Development aids & scholarships

Winter grants 2019

  • Documentary fund of Sundance.

The subsidy that looks for ingenious films on relevant subjects and with which one can obtain from 20,000 to 50,000 dollars, according to the type of application (development, production, postproduction, etc.).

The Sundance Documentary Fund awards grant to filmmakers from around the world for projects that show:

  • An ingenious cinematographic language.
  • Effective narration.
  • Originality and visibility.
  • Contemporary cultural relevance.
  • Connection with the target audience.
  • Artistic quality.

Deadline: December 16

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  • ITVS Open Call.

They look for exceptional narratives that show risky stories that address important issues and that do not usually appear in the public media. It has the objective of distributing it on public television.

The winner of the best feature film will get 150,000 to 350,000 dollars.

Deadline: Open on January 8.

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  • Media Projects production grants.

Considered the great governmental support of documentaries that address the humanistic theme.

The application process is not easy, because it requires an experienced team, a profit organization or fiscal sponsor, two humanities advisors and an extensive application (around 40 pages), but the reward is worth it: subsidies of one to three years of up to $ 650,000.

This program supports documentary film, television, radio and podcast projects that involve public audiences with ideas of humanities in creative and attractive ways. All projects must demonstrate an approach that is reflective, balanced and analytical.

Deadline: January 9.

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  • Documentary Fund Gucci Tribeca (TFI).

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund supports between 4 to 10 documentaries of feature films.

The documentaries have to talk about important issues of social importance in the world. The financed films will be driven by a careful and profound narration, reinforced by a compelling visual approach. Winners can earn 10,000 to 25,000 dollars.

This year, two or five additional grants for extraordinary women will be awarded.

Registration opens in February 2019.

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  • Documentary Fund Derek Freese.

This grant was launched to honor the memory of filmmaker Derek Freese, is a funding, fund that is awarded every two years to an independent filmmaker and provides up to $ 35,000.

It provides a production support for full-length documentary films that have a solid narrative and a continent story, in a broad spectrum of themes.

Registration opens in January 2019.

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  • SFFILM – Westridge Script Grant.

They are grants that are awarded to writers who have at least a draft of their full script. These grants range from $ 20,000 to $ 25,000.

Deadline: Opens on February 6, closes on February 20, 2019.

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