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Comprehensive List of the Most Important Film Funding Organisations

If you decide to make a film, you face many problems. First, you struggle to catch and hold on to the idea that flickers in your head. Then you try to gather the best cast, crew and equipment for your project. But in most cases the biggest potential problem is money. How to collect the sufficient funds? How to gain sponsors to invest in my film? These questions bother almost every filmmaker.

I have gathered for your institutions and funding organisations from all over the world. Searching through it you will more than likely find the best one for your purpose and the one that may help transform your project into a film.

The list is alphabetical. The links are not clickable at this moment; you need copy and paste the links into your browser.

911 Media Arts Center
Offers access to media-making tools for artists at a low cost
J. Muste Institute
339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 533-4335, Fax: (212) 228 6193
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1972
Phone:  (310) 247-3059, Fax: (310) 859-9351
Richard Miller Phone:  (310) 247-3000
Send legal-size SASE after January 1 to receive entry form for $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 awards in dramatic, experimental, documentary, animation
Agape Foundation Fund for Nonviolent Social Change
1095 Market St., Suite 304, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 701-8707, Fax: (415) 701-8706
Western states only, funds films/videos that promote the use of nonviolence, they support films/videos that are unable to secure funding from traditional sources.
Akonadi Foundation
488 Ninth Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Website: .html
They support a variety of programmatic approaches including research, policy work, advocacy, litigation, organising, media, arts, diversity training, education and other tools in their anti-racism work.
American Antiquarian Society (AAS)
Contact: Artists and Writers Fellowships American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609-1634
Phone: (508) 471-2131 or (508) 471-2139, Fax: (508) 754-9069
Calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, filmmakers, journalists and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history.
American Film Institute
P.O. Box 27999
2021 N. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (213) 856-7691, Fax: (213) 476-4578
Call, write or check the website for application instructions. Three-week training program for mid-career women in media arts to learn about narrative directing and to apply for production grant positions.
American Public Television (APT)
120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 338-4455
Acquires complete programs and develops/produces original programming concepts. Undertakes the distribution of programming that is tailored to specific interests or demographics.
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Attention: Office of the President
701 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202
Fosters public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.

Apulia Film Fund
Fondazione Apulia Film Commission
Cineporto, Padiglione 180
Fiera del Levante
Lungomare Starita, 1
70132 Bari
Phone: (39) 080 975 29 00; Fax: (39) 080 914 74 64
Email address:
A Fund dedicated to the most convincing productions and interesting projects in long/short movies and documentaries. The Apulia Film Commission Film Fund is allocated both in the capital and interest account and covered by a self-disciplined code of conduct, one of the first in Europe.
AFC disposes of a 700,000,00 € Film Fund in 2009. This works as a grant for those Movie Productions who are going to shoot in Puglia. Three times a year, you can submit your movie project looking for a grant.
Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
Dr Jonathan T. Howe, Executive Director
111 Riverside Ave., Ste. 130, Jacksonville, FL 32202-4921
Phone (904) 359-0670
Provides partial support for major educational series assured of airing nationally by PBS. The Foundations prefer proposals for “capstone” grants which secure completion of production funding.
Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 824-3890, Fax: (415) 824-0526
They have equipment access available at subsidised rates to artists, community organisations, and people on limited incomes.
Astraea Foundation
116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 529-8021, Fax: (212) 982-3321
This supports cultural/media film/video on issues involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 40-1043, Brooklyn, NY 11240-1043
Offers up to $1,000 per grant, open to women whose projects speak for peace and social justice.
Bavarian Film and Television Fund
FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH
Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Medien in Bayern
Sonnenstrasse 21, 80331 Muenchen
Phone: (49)89-544602-0; Fax: (49) 89-544602-21

Film Commission Bayern
Sonnenstrasse 21, 80331 Muenchen
Phone: (49) 89-544 60 2 1; Fax: (49) 89-544 60 2 23
Website:  or
In 2008 the Bavarian Film and Television Fund (FFF) made available a total of approx. 27 Million € for screenplay, production, distribution and sales, as well as theatre funding. Financial support can be requested at each stage of the production process starting with script funding to packaging, production of theatrical and TV-movies as well as the exhibition of same. At least 150% of the production support must be spent in Bavaria, and feature films can be supported with up to 1,6 million Euro as long as the producer or co-producer is based in Germany. Foreign producers can only access FFF funding by submitting an application through a local partner. In cooperation with the FFF, the Bavarian Bank Fund (BBF) is an additional tool in the process of financing projects which promote economic success.
Bay Area Video Coalition
227 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, Ca 94110
Phone: (415) 861-4328, Fax: (415) 861-4316
San Francisco Bay Area only, except the Phelan Award which is available to artists born in California, regardless of current residence.

Bogliasco Foundation

Website: http://www/

Accepting applications for fellowships during the academic year and their deadlines usually are January 15 for residencies during the fall-winter semester beginning in September and April 15 for the winter-spring semester beginning in February. They grant semester-long fellowships for scholars or artists to work at the Liguria Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy, near Genoa. The Fellowship is designed for advanced creative work or scholarly research in archaeology, architecture, classics, dance, film or video, history, landscape architecture, literature, music, philosophy, theatre, or visual arts.
Boston Film/Video Foundation
1126 Boylston St., #201, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 536-1540
Various funding for New England film/video makers.

California Arts Council
1300 I Street, Suite 930, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 322-6555, Fax: (916) 322-6575
Offers grants & programs for film  & media makers

California Documentary Project
Los Angeles office: (213) 623-5993
San Francisco office: (415) 391-1474
San Diego office: (619) 232-4020
It is designed to encourage documentarians of the new millennium to create enduring images and text of contemporary California.

Hot Docs
110 Spadina Ave. Suite 333
Toronto, ON, M5V 2K4 Canada
Phone: (416) 203-2155, Fax: (416) 203-0446
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.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Private, the non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is non-partisan and committed to achieving practical results.
Carole Fielding Student Production & Research Grants
Competitive awards presented annually to students whose research and production projects meet rigorous standards of academic scholarship. Up to $4,000 is available for film, video, or multimedia production and up to $1,000 is available for research projects in historical, critical, theoretical or experimental studies of film or video.
Catchlight Films
Invests ineligible films through all unfinished stages of postproduction: editing, music scoring or clearance, post-supervision, deliverables, negative cut, lab fees, etc.
Center for Alternative Media and Culture
P.O. Box 0832, Radio City Station, New York, NY 10101
Phone: (212) 977-2096
Supports independent media projects in post-production that address the economy, class issues, poverty, women, war and peace, race, and labour.
Center for Independent Documentary
1608 Beacon St., Waban, MA 01268
Phone: (508) 528-7279
Multiple Grant Programs. Also provides services on a sliding scale and may select one or two projects a year to receive services for free. Seeking proposals on an ongoing basis from independent producers for the production of documentaries on contemporary issues.
Change, Inc.
P.O. Box 54, Tapiva, FL 33924
Phone: (212) 473-3742, Fax: (212) 995-8022
Emergency grants for artists in all disciplines needing help with rent, medical expenses, utility bills, fire damage, etc. grants up to $1,000.
Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation
Provides scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students in television and film production and postproduction. Grants for outstanding MFA projects at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California
Chiapas Media Project (CMP)
A bi-national partnership that provides video equipment, computers and training, enabling marginalised indigenous communities in Southern Mexico the opportunity to create their media.
Chicago Resource Center
104 S.Michigan Ave., Ste. 1220, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 759-8700
Awards grants to nonprofits that serve the gay/lesbian community.
Chicago Underground Film Fund
3109 North Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 327-FILM, Fax: (773) 327-3464
Promotes works that push the boundaries defies commercial expectations and transcends the mainstream of independent filmmaking
Columbia Foundation
One Lombard Street, Suite 305, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 986-5179
The foundation gives priority to Bay Area filmmakers; to films or videos that will be used by Columbia Foundation – funded public-interest organizations to further their work in human rights and sustainable communities and economies; and to projects for which a grant of $5,000 or $25,000 makes a difference in getting the project started or completed.
Compton Foundation
There are no cut-off dates for discretionary grants; they focus most of their grant-making in the areas of Peace & World Order, Population, and the Environment. Most of the Foundation’s grants for Culture & the Arts are discretionary grants ranging in size from $200 to $10,000.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting
901 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20004-2037
Phone: (202) 879-9734, Fax: (202) 783-1019
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.
Accepting proposals for the Public Television Future Fund and are open to any project that addresses large-scale opportunities to increase non-federal revenues, create new operating efficiencies and improve the quality of service that stations provide to their communities.
Creative Capital
65 Bleeker St. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 598-9900, Fax: (212) 598-4934
Provides grants to individual artists for specific projects, with an emphasis on experimental work. Disciplines rotate, meaning that media grants are given every other year.
Croatian Film Funding
Currently, we provide public funding for the production, promotion and sales of Croatian film abroad, festivals, schemes and programmes aimed at widening audience choice, supporting film education, culture and archives, as well as skills and training initiatives.
Check the website for the contact information.
Czech State Fund
Support and Development of Czech Cinematography.
Check the website for the contact information.
Dance Film Association, Inc.
48 West 21st Street, #907, New York, NY 10010
Phone/Fax: (212) 727-0764
Postproduction grant up to $2,000 for films about dance.
Delaware Humanities Forum
100 West 10th St., Ste. 1009, Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 657-0650, Fax: (302) 657-0655
Supports humanities programs for the public sponsored by non-profit organizations. Projects should foster an understanding of the humanities disciplines or apply the humanities to topics of public concern.

Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund
Stimuleringsfonds Nederlandse Culturele Mediaproducties
Herengracht 609
1017 CE Amsterdam
Phone: (20) 6233901; Fax: (20) 625 74 56
The Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund aims to provide grants to encourage the development and production of cultural radio and television programmes. The programmes concerned are specifically cultural programmes, largely of Dutch origin with a high degree of artistic merit and to be broadcast by one of the national or regional public broadcasting companies, an educational broadcaster or a religious denomination with national broadcast time. The Fund provides grants for the production of programmes, initiatives to develop them and to improve the quality of cultural programming in general.

Empowerment Project
8218 Farrington Mill Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Phone: (919) 928-0382
Provides facilities, training and consultation for independent filmmakers, producers, artists, activists and organizations working in video and other electronic media: as well as produces and distributes its documentary films. Academy Award-winning directors Barbara Trent and David Kasper are available for presentations and screenings.

Eurimages – film fund under Council of Europe
Council of Europe
Agora Building
Allée des Droits de l’Homme
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Phone: (33) 388 41 26 40 (switchboard), (33) 388 41 27 60
Email: (General information), (submit an application for co-production), (submit an application for distribution), (submit an application for cinemas)
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.
Experimental Television Center
109 Lower Fairfield Road, Newark Valley, NY 13811
Phone: (607) 687-4341
Finishing funds (up to $1,500) awarded to individual artists and has presentation funds (up to $1,000) to organizations. Media Arts Technical Assistance Funds (up to $2,000) to organizations.
Film Arts Foundation
145 Ninth St. # 101, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 552-8760
Wonderful organisation with great support for filmmakers and offers comprehensive training, equipment, information, consultations and exhibition opportunities to independent filmmakers.
Film I Vast
Film I Väst is a regional production centre and a public regional film fund. Film I Väst invest in the film- and TV-drama productions in Region Västra Götaland (West Sweden). Film I Väst is one of the most successful regional film funds in Europe. Around 200 feature films have been co-produced since 1997. Check the website for the contact information.
Film/Video Arts
462 Broadway, Suite #520, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 941-8787, Fax: (212) 219-8924
Offers multiple programs and grants; offers programs that encourage interaction between producers of narrative features, documentaries, nontraditional work, shorts, industrials, cable programs, music videos or student projects, by offering them affordable services essential to the creation of their work and the development of their careers.
Filmmakers Foundation
5858 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 205, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (213) 937-5505, Fax: (213) 937-7772
They offer low- or no-cost, high-level programs to give industry professionals the skills and experience to move their careers forward quickly, yet with the confidence that they are building on a solid foundation of knowledge and experience.
Filmpool Nord
Filmpool Nord Ltd. co-produces and finances feature films, short films, documentaries and TV productions. We can provide studio facilities in Lulea. We also arrange courses and training to meet the needs of the film industry. We have educational programmes for young filmmakers. Filmpool Nord Ltd. has been an active host for different film events like Sources, EAVE etc.
Check the website for the contact information.
Ford Foundation
Director, Media Arts and Culture
320 E. 43rd St., New York, NY 10017
Supports public broadcasting and the independent production of film, video and radio programming, and supports efforts to engage diverse groups in work related to the media and to analyse the media’s effect on society.
Foundation for Hellenic Culture
7 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019-3402
Phone: (212) 308-6908, Fax: (212) 308-0919
The Foundation sponsors art and visual art exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, lectures, theatrical productions, readings, and educational programs.
Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP)
1761 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 835-3650, Fax: (202) 835-3651
Email: President: Editor/Analyst:
Committed to “informing Americans on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and assisting in a peaceful solution that brings security for both peoples.” The grantmaking program provides support for period and individuals working toward a solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, visibility through media arts.
Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking
P.O. Box 489
New York, NY 10011
330 Seventh Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 629-0500; Fax: (212) 629-0508

Parent organisation: National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Phone: (212) 629-0500, Fax: (212) 629-0508
Established by Steven Spielberg, this fund is designed to support the creation of original documentary films and videos that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, culture, identity, and contemporary issues among diverse public audiences.
Fund for Women Artists
The Fund for Women Artists is a nonprofit arts service organisation dedicated to increasing the diversity and employment of women in the arts.
Glaser Foundation
P.O. Box 91123, Seattle, WA 98111
Focuses on three program areas: progress definition and measurement; animal advocacy; and socially conscious media. In each of these areas, the Foundation develops and pursues its initiatives and also provides funding support to other nonprofit organizations.
Harburg Foundation
225 Lafayette Street, Room 813, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 343-9453
Advances and promotes new works of American political art, especially those efforts which speak to cultural and societal issues and include television, videos, shows, concerts, radio programs, and all artistic media.
Contact Director Carol Parkinson for more information: (212) 431-1130
Deadlines vary. New Works Residencies deadlines November. Offers a Digital Media Arts Center to cultivate artistic talent using electronic technologies. Also offers various programs, production studios, grant opportunities, education, communal lab practice and distribution.
Haymarket People’s Fund
42 Seaverns Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
Phone: (617) 522-7676, Fax: (617) 522-9580
Support for New England film/video makers for films with the strong connection to community organising work.]
HBO America Undercover
Send proposal or tape to Greg Rhem, HBO
1100 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 512-1670, Fax: (212) 512-8051
Provides production funds for American indie docs; Cinemax Reel Life acquires completed docs or other finishing funds for partially completed projects.
Hermes Foundation
13600 Shaker Blvd. #802, Cleveland, OH 44120
Phone: 216-751-1100
They are especially interested in gay/lesbian issues. Grants up to $1,000.
Hollywood Film Foundation
433 N. Camden Dr., Ste. 600, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Experimental, digital moviemaking, postproduction, and partial budget grants for up to 50% of the budget. Projects must have a first or second-time feature director and producer and must be budgeted under $5 million: 75% of the production must take place in the State of California.
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. Check the website for contact details.

IFP/Chicago Production Fund
Phone: (312) 435-1825, Fax: (312) 435-1828
Win an in-kind donation of production equipment and services, valued at up to $85,000 for your next short film. Applicants must be IFP/Chicago members, and the film must be shot in the Midwest region.

IFP/Los Angeles Project
Mentoring and training program that provides young people with exposure, experience, and connections in the film industry. The program supports filmmakers from traditionally under-represented communities through mentorships, workshops, and screenings.

Illinois Humanities Council Media Grants

203 N. Wabash Ave., Ste. 2020, Chicago, IL 60601-247
Phone: (312) 422-5580
Funding for development (up to $4,000) or production (up to $10,000). Projects must relate centrally and unambiguously to the humanities, have clear potential for reaching a large public audience and be made by producers whose work demonstrates imagination and technical skill.

Independent Television Service (ITVS)

51 Federal St., 1st Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 356-8383, Fax: (415) 356-8391
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. Various programs and support for video and filmmakers.

International Documentary Association – US film fund
1201 West 5th Street, Suite M270
Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA
Phone: (213) 534-3600; Fax: (213) 534-361
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

Israeli Film Fund

The Israel Film Fund was established in 1979 as a non-profit Foundation supported by public funding. Recognizing the need to support the production and enhance the quality of Israeli Feature Films, the Fund’s aim is to enable the best stories and scripts to be realised and create the opportunities for the Israeli Filmmakers, to bring their vision and creativity to the screen.

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 a truly global film art. Since 1998, the Fund has supported many documentary projects and documentary festivals and workshops.

Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund

P.O. Box 7380, Portland, ME 04112
Phone: (207) 761-2440
The annual submission deadline is May 15. Offers a fellowship and various support, including educational opportunities for filmmakers who are in the early stages of career development. Preference is given but not restricted to those residing in Maine.

Jerome Foundation

125 Park Square Ct., 400 Sibley St., St. Paul, MN 55101-1928
Phone: (651) 224-9431, Fax: (651) 224-3439
Grant program for individual media artists living and working in New York City serving primarily film and video artists.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Letters of inquiry only (2-3 pages).
Requests for proposals by invitation.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
140 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 726-8000
Key executives: Partial support for selected documentary series and independent films intended for national and international broadcast; community outreach related to media; community-based media centres; and public radio. Projects are selected from those that focus on issues that fall within one of the Foundation’s two major programs: Human and Community Development or Global Security and Sustainability.

John M. Olin Foundation

330 Madison Avenue, 22nd floor, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 661-2670, Fax: (212) 661-5917
Provides support for projects that “reflect or are intended to strengthen the economic, political and cultural institutions upon which the American heritage of constitutional government and private enterprise is based.” Provides grants in the areas of American institutions, law and legal system, public policy research, and strategic and international studies through the support of various programs including on occasion, television and radio programs.

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

90 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 687-4470, Fax: (212) 697-3248
Application deadline is October 1 for U.S. and Canadian citizens fellowship, December 1 for Latin American and Carribean citizens fellowship. Fellowship competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Carribean. Film and video makers are eligible to apply. The average grant is $28,000.

Kentucky Foundation for Women, Inc.
1215 Heyburn Bldg., 332 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 562-0045, Fax: (502) 561-0420
Grants to Kentucky feminist film/video artists.
The KORDA database is managed by the
European Audiovisual Observatory
76 allée de la Robertsau
67000 STRASBOURG, France
Phone: (33) 388 14 44 00; Fax: (33) 388 14 44 19
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

Scott Dwyer
2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110-1426
Phone: (415) 553-2147
They are interested in presenting challenging independent dramas and documentaries to the Bay Area, looking for works that are truly independent, unique and fulfil a personal vision and they encourage Independent Producers to approach the station with their projects in development.
Latino Public Broadcasting Fund
Marlene Dermer, Executive Director
6777 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 500, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 466-7110
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.
LEF Foundation
Funds are given for projects, programs, and services that encourage “a positive interchange between the arts and the natural urban environment”, and may involve visual, media, performing and literary art.
Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund
P.O. Box 470, Westwood, MA 02090
Phone: (781) 329-2473
Contact: Lucius R. Eastman, Pres.
5926 Fiddletown Pl., San Jose, CA 95120
Phone: (408) 268-2083
Supports film/video on social issues.
Luxembourg Film Fund
Maison de Cassal
5, rue Large, L-1917 Luxembourg
Phone: (352) 2478 20 65; Fax: (352) 22 09 63
The Fund manages the various programs through which the Luxembourg government provides financial incentives to audiovisual productions carried out in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. The National Audiovisual Production Support provides discretionary loans to local producers to finance development and scriptwriting, distribution and production, repayable from the finished work’s receipt.
Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund for Independent Video
P.O. Box 3514 Church St. Station, New York, NY 10007
Awards grants for criticism and production.
Maryland Humanities Council
Executive Plaza One, Ste. 503, 11350 McCormick Rd.
HuntValley, MD 21031-1002
Phone: (410) 771-0650, Fax: (410) 771-0655
Any nonprofit organisation may apply for a grant. The council does not fund individuals or for-profit organisations. The project must be a public program, the disciplines of the humanities must be central to the project, humanities scholars must be involved in the project, and funding must support projects that would not normally occur without council support.
Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
66 Bridge St., Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 584-8440, Fax: (413) 584-8454
Email: with a summary of your proposed project.
Media proposals are accepted only at the November and May deadlines. Makes grants to support radio programs, films, and videos that explore humanities themes. Deadline: October 1. Makes major grants each year to support radio programs, films and videos that explore humanities themes. Media grants are available in three categories: pre-production, production and distribution in the amount over $5,000 and up to $15,000.
MEDIA – the programme of support for the European audiovisual sector
MEDIA 2007 is the programme of support for the European audiovisual sector, following on from the MEDIA Plus and MEDIA Training programmes. MEDIA 2007 is conceived as a single programme combining the two existing parts (development, distribution and promotion/training). It has a budget of almost 755 million and covers the period 2007-13.
Check the website for contact information.
Media Alliance
c/o WNET
356 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 560-2919
Assist NYC artists and nonprofit organisations in using state-of-the-art equipment and post-production facilities at reduced rates.
Media Rights
104 W. 14th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10011
Phone: (646) 230-6288, Fax: (646) 230-6328
A community website that helps media maker, educators, nonprofits, and activists use documentaries to encourage action and inspire dialogue on contemporary social issues.
Minnesota Humanities Commission
Humanities Education Center
987 East Ivy Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55106
Phone: (651) 774-0105, Fax: (651) 774-0205
Grant applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants who submit proposals early in the year enhance their likelihood of funding. Provides Media Grants to support humanities projects in radio, film, video and multimedia.
Fox Studios Australia
Building 19, 38 Driver Avenue
Moore Park, Sydney NSW 2021
Phone: (61) 29383-4580; Fax: (61) 293834581
Moneypenny, established in 1980, is a group of companies providing specialist financial services to the global entertainment industry. Our clients include film & television production companies, producers, US studios, banks/financiers, private equity firms, government agencies, talent agents, actors, directors, crew, musicians and live event tour promoters. We have offices in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom with strategic relationships in the USA and Canada.
Moving Image Fund
P.O. Box 382866, Cambridge, MA 02238-2866
Phone: (617) 492-5333
Support for New England filmmakers.

National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC)
A nonprofit association composed of diverse member organisations who are dedicated to encouraging film, video, audio and online/multimedia arts, and to promoting the cultural contributions of individual media artists.

National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA)
145 9th St., Suite 350, San Francisco, CA 94103
Seeks engaging and provocative project proposals from independent media producers. Encourages works that address contemporary issues, reflecting the growth and change in our communities.

National Black Programming Consortium

4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 622-6443, Fax: (412) 622-1331
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, that offer a variety of opportunities for producers and other content media makers to fund, receive training and exhibit their programs across multiple platforms.
Nonprofit national media arts organisation dedicated to the funding, promotion, presentation and distribution of quality. Black film and video projects. Through their annual Request For Proposals (RFP), NBPC seeks contemporary films about the Black experience for the National PBS Schedule

National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20506-0001
Phone: (202) 682-5742
NEA is an independent grant-making agency of the US. The government, dedicated to enriching American cultural life by promoting knowledge of human history, thought and culture. Priorities include subjects of national significance, projects geared to diversified audiences, collaboration with other cultural organisations, and the use of multiple formats or interactive media technology, implementation and production.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20506
Phone: 1-800-NEH-1121, Fax: (202) 606-8400, TDD: (202) 606-8282
Offers grants for independent filmmakers and digital media producers whose work addresses significant subjects in the humanities; reaches broad public audiences; grows out of sound scholarship; and uses imaginative, engaging formats.

National Foundation for Jewish Culture

Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking
330 Seventh Avene, 21st floor, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 629-0500, Fax: (212) 629-0508
The Fund is designed to support the creation of original documentary films and videos that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, culture, identity, and contemporary issues among diverse public audiences. Grant size: $20,000 – $30,000.

National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230
Phone: (703) 292-5090
Supports media projects designed to deepen the appreciation of science and technology and the understanding of the impact science and technology has on today’s society. Projects develop materials and programs that reach large audiences and have the potential for significant regional or national impact.

National Video Resources
73 Spring Street, Suite 403, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 274-8080, Fax: (212) 274-8081
This fund is to assist in increasing the public’s awareness of and access to independently produced media & film and video as well as motion media delivered through new digital technologies. Commissions and publishes research on issues of concern to independent media makers, distributors, educators, activists and individuals.

Native American Public Telecommunications

1800 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE 68583
They support program ideas that bring new perspectives on Native American cultures to public television audiences, increasing the quality and quantity of Native American television programming on a national and international scale.

New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program

Oppenheimer Camera
666 S. Plummer St., Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: (206) 467-8666, Fax: (206) 467-9165
Oppenheimer supports new filmmakers in producing their first serious film project. The grant awards the use of their Grant Program Arriflex 16SR camera package to senior and graduate thesis students and independent filmmakers for a scheduled period of time. Proposed projects may be of any non-commercial nature: dramatic, narrative, documentary, experimental, etc.

Next Wave Films

Phone: (310) 392-1720
Company of the Independent Film Channel provides finishing funds and serves as a producer’s rep helping filmmakers implement festival and press strategies and secure distribution and has expanded its focus to include documentaries.


295 Greenwich St., Ste. 348, New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 465-3125, Fax: (212) 658-9627
Deadline: September 15. This New York City-based production company is offering postproduction grants to first- and second-time filmmakers. The projected budget cannot exceed $250,000, and principal photography must have been completed after January 1. Production must be completed, and the project must be in postproduction.


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. Necessary 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 more significant 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.

Nordic Film & TV fund

Established in 1990, the Fund’s primary purpose is to promote film and TV productions of high quality in the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), by providing support for top-up financing of feature films, TV-fiction / series and creative documentaries.
Check the website for contact information.

Nordmedia Fonds GmbH

Check the website for more details.

Open Meadows Foundation
P.O. Box 150-607, Van Brunt Station, Brooklyn, NY 11215-0150
Phone: (718) 768-4015
Projects that have limited financial access which reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our society and promote the empowerment of women and girls; and projects for social change that have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Grants: up to $2,000.
Pacific Islanders in Communication
1221 Kapi’olani Blvd., #6A-4, Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 591-0059, Fax: (808) 591-1114
National nonprofit media organisation established primarily to increase national public broadcast programming by and about indigenous Pacific Islanders. Sponsors Open Door Completion Fund and Media Fund.

Pacific Pioneer Fund
P.O. Box 20504, Stanford, CA 94309
Phone: (650) 497-1133
CA, WA, OR documentary filmmakers. Grant size: $1,000 – $10,000 

Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program

6219 DeSoto Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367-2602
Submit proposals three months before you intend to shoot. Donates 16mm ADD and 35mm camera packages to short, nonprofit film projects, including graduate student thesis films, of any genre. 

Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media AKA Funding Exchange

Ms Trinh Duong, Program
Officer Funding Exchange
666 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, NY 10120
Phone: (212) 529-5300, Fax: (212) 982-9272
Preproduction funds & distribution funds for projects by organisations & independent artists. Topics of interest: AIDS and other health issues, racial & gender justice, reproductive rights, homelessness, welfare reform, women, gays, lesbians, disabled persons. Artists from communities of colour and people with little recourse to other funding are encouraged to apply.
PEW Charitable Trusts
2005 Market Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077
Phone: (215) 575-9050, Fax: (215) 575-493
Support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion and makes strategic investments that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change.
Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize
1246 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 626-5416
Bay Area only and gives up to four $12,500 awards for artists’ projects on urban and social environmentalism.
Princess Grace Foundation
150 East 58th Street, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10155
Phone: (212) 317-1470, Fax: (212) 317-1473
They are dedicated to identifying and assisting young talent in theatre, dance and film through grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships.
Puffin Foundation
20 East Oakdene Avenue, Teaneck, NJ 07666-4198
Phone: (201) 836-8923, Fax: (201) 836-1734
Grants to encourage emerging artists whose works, due to their genre and social philosophy, might have difficulty being aired. Grants: up to $2,500.
Regional Arts Organizations
Works with the Arts Endowment an funds mandated by the Congress as well as funds from state governments and other sources.
Regional Audiovisual Fund the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia
Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission

Via Milano, 25, 34132 Trieste, Italia
Phone: (39) 040-3720142; Fax: (39) 040-3720142
With the Regional Audiovisual Fund, the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia will be able to finance an audiovisual project using direct funds. Productions filming in Friuli Venezia Giulia will be entitled to apply for a grant in cash up to 140.000 Euro, depending on the production’s period of stay in the regional territory. Of course, as regularly is with all institutions of so-called “expense acceleration”, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Fund settles some grantee liabilities.

Resist, Inc.
259 Elm Street, Sommerville, MA 02144
Phone: (617) 623-5110
Distribution costs of film and video linked to social justice organising.
Retirement Research Foundation
Operates a general grants program, two award programs (ENCORE and the Congregation Connection Program) open to Chicago-area nonprofits only, and the National Media Owl Awards, a national film and video competition.
Robert Flaherty Film Seminar
Various educational and grant opportunities to artists in film and video.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
RWJF’s mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. The Foundation has goals and interest areas related both to health and health care. We rarely make grants for publications or media projects, except those that grow out of one of our grant programs.
Roy W. Dean Grants
From The Heart Productions
1455 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, CA 93035-2845
Phone: (805) 984-0098
LA Film and LA Video Grants; NYC Film Grant; Editing Grant; Writer/Researcher Grant that takes you to New Zealand to write. Multiple grant programs for docs, shorts and low-budget digital indie films. We are looking for film and video projects that are unique and contribute to society. New projects, works-in-progress, length is not a consideration. We want strong character-driven stories, and $500,000 is the top budget we allow for the grant.

Schott Foundation
678 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 301, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 876-7700, Fax: (617) 876-7702
Focuses on the development of universal and accessible high-quality early care and education, excellent public schools in underserved communities, gender-healthy public schools. The Foundation is always interested in learning about the programs and projects like-minded organisations are doing, and it also funds research and media campaigns for public awareness.
Scottish Screen
Isabella Edgar
Information Manager
Phone: 011-141 302 1730, Fax: 011-141 302 1778
Scottish Screen develops, encourages and promotes every aspect of film, television and new media in Scotland. Working with the Scottish Executive, our mission is to establish Scotland as a major screen production centre and project our culture to the world.

Sister Fund
116 East 16th St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 260-4446, Fax: (212) 260-4633
Support for programming that fosters women’s and girl’s economic, social, political, and spiritual lives with a primary emphasis on national advocacy and media strategies to heighten public consciousness around issues affecting women and girls.
Slovenian Film Fund
The Slovenian Film Fund:
– ensures undisturbed planning and facilitates film production co-funded by the national budget;
– monitors the work and public expenditure of producers participating in the national film programme;
– collects proposals for the co-funding of film programmes and projects using public tenders and by legislation and regulations which define procedures for the approval of public tenders;
– signs contracts on the co-funding of programmes and projects with approved producers;
– facilitates the presentation and marketing of Slovenian film at home and abroad;
– promotes the development of scriptwriting;
– plans and implements cooperation with foreign non-governmental film associations;
– promotes the development of film post-production as a cultural activity;
– follows conditions in the cinema network and, if necessary, adopts and carries out measures with the purpose of ensuring coordinated development of the network;
– encourages the production and distribution of art films, and carries out other tasks connected with film in Slovenia.
Check the website for contact information.

Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP)

1519 West Main, Houston, TX 77006
Phone: (713) 522-8592, Fax: (713) 522-0953
Promotes film, video and new media through education, information and presentation activities. Provides a nonprofit umbrella for established media artists seeking grants and contributions to develop and produce film and video.

Standby Program

P.O. Box 184, New York, NY 10012-0004
Phone: (212) 219-0951, Fax: (212) 219-0563
Provides artists access to quality video postproduction services at reduced rates. It is a nonprofit media arts organisation dedicated to providing artists and independent makers access to broadcast quality video post-production services at extremely discounted rates.

State and Jurisdictional Arts Agencies
They work with the Arts Endowment utilising funds mandated by the Congress as well as funds from the state governments and other sources.

The Man With the Spying Glass.

State Humanities Councils

A total of 56 humanities councils located in US states and territories support local humanities programs and events.

Sundance Documentary Fund
8857 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
No deadlines and supports international documentary films and videos focused on current and significant issues and movements in contemporary human rights, freedom of expression, social justice, and civil liberties. Development funds up to $15,000 and production/postproduction to $50,000, though most will be around $25,000.

Te Mangai Paho Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency Aoteroa

Te Māngai Pāho
Level 8, Eagle Technology House
135 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011
Aotearoa – New Zealand

Postal Address:
Te Māngai Pāho
PO Box 10 004, Wellington 6143
Aotearoa – New Zealand
Phone: (64) 4915 0700; Fax: (64) 4915 0701
Email: (general enquiries)
Funding for Maori radio stations and Maori language television programmes, radio programmes and music CDs.

Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund

Phone: (512) 322-5192
The Texas Filmmakers Production Fund is an annual grant awarded to emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas with grants for $5,000.

Thanks, Be to Grandmother Winifred Foundation

P.O. Box 1449, Wainscott, NY 11975
Phone: (516) 725-0323
Two deadlines annually (postmarked): March 21 and September 21. Provides funding for women over 54 years of age to create and manifest into reality, ideas concepts that will improve the lives of women in one or more aspects.

The Durfee Foundation

1453 Third St., Ste. 312, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 899-5120, Fax: (310) 899-5121
Deadline: November 5, yearly and provides ARC (Artists’ Resource for Completion) grants which provide rapid, short-term assistance to individual artists in Los Angeles County who wish to complete work for a specific, imminent opportunity that may significantly benefit their careers.

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) supports audiovisual production in, as well as international co-productions with Flanders. The Fund was set up by the Flanders government in 2002 and is headquartered in Brussels.
Check the website for the contact information.

The Hessen Film Fund

The Hessen Film Fund (HFF) – the Cultural Film Fund of the State of Hessen (HFF-Land) and the Hessischer Rundfunk Film Fund (HFF-hr) – provides grants to support all the stages involved in film production and distribution all the way from the screenwriter to the silver screen.
It also awards training scholarships, supports film festivals in Hessen and co-finances film series and innovative cinema projects.
Check the website for contact information.

The Irish Film Board

Queensgate, 23 Dock Road, Galway, Ireland
Phone: (353) 91561398; Fax: (353) 91561405
All about funding films programmes in Ireland.

The New Foundation for Cinema and Television

The New Israeli Foundation For Cinema&TV
5 Yaknem Tel Aviv Israel 67443
Phone: (972) 35220909; Fax: (972) 35230909
New Fund for Cinema and Television encourages and promotes the documentary film, experimental short drama in Israel.

Third World Newsreel

545 Eighth Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 947-9277, Fax: (212) 594-6417
They are committed to the creation and appreciation of independent and social issue media by and about people of colour, and the people of developing countries around the world.

Unitarian Universalists Funding Program/Fund for a Just Society

P.O. Box 40, Boston, MA 02117
Phone: (617) 247-6600, Fax: (617) 247-1015
Funds film/video only if it is and integral part of a strategy of collective action for social change. Grants to $10,000; most in the $5,000 to $7,000 range.

Vienna Film Fund

Stiftgasse 6, A – 1070 Vienna
Phone: (43) 1526 5088; Fax: (43) 1526 5088 – 20
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 subsidize 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.

Visual Studies Workshop Media Center

Phone: (716) 442-8676
Accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for its media access program for artists, independent producers, and nonprofits working on non-commercial projects; awards reduced rates for production and postproduction equipment.

Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation

Thomas C.Layton, President
470 Columbus Ave., #209, San Francisco, CA 94133-3930
Phone: (415) 391-0911
Their applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and they are interested in programs and projects offering the potential for significant impact. The primary focus is on the San Francisco Bay Area (counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo) and Hawaii. To qualify for support, an organization must be a tax-exempt public charity, as determined by Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3).


The organization offers funding assistance of up to 30% of total in-state Qualified Expenditures (including labor and talent who are Washington state residents) to commercial, television and feature film productions selected to be funded by WFW. In order to qualify for funding assistance, the production company must meet the following in-state spending thresholds:

A nonprofit organisation dedicated to the independent filmmaker using the Internet and new media technologies to finance, create, produce, distribute and market the independent film.

Women in Film and Television

8857 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 201, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: (310) 657-5144, Fax: (310) 657-5154

Offer various programs.

Women in Film Foundation
Various programs includng completion funding and in-kind contributions to independent producers and nonprofit organisations for the documentary, dramatic, educational, animated and experimental film and videos.

Women in Film Foundation – Film Finishing Fund

6100 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 710
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (323) 935-2211; Fax: (323) 935-2212
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.

Women in the Director’s Chair

941 W. Lawrence #500, Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 907-0610, Fax: (773) 907-0381
Various programs

Women Make Movies
462 Broadway Suite 500, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 925-0606, Fax: (212) 925-2052
Major distributor of film and videos by women, they offer fiscal sponsorship programs. They give proposal writing workshops, networking opportunities with other women media makers, and discounts at labs and equipment facilities.


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