Funding Programmes

  • 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.

  • Sundance Documentary Fund: Production and Post-Production

    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. Production/post-production grants provide funds to projects offering 10+ minutes of edited material for the project being proposed. The reel should convey the narrative and aesthetic approach for the final film. A previous sample work must also be included with the application.

  • Telefilm Canada Theatrical Documentary Program

    Telefilm Canada

    The Theatrical Documentary Program, which stems from a renewed partnership between Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds, provides funding for projects during their production and post-production stages. This public-private collaboration allows for the co-funding of feature-length documentaries that can connect with audiences, at movie theatres as well as on related platforms.

  • The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture: Documentary Program

    The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture

    The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) was established in 2007 by local cultural lobbyists as an independent initiative that funds individuals and organizations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts while facilitating cultural exchange, research and cooperation across the Arab world and globally. The AFAC Documentary Program (ADP), a special program of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, is organized with the support of Ford Foundation's JustFilms program.

  • The Guardian Documentary

    The Guardian

    A weekly slot for new short international documentary stories, produced by independent filmmakers.

  • Tribeca Film Institute: Documentary Fund

    Tribeca Film Institute

    The TFI Documentary Fund furthers the development of exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. This fund allows TFI to fund many audience-grabbing genres that fall under the documentary umbrella. With this fund, TFI looks for films that specifically sit outside of the social-issue landscape by painting a dynamic portrait of compelling individuals and uplifting stories. By playfully engaging in these unexplored perspectives, TFI seeks to spotlight the journey of the individual.

  • Tribeca Film Institute: Latin America Fund

    Tribeca Film Institute

    The TFI Latin America Fund supports innovative film artists living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America whose works reflect their diverse cultures in the documentary or mixed media form. Funded films are story-driven and in the advanced stages of development, production or post-production with no existing US or Latin American distribution in place. Whether through unconventional forms or more traditional means, selected media artists are encouraged to invent, explore and redefine visions and stories that reflect their diverse cultures. The Fund recognizes and supports projects that take stylistic risks and are unconventional in form and content, but that above all else position the story as the driving force of the film. In short, the TFI Latin America Fund looks for films that bravely push the boundaries of artistic storytelling and show a new and exhilarating side to the Latino identity. Please refer to our list of previous grantees to help a better idea of the types of films we fund. Through the Fund, TFI supports Latin American and Caribbean media artists and filmmakers who are working independently of larger producers in an effort to reach a more expansive audience. The artists supported by this program range from the filmmaker who presently aids in the development of the field by exploring innovative storytelling strategies, to the filmmaker who works with a medium or represents a community that is traditionally underrepresented in the mainstream. An extension of the Fund, the TFI/Bloomberg Fellowship is awarded to Colombian, Brazilian, Chilean and Mexican documentary filmmakers (living in their respective countries) in order to aid in the development of their projects at any stage.

  • Tribeca Film Institute: New Media Fund

    Tribeca Film Institute

    The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects which go beyond traditional screens – integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. The Fund is looking for projects that activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality around the world and demonstrate the power of cross-platform storytelling and dynamic audience engagement.