1. Canwest-Hot Docs Funds
Hot Docs and Canwest have partnered in the creation of the Canwest-Hot Docs Documentary Funds. These Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund. Canwest’s $4-million infusion into the Canadian documentary production community via the Funds will provide much-needed financial support to filmmakers facing financing gaps at critical stages in their projects. Hot Docs will manage and disperse the Funds’ benefit monies over the next seven-year period.
2. Eurimages – film fund under Council of Europe
Eurimages is the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works. Set up in 1988 as a Partial Agreement it currently has 33 Member States.
Eurimages aims to promote the European film industry by encouraging the production and distribution of films and fostering co-operation between professionals.
3. Funds under Corporation for Public Broadcasting
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a private, non-profit corporation that was created by Congress in 1967. CPB’s mission is to facilitate the development of and ensure universal access to, non-commercial high-quality programming and telecommunications services. It does this in conjunction with non-commercial educational telecommunications licensees across America.
4. Hubert Bals Fund
The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films and feature-length creative documentaries by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to completion. The HBF provides grants that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realise their projects.
5. International Documentary Association – US film fund
International Documentary Association works to promote nonfiction film and video, support the efforts of documentary film and video makers around the world and increase public appreciation for the documentary form
6. International Media Development Fund
ITVS funds distribute and promotes new programs primarily for public television. We work with independent producers to create and present programs that take creative risks, advance issues and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television. ITVS is committed to programming that addresses the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences. We look for programs that bring new audiences to public television and that expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere.
7. Jan Vrijman Fund
IDFA’s Jan Vrijman Fund supports filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into truly global film art. Since 1998, the Fund has supported 247 documentary projects and 57 documentary festivals and workshops.
8. Jerome Foundation
The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), makes grants that support emerging artists in the creation, development and production of new works.
The European Audiovisual Observatory’s public funding database aims to provide companies with increased opportunities to generate diversified and innovative European audiovisual content. Our service is designed to help you identify the most appropriate funding programmes for your organisation and your projects.
The two main target groups for the database are:
– creative and production professionals
– fund-administrators and policy-makers
10. Latino Public Broadcasting Fund
Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. By acting as minority consortium, LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community throughout the United States.
11. MEDIA – the programme of support for the European audiovisual sector
MEDIA is the programme of support for the European audiovisual industry, following on from the MEDIA Plus and MEDIA Training programmes. MEDIA is conceived as a single programme combining the two existing parts (development, distribution and promotion/training). It had a budget of almost 755 million and covered the period 2007-13.
12. National Black Programming Consortium
For thirty years NBPC has been an effective advocate for media makers telling stories about the African American and African Diaspora experience. Since 1991, NBPC has awarded over $7 million to independent filmmakers whose work has provided several hundreds of hours of programming on the PBS system. NBPC funded titles include Linda Goode Bryant’s award-winning Flag Wars, Rodney Evans’ Brother to Brother, Spike Lee’s A Huey P. Newton Story, and Stanley Nelson’s The Murder of Emmett Till, These programs and many more have appeared as PBS specials or on signature public television series such as Independent Lens and POV.
To broaden opportunities for stories about the African American & African Diaspora experience to appear on US domestic television and to engage and educate diverse audiences via the internet, NBPC now has several different program initiatives (AfroPop, blackpublicmedia.org) that offer a variety of opportunities for producers and other content media makers to fund, receive training and exhibit their programs across multiple platforms.
13. National Endowment for the Humanities
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
14. Sundance Documentary Fund
The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program provides year-round support to nonfiction contemporary-issue filmmakers internationally. The program encourages the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling and promotes the exhibition of documentary films to a broader audience. It supports independent artists both domestically and internationally through the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Documentary Composers Laboratory and Edit and Story Laboratory, panels at the Filmmakers Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Independent Producers Conference, and a variety of collaborative international documentary initiatives.
15. The Roy W. Dean Film and Writing Grants
From the Heart Productions is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organisation dedicated to funding films that are “unique and contribute to society”. Started in 1992 by Carole Dean. There are the number of grants available
16. Women in Film Foundation – Film Finishing Fund
The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (FFF) annually provides cash and in-kind production services to deserving filmmakers needing help to complete their film projects. The only program of its kind in the industry, the projects submitted have a broad range of subject matter and are judged by a committee of top industry professionals.
17. Austrian Television Fund
The FERNSEHFONDS AUSTRIA (i.e. Austrian Television Fund) was established within the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR) by an amendment to the KommAustria Act (KOG) as of January 1, 2004. RTR administers the fund and receives EUR 7.5 million from the fees collected by § 3 Par. 1 of the Austrian Broadcasting Fees Act (RGG). These funds were previously allocated to the federal budget. RTR is responsible for investing the funds and awarding grants to promote television productions.
Grants can be awarded to cover a maximum of 20 percent of reasonable overall production costs. Grant limits vary by genre, with television series being eligible for grants up to EUR 120,000 per episode, television films up to EUR 700,000 and TV documentaries up to EUR 200,000. The grants are awarded in the form of non-repayable subsidies. Independent producers and production companies with the appropriate professional qualifications are eligible to apply for grants.
18. Vienna Film Fund
The objectives of the Vienna Film Fund are strengthening and consolidating Vienna as a city of film and audiovisual media in international media and also saving the cultural diversity of Europe. Therefore it is essential for the Vienna Film Fund to help subsidise culture, economy and employment in the film industry of Vienna, Austria and all of Europe. It is also an important assignment of the fund to promote the Austrian Film.
The NFPF offers several types of grants to help public and nonprofit institutions preserve and provide public access to American orphan films. The grants are made possible through The Library of Congress Sound Recording and Film Preservation Programs Reauthorization Act of 2008 (PL 110-336), the support of the Library of Congress, and the contributions of public-spirited donors.
Basic Preservation Grants are federal grants that support the creation of preservation and access copies of American orphan films; applicants may request up to $18,000 for laboratory work. The grants are offered twice yearly.
The larger Matching Grants enable experienced institutions to undertake complex preservation, reconstruction, or restoration projects; through this federally supported program, applicants may request up to $50,000 in cash and must contribute one-fifth of the total laboratory costs from other sources. Matching Grants are offered once a year.
Summer Grants distribute cash in addition to preservation services donated by laboratories and post-production houses. Like the Basic Preservation Grants, the Summer Grants support the creation of preservation masters and public service copies of American orphan films. The 2009 guidelines will be announced in Spring 2009.
Avant-Garde Masters Grants, funded through the generous support of The Film Foundation, are designed to preserve motion pictures significant to the development of the avant-garde in America. Avant-Garde Masters Grants are offered once a year.
20. Washington FilmWorks (clickable headline)
The organisation provides funding assistance of up to 30% of total in-state Qualified Expenditures (including labour and talent who are Washington state residents) to commercial, television and feature film productions selected to be funded by WFW. To qualify for funding assistance, the production company must meet the following in-state spending thresholds:
The budget depends on many components. Without the script, you won’t be able to accurately budget.