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Journalism - Film & Documentaries: Funding for Documentary filmmakers

Documentaries and filmmaking. Research on film. Funding for filmmakers, copyright information, interviewing and oral histories

Places to find funding for your Documentary

CAAM Documentary Fund -  With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), CAAM provides production funding to independent producers for national public television.

Catapult Film Fund - provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes.

Cinereach - These resources are meant to assist filmmakers at any stage of the funding, production, or distribution process. 

Film Independent - helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects and works to diversify the film industry. 

Docs In Progress gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world.

Documentary Grants 2018 -  Making a film is a business and you need to follow a process to make a profit for yourself and your film investors.  This step-by-step guide shows you how and where to find film funding, grow your audience and get your film to production. 

International Documentary Association - provides grants with deadlines and grants without deadlines.

MacArthur FoundationMacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming. - See more at:

PBS Documentary Funding sources

Sundance Institute - Documentary Fund and Awards division is a core element of the DFP, granting between $1 and $2 million per year to support U.S. and international contemporary independent documentary films. 

WomenArts -  is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. We provide a variety of free online networking, fundraising and advocacy services, and we organize Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an annual international holiday celebrating women’s creativity in all its forms.  Lists many places for funding.


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