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Big Sky Documentary Festival

14th February 2020 - 23rd February 2020
Montana, USA


5th March 2020 - 8th March 2020
Columbia, Missouri

Cancelled - SXSW

13th March 2020 - 22nd March 2020
Austin, Texas, USA

Postponed - Cinema du Reel

13th March 2020 - 22nd March 2020
Paris, France

Postponed - Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

14th March 2020 - 23rd March 2020
Thessaloniki, Greece

Postponed - ZagrebDox

15th March 2020 - 22nd March 2020
Zagreb, Croatia

Postponed - CPH:DOX

18th March 2020 - 29th March 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark

Postponed - Movies That Matter

20th March 2020 - 28th March 2020
The Hague, the Netherlands

It’s All True

26th March 2020 - 5th April 2020
São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Postponed - Essay Film Festival

26th March 2020 - 4th April 2020
London, UK

Cancelled - Full Frame Documentary Festival

2nd April 2020 - 5th April 2020
Durham, North Carolina

Postponed - Frames of Representation

17th April 2020 - 25th April 2020
ICA, London, UK

Now Online - Visions du Reel

24th April 2020 - 2nd May 2020

Postponed - Hot Docs Film Festival

30th April 2020 - 10th May 2020
Montreal, Canada

Postponed - Documenta Madrid

4th May 2020 - 11th May 2020
Madrid, Spain

Cancelled - DOK.fest München

Wednesday 6 May, 2020
Munich, Germany

Postponed: DOXA

7th May 2020 - 17th May 2020
Vancouver, Canada

Cancelled - Docs Barcelona

13th May 2020 - 24th May 2020
Barcelona, Spain

Postponed - Sheffield Doc/Fest

4th June 2020 - 9th June 2020
Sheffield, UK

Encounters - South Africa Documentary Film Festival

4th June 2020 - 14th June 2020
Johannesberg, Cape Town, South Africa

AFI Docs

17th June 2020 - 21st June 2020
Washington, USA

Postponed - Edinburgh International Film Festival

17th June 2020 - 28th July 2020
Edinburgh, Scotland

Sunny Side of the Doc

22nd June 2020 - 25th June 2020
La Rochelle, France

SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival

3rd July 2020 - 10th July 2020
Sicily, Italy

FID Marseilles

7th July 2020 - 13th July 2020
Marseilles, France

Now Online - Dokufest

7th August 2020 - 17th August 2020
Prizren, Kosovo

Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

3rd September 2020 - 12th September 2020
Tel Aviv, Israel

New Dates - Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival

4th September 2020 - 13th September 2020
Warsaw, Gdynia, Wrocław, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Poland

Open City Docs Fest

9th September 2020 - 15th September 2020
London, UK

New Dates - DOCVILLE

9th September 2020 - 1st October 2020
Leuven, Belgium

Camden International Film Festival

1st October 2020 - 4th October 2020
Camden, Maine, USA

BFI London Film Festival

7th October 2020 - 18th October 2020
London, UK

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

9th October 2020 - 17th October 2020
Hot Springs, Arizona, USA


22nd October 2020 - 1st November 2020
Lisbon, Portugal, Spain

DOK Leipzig

26th October 2020 - 1st November 2020
Leipzig, Germany

Jihlava IDFF

27th October 2020 - 1st November 2020
Jihlava, Czech Republic

Document Human Rights Film Festival

29th October 2020 - 1st November 2020
Glasgow, Scotland

SPEKTRUM Film Festival

2nd November 2020 - 8th November 2020

Atlanta Docufest

5th November 2020 - 8th November 2020
Atlanta, Georgia, USA


11th November 2020 - 19th November 2020
New York, USA

Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

12th November 2020 - 22nd November 2020
Montreal, Quebec

Kasseler Dok Fest

17th November 2020 - 22nd November 2020
Kassel, Germany


18th November 2020 - 29th December 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sundance Film Festival

21st January 2021 - 31st January 2021
Park City, Utah, USA

International Film Festival Rotterdam

27th January 2021 - 7th February 2021
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Tempo Documentary Festival

8th March 2021 - 14th March 2021
Stockholm, Sweden

RAI Film Festival

25th March 2021 - 28th March 2021
Bristol, UK

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs)

26th March 2021 - 31st March 2021
Palm Springs, USA

Global Short Docs Forum

CLOSED: Thursday 29 November, 2018
London, UK


CLOSED: Saturday 12 January, 2019
Vancouver, Canada

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines. 

Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival

CLOSED: Tuesday 22 January, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel

Accepts short and feature films.
Submission fee applies.

Documenta Madrid

CLOSED: Monday 11 February, 2019
Madrid, Spain

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

CLOSED: Thursday 14 February, 2019
Edinburgh, Scotland

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.



CLOSED: Wednesday 20 February, 2019
Prizren, Kosovo

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Docs Barcelona: Project Pitch

CLOSED: Thursday 28 February, 2019
Barcelona, Spain

Pitching forum for feature projects. Submission fee applies for different type of pitching sessions.

Encounters - South Africa Documentary Film Festival

CLOSED: Friday 8 March, 2019
Johannesberg, Cape Town, South Africa

Feature film only. No submission fee.

Sunny Side of the Doc - Pitching Forum

CLOSED: Friday 19 April, 2019
La Rochelle, France

SiciliAmbiente Documentary Film Festival

CLOSED: Friday 10 May, 2019
Sicily, Italy

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Open City Docs Fest

CLOSED: Monday 13 May, 2019
London, UK

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee applies to early, regular and late deadlines.

DOK Leipzig

CLOSED: Friday 7 June, 2019
Leipzig, Germany

Accepts documentaries, animated documentaries and interactive works of all lengths. Submission fee applies.

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

CLOSED: Friday 14 June, 2019
Hot Springs, Arizona, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Document Human Rights Film Festival

DEADLINE: Friday 21 June, 2019
Glasgow, Scotland

Accept short and feature documentaries that examine and discuss international Human Rights issues in an innovative and expansive way.
No submission fee.

Camden International Film Festival

CLOSED: Friday 28 June, 2019
Camden, Maine, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee applies for earlybird, regular and late deadlines.

Kasseler Dok Fest

CLOSED: Monday 1 July, 2019
Kassel, Germany

Accepts short and feature films including experimental and artistic films and installation concepts from the years 2017 and 2018. 
Submission fee applies.

IDA Documentary Awards

CLOSED: Monday 8 July, 2019

The IDA Documentary Awards event is dedicated to the documentary genre, celebrating the best nonfiction films and programs of the year.

Sundance Film Festival

DEADLINE: 26th July 2019 - 26th September 2019
Park City, USA

Accepts short and feature film.


Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

OPEN: Friday 26 July, 2019
Thessaloniki, Greece

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies. 

ITVS Open Call Fund

CLOSED: Friday 26 July, 2019

Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.

Jihlava IDFF

CLOSED: Wednesday 31 July, 2019
Jihlava, Czech Republic

Accepts short and feature film and cross-genre TV projects.


TO OPEN: Tuesday 13 August, 2019
Columbia, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

Hot Docs - Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

CLOSED: Wednesday 14 August, 2019

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund (HDBIG) offers grants in Development and Production for feature or broadcast-length documentaries.

Tribeca Film Festival

OPEN: AUGUST 2019 Monday 19 August, 2019
New York, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Docs in Thessaloniki

OPEN: Monday 26 August, 2019
Thessaloniki, Greece

Pitching forum.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

DEADLINE: Friday 30 August, 2019
Montana, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.


LATE DEADLINE: Friday 30 August, 2019
New York, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines. 

BIFA Short Film Entries

CLOSED: Friday 30 August, 2019

BIFA are now accepting entries for the Best British Short Film Award, supported by BFI Network, for the 2019 Awards Ceremony.


EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: Sunday 1 September, 2019
Brussels, Belgium

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Docs for Sale

DEADLINE: Sunday 15 September, 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The world’s premiere market and online service for creative documentary cinema available to TV buyers, sales agents, distributors and festival programmers during the festival.

It’s All True

TO OPEN: Monday 16 September, 2019
São Paulo, Brazil

Accepts short and feature films. No submission fee.

DOK Leipzig Short'n'Sweet

LATE DEADLINE: Monday 23 September, 2019

A short film pitch focusing on the financing and distribution of short documentary and animated films. DOK Short’n’Sweet invites accredited film professionals to pitch their short film project in front of an international panel of buyers and distributors and an engaged audience of producers and peers. 

Hot Docs Film Festival

TO OPEN: Wednesday 25 September, 2019
Toronto, Canada

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

Sheffield Doc/Fest: Alternative Realities Market

TO OPEN: Tuesday 1 October, 2019

The Alternative Realities Marketing is open to all sectors of film and media production, all lengths, and all formats.

Sheffield Doc/Fest: MeetMarket

TO OPEN: Tuesday 1 October, 2019
Sheffield, UK

Unique pitching initiative which matchmake documentary filmmakers with international Decision Makers for one-to-one meetings in a fully supportive environment.

Sheffield Doc/Fest

TO OPEN: Tuesday 1 October, 2019
Sheffield, UK

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

Atlanta Docufest

DEADLINE: Monday 7 October, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs)

DEADLINE: Sunday 13 October, 2019
Palm Springs, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.

International Film Festival Rotterdam

DEADLINE: Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Accepts shorts and feature films.


LATE DEADLINE: Thursday 17 October, 2019
Austin, Texas, USA

Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

Hot Docs: CrossCurrents Doc Fund

EARLY DEADLINE: Friday 15 November, 2019

Supporting interactive, short or feature-length doc projects made by filmmakers from, and telling the stories of, underrepresented and marginalized communities from around the world. 

AFI Docs

CLOSED: Thursday 28 November, 2019
Washington, USA

Accepts short and feature films. Scaled submission fee for early, regular and late deadlines.

Submission dates for 2020 are announced this October.

Movies That Matter

OPEN: Sunday 1 December, 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Films about Human Rights. Accepts short and feature films. Submissions for 2020 to open in May 2019.


CLOSED: To Open in March 2020 Sunday 1 March, 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Accepts short and feature films. Submission fee applies.


OPEN FROM: Tuesday 1 September, 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark

CPH:FORUM is CPH:DOX’s financing and co-production event dedicated to facilitate the development and financing of creative and visually strong film projects with international potential, whether they are features, series or new media projects.

American Documentary Film Fund

Open to independent American filmmakers for the financing for new projects as well as works in progress. An amount up to $50,000 may be awarded or distributed in any given year.

Artangel Everywhere

Over the past two decades, through a number of open calls, Artangel has invited UK-based artists to share ambitious ideas to transform the cultural landscape. The resulting commissions have been ground-breaking works in performance, film, installation, and radio, each situated in an unexpected place in the UK: beneath a mountain in Scotland; on a much-quarried island off the Dorset coast; at the site of a confrontation in Yorkshire between striking miners and mounted police.

BFI / Doc Society Fund

The BFI/Doc Society Fund supports creative and hybrid feature documentaries and short films by diverse creative voices from all over the UK. The fund has three calls a year for feature documentaries, and one for shorts.

BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

The Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) supports the creation of distinctive, high-quality content for audiences up to the age of 18.

Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakerswho 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. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.

Applications are accepted year-round.

Chicken & Egg Pictures

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. We envision a world in which women filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, build sustainable careers, and achieve parity in all areas of the film industry.

For female filmmakers only.


Cinereach is a film foundation and production company that champions vital stories, artfully told. Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. We look for projects (at any stage) that create deep and lasting impressions through story, character, or cinematic approach. We seek to work with both unknown and established filmmakers who may face creative, financial or systemic obstacles to realizing ambitious visions. Our films range widely in content and style and projects eligible for consideration must be feature-length (over 60 minutes), and intended for theatrical exhibition.

Feature-length (over 60 minutes) only. Applications are accepted year-round.

Creative England Production Fund


The Creative England Production Fund supports feature films of all genres, including documentaries, using Lottery funds via BFI.

DFI: Doha Film Institute

Doha Film Institute's film funding initiatives offer creative and financial support to filmmakers based in Qatar and around the world, helping them to unlock their artistry, manage their productions effectively and make high-quality films.

Doc Society Circle Fund

The Doc Society Circle is a brand new film fund to support the very best artistic and journalistic films being made by filmmakers globally. It's a fund which complements existing international grantmakers, state funds and broadcast partners for maximum effectiveness.

This fund is currently by invitation only.


Doc Heads exists to support documentary filmmakers in all ways – through our bi-monthly nights, access to events/festivals, discounts, networking opportunities and funding opportunities. Set up in 2009 by four filmmakers as a way of introducing all our filmmaking friends to each other, it’s expanded to become one of the leading organisations in the documentary world.    Every two months, we screen a selection of the latest and best work in the field, and invite filmmakers to join us in an unpretentious evening of drinks and discussion.

Film London Funding

Film London directly runs several production schemes - supporting local grassroots film-making talent, artists working with the moving image. Award-winning films have been produced through these varied programmes that were all introduced to encourage creativity and develop skills within London-based film-making communities.

Provides various grants for short and feature projects.

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein supports the production and exhibition of films of all genres and any length, national or international, from the development of the script to the film's screening in the cinema or its broadcast on television.

Applications can be submitted for the following areas:

- Script Funding
- Project Development
- Production Support

Filmmakers Without Borders

Filmmakers Without Borders supports independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange. There are three grant cycles throughout each year (Spring/Summer/Fall) and each cycle has its own unique application deadline:

Spring: January 1st
Summer: June 1st
Fall: August 1st

Flex Fund (Doc Society)

A joint initiative by Skoll Foundation, Ford Foundation and Doc Society, Flex Fund supports innovative and creative projects emerging from partnerships between moving image storytellers and social entrepreneurs.

Flex Fund grants are only available to joint Skoll Foundation and Ford Foundation grantees

Fondation AlterCiné

Every year, the Foundation awards a grant of 10,000 Canadian dollars and a few 5,000 Canadian dollars grants to some filmmakers to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young video and filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation.

Applications by post only by 15th August every year.

Fork Films Fund

Fork Films awards grants to full-length non-fiction films that foster a culture of understanding and work towards a more peaceful and just society, while utilizing powerful and artistic storytelling methods. Specifically they seek films that promote peacebuilding, human rights, and social justice, with a particular emphasis on projects that bring women’s voices to the forefront. Awarded grants generally range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Feature-length (over 70 minutes) only.

Good Pitch

Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues - to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society. Over a year, the selected filmmaking teams receive sustained mentorship and professional development. This includes two campaign development workshops, taking place right after project selection and again on the eve of the live event.

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund with support from AOL Charitable Foundation will provide funding to 6-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. More than half of the fund will support projects about women and under-served youth around the globe, and illuminate the ways they are working to improve their communities, their futures, and the world.


Hartley Film Foundation Grant

Hartley Film Foundation awards grants for compelling character-driven documentaries that illuminate the impact of religions on today's global issues.  The Foundation provides support through seed grants and fiscal sponsorship. The Foundation does not provide production, finishing or outreach grants.

Applications are accepted year-round.

Hot Docs - Cross Currents Doc Fund

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund is an international production fund that fosters storytelling from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized. Initiated by the R&M Lang Foundation in 2013, the Fund promotes inclusion in the documentary space celebrating all doc forms and the diverse perspectives of storytellers. In particular, it focuses on emerging filmmakers who have a connection to or shared experience with their subject, as well as sharing stories with audiences within and outside the featured community. The fund has two streams - one for Interactive/Short doc projects and one for feature doc projects.

Provides grants for short and feature projects.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

In June 2016, Hot Docs and the Rogers Foundation founded the $1-million Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund to support Canadian documentary filmmakers. Over the coming 10 years, production grants will be distributed to Canadian documentary filmmakers. Up to $20,000 will be granted to three or four projects each year.

The Fund is open to Canadian filmmakers only with projects in production.

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund helps enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell stories and contribute to a new generation of the African documentary community. The Fund provides development grants of up to 10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD to four to 10 projects annually. Each year, up to five funded projects are also invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program, along with private filmmaker labs at Hot Docs and the Durban FimMart/Durban International Film Festival.

IDFA Bertha Fund

The IDFA Bertha Fund is designed to stimulate and empower the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe by supporting innovative documentary projects by talented filmmakers from these regions.

The Fund provides development, production and distribution grants through two funding schemes. Filmmakers from and living in the mentioned regions can apply for IBF Classic. European co-producers of documentaries from these regions can apply for IBF Europe.

LEF: Moving Image Grants

LEF is a private family foundation that funds creative endeavors in California and the New England region. LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program’s funding criteria. Pre-production, production and post-production funding available.

Feature-length (40 minutes or over) only. Primary creative personnel (director and/or producer) must reside in New England.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film will award a US$5,000 grant to a single completed “Short-Short” documentary film project. Our grant is open to up-and-coming, independent film makers and directors in all countries. Participant must be committed to the field of reportage and documentary film making.

Short documentary projects (10 - 30 minutes) only.


Movies That Matter

To promote the screenings of human rights cinema worldwide, Movies that Matter offers grants to human rights film events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, especially in countries with limited resources and freedom of press. These events can take various forms, such as human rights film festivals, LGBT film festivals, mobile cinema projects, school screenings and grassroots distribution.

Please note that Movies that Matter does not support film production.

One World Media Production Fund

Since its launch in 2001, the One World Media Production Fund has supported 175 emerging journalists and filmmakers to report from 69 developing countries. Our fund provides each recipient with a £1,000 grant, one-to-one mentoring, invaluable workshops on sound, editing and post production led by industry experts and introductions to commissioners.

Pulse Doc Society Genesis Fund

The Pulse Doc Society Genesis Fund is an international film fund supporting the inception of long form feature documentaries driven by imaginative and innovative storytelling.

Rogers Documentary Fund

Fund for Canadian film producers.

San Francisco Film Society Documentary Fund

The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund (DFF) supports riveting documentaries in post-production distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. Since its launch in 2011, the SFFILM Documentary Film Fund has distributed more than $650,000 to advance new work by filmmakers nationwide.

Screen Australia

Various funding opportunites and support for Australian documentaries.

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund

The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Development Fund is a loan program designed to help producers get specific projects developed, researched, written and/or packaged and ready for market. The Fund will provide no-interest loans averaging between $10,000 - $15,000 in the early development stage, when projects are at the highest risk and may have not yet secured a market partner. The Development Fund is expected to support on average 10 to 12 projects per year.

Sundance Documentary Fund

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling. Recent projects include Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence, Laura Poitras' CITIZENFOUR, Nanfu Wang's Hooligan Sparrow, Sabaah Jordan and Damon Davis' Whose Streets?, Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson, Kitty Green's Casting JonBenet, and Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro.

Applications are accepted year-round.

The Documentary Company

The Documentary Company is an Enterprise Investment Scheme fund that will produce and co-finance new relevant topical Feature and TV documentaries with universal resonance, that cross cultural boundaries and exploit worldwide markets. The Documentary Company focuses primarily on documentary films from one or more of the following narrative categories: Human Interest, Politics, Music, and Nature and the Environment.

Applications are accepted year-round.

The Edinburgh Pitch

The Edinburgh Pitch is the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland. It is aimed at independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries and considering international co-productions.

The Fledgling Fund

The Fledgling Fund offers grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable.

Applications are accepted year-round.

The Ford Foundation - Just Films

The Ford Foundation seeks to reduce inequality in all of its forms, and artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects are crucial to this effort. As part of the Creativity and Free Expression program, JustFilms funds social justice storytelling and the 21st-century arts infrastructure that supports it. The projects and people we support inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform the conditions that perpetuate injustice and inequality.

Applications are accepted year-round.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP)

IFP’s Fiscal Sponsorship program focuses exclusively on documentary films and other works of nonfiction, short films and low-budget fiction/narrative features (50 minutes+).

Many individuals, foundations, corporations, or government organizations restrict funding of independent projects to tax-exempt organizations. IFP’s Fiscal Sponsorship programme is a legal and financial mechanism by which IFP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves as a conduit for financial resources, and provides some support and oversight for independently produced film projects.

Applications are accepted year-round.

The Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video Grant Program

The Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video Grant Program is a production grant program for individual film and video artists who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production. Please note it does not support installation, new media, or interactive work, which are subsidized in other Foundation programs. It also does not support commercial, industrial, informational, or educational work. 

Applicants must reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City and Minnesota and must be emerging artists whose work shows promise of excellence. 

The Miller / Packan Film Fund

The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich. The Fund is financed through the Rogovy Foundation. We believe in the transformational power that comes from enlightening narratives and inspiring characters.

Threshold Fund (Doc Society)

The Threshold Foundation looks to support documentaries that address the most important issues facing the world using a plan of action that is powerful, innovative, and unexpected.

Applications are by invitation only and Doc Society will make recommendations to Threshold Foundations Funding Circle who will make all final grant-making decisions.

Tribeca Film Institute Doc Fund

Grants and guidance to support exceptional character-driven, nonfiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. The TFI Documentary Fund supports feature documentaries, from all over the world, that are in advanced stages of development or in production or post-production. Grant amounts range from $25,000 - $50,000. The TFI/ESPN Prize and TFI/A+E Feature Doc Workshop are a grant and initiative, respectively, within the fund.

Visions est sud

The fund supports film productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, aims at making them visible worldwide and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland. In case a project is being supported, all rights for Switzerland are automatically transfered to visions sud est.

Wellcome Trust - Public Engagement Fund

We help develop broadcast and film entertainment that explores the human condition. Our productions ask big questions that are stimulated by biomedical research. We want to reach people who aren't usually interested in traditional science programmes. We support factual and drama projects. The factual programmes and feature documentaries are funded through their Public Engagement Fund. 

Whicker's World Foundation

Funding talent in authored documentary through Alan Whicker's legacy. Our annual Film & TV Funding Award grants £80,000 to an emerging filmmaker with the most promising pitch for an authored documentary. The project must fulfil the core criteria of the foundation and be completed for screening with a year. This award will enable a first-time feature-length director to realise an original and innovative story that they are in the unique position to tell. A second award of £15,000 will be granted to contribute to a film fund for a runner-up in this category.

Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund

The Women In Film Finishing Fund gives grants to filmmakers working in both short and long formats, in all genres — narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. To apply for the Finishing Fund, the filmmaker must have completed 90% of principal photography and have a rough cut at the time of application. You do not have to be a Women In Film member to apply, and we encourage applications from around the world. Please note that student projects are not eligible to receive Finishing Funds for their film.

Provides grants for short and feature projects.

World Cinema Fund

Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German producers, the World Cinema Fund works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The World Cinema Fund supports films that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.

The World Cinema Fund supports exclusively the production and distribution of feature films and feature-length documentaries. The support is focused on the following regions and countries: Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.

Feature-length only.


WorldView is a CBA [Commonwealth Broadcasting Association] Project that aims to improve UK public understanding and awareness of the developing world via the mainstream broadcast and digital media. They have three funds available, The Multimedia Fund, New Genres Fund, and Project Development Fund.

Animated Docs

The home of animated documentary: a meeting place for film-makers, researchers and fans alike.

Doc Alliance Films

A creative partnership with 6 key European festivals brings a large collection of over 700 quality docs available to download and stream.


A collection of the best UK short docs around that have been shown at regular London-based events.

Documentary Guide

They've researched and indexed thousands of films, hundreds of websites, and many databases from around the world.

Documentary Heaven

A vast collection of documentaries spanning across every genre.

Documentary Lovers

Created in late 2011 with the intention to provide people around the globe a place to watch and talk about their favourite documentary films.

Dogwoof TV

Join the Dogwoof TV Club to gain access to a wealth of excellent documentaries, if you're an enthusiast it's well worth it.

Festival Scope

You will be able to watch films, discover new talent, contact rights holders and directors, and view exclusive content: features films & documentaries, shorts, works in progress. 

Films For Action

A catalogue of over 900 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online. A great resource.

Flash Your Shorts

A website dedicated to showcasing new and interesting feature films, short films, documentaries, music videos, web series, and experimental films.


Delve into the archives; Folkstreams aims to build a national preserve of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures.


A MiniMovie is an episodic documentary consisting of a series of 8 to 10 episodes of 3 to 7 minutes each. Put together, the episodes form a self-contained story.


Sign up and you can stay tuned with international festival goings on, plus view lots of docs and shorts for a small fee. 

RSA Animate

An animated series providing an accessible and unique way of illustrating and sharing world-changing ideas.

Short of the Week

A non-exclusive promotion program for filmmakers looking to build an online audience. You can watch a great variety of short docs, and submit your own short film.

Stream Universe

A great website that allows you to watch award-winning films on demand and for free.

Top Documentary Films

A wealth of top documentaries, split into thematic categories.

Vimeo Documentary Channel

A place for Vimeo's documentaries including full documentaries, single chapters, or extended trailers, over 3 minutes in length.


Viborg, Denmark

ANIDOX is a creative platform for the development and production of animated documentary projects, running a laboratory, a professional training course,a residency program and masterclasses. Bringing together international film professionals to attend seminars and hands-on creative workshops. Its main goal is to foster and develop collaborations between animation and documentary creatives, and help them move further with their projects.

Brunel University - Documentary Practice MA

London, UK

This modern and innovative course draws on a dense network of organisations and individuals working in documentary today. The MA provides you with the space to creatively, practically and critically engage with the documentary from a variety of traditions, and is structured to provide you with training and professional expertise in dominant/mainstream documentary production techniques, procedures and alternative traditions.

DocHouse Presents: DOCHISTORY

London, UK

An occasional history series that explores the history of documentary through clips and discussion. In 2004 this four-week course covered the history of documentary, from the Lumière Brothers to the present day. In 2005 we were invited to repeat DocHistory for staff in Factual and Entertainment at the BBC. In 2008 we were once again invited to run an in-house course for BBC on 'Documentary Modern Classics'.


Goldsmiths - MA in Screen Documentary

London, UK

This MA develops your skills and creative vision in the field of screen documentary production, and your understanding of the historical context and contemporary modes of documentary production, against a background of the wider theoretical issues raised in media production.

London College of Communications - MA Documentary Film

London, UK

You will direct and produce your own film in a high definition professional environment on this highly regarded course. You will benefit from the extensive industry experience, including BBC and Channel 4 broadcast, gallery and festival screenings, of your tutors. You will also learn how to pitch and compete for funding and commissions. 

NFTS - Directing Documentary

London, UK

The NFTS has a tradition of enabling documentary filmmakers to find a distinctive voice that both prepares them for the Industry and makes their work a force for changing it. The goal of the course is to give our graduates the tools and the confidence to become successful members of the international documentary community.

NFTS - Producing a Documentary

London, UK

A four day course that looks at the processes involved in producing television documentaries and factual programmes. Participants will discuss how to present their ideas and who to target and will look at the various deals available for financing and how to best negotiate these.

NFTS - Shooting Documentary Interviews

London, UK

A three day practical course designed for self-shooters who wish to develop their understanding of shooting and lighting interviews. Participants will learn how to control, light and shoot interview set-ups in a variety of locations and shooting situations.

Queen Mary University - MA in Documentary Practice

London, UK

The course is practical, creative, and supports students who wish to become professional filmmakers and/or research academics. This combination of production professionalism and academic excellence is key to promoting intellectual, current, and socially engaged documentary makers.

Royal Holloway - Documentary by Practice (MA)

Surrey, UK

This is an exciting and dynamic time for documentary practice; in recent years there has been a renaissance in documentary, seeing huge developments in both technology and form. Documentary stories are now being told via telecommunications, in cinemas, on TV, and online.

Sheffield Hallam University - MA International Documentary Production

Sheffield, UK

This course focuses on the core activity of documentary production companies, which is project development and production financing to create 'market ready' packages. The course is run in collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest, which is one of the UK's leading international documentary festivals and markets.

SUMMERDOCS: A Summer School in Documentary Direction

London, UK

After 10 years establishing and developing this innovative Summer Course in partnership with the NFTS, we have reluctantly had to hand it over, due to other commitments and major developments in our plans this year. The course will continue in partnership with Channel 4. The NFTS offers a summer school where the expertise of professional mentors will help you begin to become the documentary maker you want to be.


The University of Roehampton - MA in Documentary Practices

London, UK

This MA in Documentary Practices is a practical, vocational, critical and cross-disciplinary programme, which invites students to produce documentaries through a combination of practical and theoretical engagement, especially in regard to the social, political and ethical dimensions of documentary practices.

UCL - MA Ethnographic and Documentary Film (Practice Based)

Friday 28 April, 2017
London, UK

This programme is unique in the UK as it is based in a university, but run by leading film practitioners from the world of professional media. Run in conjunction with Open City Docs, the programme offers a choice of three pathways or strands: reportage based documentary, non-fiction and a new VR strand. All three strands allow students to draw on the world-class expertise and resources in the Department of Anthropology, whilst providing opportunities to take courses in other faculties and schools. As a practice focussed MA, training encompasses all the technical issues surrounding the preparation, production, editing and distribution of the visual image. 

University of Bedfordshire - Master of Arts Documentary

London, UK

As part of this Masters Degree, you will produce a major, practical documentary project informed by contemporary debates and historical perspectives. You will gain the practical skills to do this with a firm grounding in digital video production and the exploration of photography and multimedia through access to industry-standard equipment.

University of Hertfordshire - Film and Television Documentary BA Hons

Hertfordshire, UK

This Film and Television Documentary degree is for those who want to make film and television documentary, including reality shows, current affairs, news and factual programming, and factual entertainment productions.

University of Sussex - MA in Digital Documentary

Sussex, UK

MA, 1 year full time/2 years part time. This MA offers you the chance to develop your film-making and critical skills in a supportive and stimulating environment. It is led by award-winning producers and taught by highly experienced practitioners with expertise in creating moving images.

University of Wales - Documentary Film & Television - BA (Hons)

Newport, Wales

Documentary Film and Television at University of Wales, Newport is a hugely well-respected course amongst filmmakers and the industry. Students from the course win awards at major film festivals in the UK and beyond.

York St. John University - Documentary Production MA

York, UK

Our innovative approach will instil in you an imaginative and unique concern for digital short film or documentary production. In addition to the high level of practical engagement with your chosen form you will study theory and research methodologies which will develop the form and content of your work.