artistic innovation while building stronger networks within the region's film industry. SANAD also offers year-round support and publicity for selected projects to help connect filmmakers to potential partners, funding opportunities and audiences. There are two open calls for applications each year.

  • SANAD Post-Production Grant

    Abu Dhabi Film Fund

    SANAD is the Fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). SANAD provides talented filmmakers from the Arab world with meaningful support from within the region towards completion of their documentary feature-length films. SANAD seeks out bold and remarkable projects from both new and established filmmakers with the aim of encouraging intercultural dialogue and artistic innovation while building stronger networks within the region's film industry. SANAD also offers year-round support and publicity for selected projects to help connect filmmakers to potential partners, funding opportunities and audiences. In order to offer year-round support and to aid in promoting the projects that receive grants, ADFF retains non-exclusive non-commercial rights within the UAE to all films it supports. There are two open calls for applications each year.

  • Screen Institute Beirut Production Grant

    Screen Institute Beirut

    The Film Fund offers documentary production grants to emerging and proven talents in the region. Applicants are encouraged to produce films based on stories that relate to their own realities. Priority will be given to creative teams (directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound recordists and designers etc.) working together on realizing their artistic visions and thereby contribute to strengthen independent filmmaking in the region. The documentary grants enable low-budget films to be produced, finalized and distributed by offering crucial financial support, access to professional equipment, mentoring and professional advice.

  • SFFS Documentary Film Fund

    San Francisco Film Society

    The SFFS Documentary Film Fund supports riveting documentaries in post-production distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. Since its launch in 2011, the Fund has distributed more than $450,000 to advance new work by filmmakers nationwide.

  • Shaw Media Hot Docs Development Fund

    Hot Docs

    The Shaw Media Hot Docs Development Fund is a loan program designed to help producers get specific projects developed, researched, written and/or packaged and ready for market. The Development Fund is expected to support on average 10 to 12 projects per year.

  • Sorfond: Norwegian South Film Fund

    Norwegian Film Institute (NFI), Films from the South Foundation (FFS)

    The Norwegian Film Institute and the Films from the South Foundation have recognized that it is difficult for filmmakers in developing countries to realize film projects that are locally based, despite the great demand for such productions. Filmmakers in developing countries have the need for both production capital and international professional networks. It is in that spirit that Sorfond was created. The grant shall contribute to strengthen film as a cultural expression, to promote diversity and artistic integrity on the international film scene, and to strengthen freedom of expression. The grant shall also contribute to an increased cooperation between Norwegian and international film industries. The purpose of the grant is to stimulate the production of films in developing countries where such production is limited by political or economic causes. The grant is given to fiction or documentaries with minimum running time of 50 minutes, produced for screening in cinemas, on television, or on other audiovisual media platforms.

  • Sundance Documentary Fund: Audience Engagement

    Sundance Institute

    The Sundance Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display: artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with its intended audience. Preference is given to projects that convey clear story structure, higher stakes and contemporary relevance, forward going action or questions, demonstrated access to subjects, and quality use of film craft. Audience Engagement grants provide previously granted projects funding for strategic audience and community engagement campaigns.

  • Sundance Documentary Fund: Development

    Sundance Institute

    The Sundance Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display: artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with its intended audience. Preference is given to projects that convey clear story structure, higher stakes and contemporary relevance, forward going action or questions, demonstrated access to subjects, and quality use of film craft. Development: There is no reel required with an application, but clips, teasers, trailers, or images are highly encouraged. A previous work sample is required.