Funding Programmes

  • Pulse BRITDOC Genesis Fund

    BRITDOC

    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.

  • 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.

  • Roy W. Dean Film Grants

    From the Heart Productions

    The Roy W. Dean Grant funds short films, documentaries, and independent features, and web series that are budgeted under $500,000. They must be films that are unique and make a contribution to society. Grants are given to compelling stories that expose, and bring important information to light; as well as films about little known people.

  • 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.