OVERVIEW: Britdoc offers grants to documentary filmmakers who spotlight unreported and underreported issues; it also offers awards for creative storytellers.
IP TAKE: Britdoc’s programs have varying guidelines. Grantseekers should study these guidelines to find the program that best suits their work.
PROFILE: Founded in 2005, Britdoc is dedicated to “enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally.” Based in London and New York, this foundation has a couple of funding options for documentary filmmakers.
First up is the Bertha Britdoc Journalism Fund, which backs long-form feature journalistic documentaries that draw attention to unreported and underreported issues. This grant program is a partnership between Britdoc and the Bertha Foundation. Grant amounts range from £5,000 to £50,000. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
Next up is the Pulse Britdoc Genesis Fund. This program supports long-form feature documentaries “driven by imaginative and innovative storytelling.” Britdoc awards 10 grants from this program, in the amount of £5,000 each. Projects need to be in the early stages to be eligible for a Genesis Fund grant.
Another funding option is the Britdoc Circle Fund. This newer fund was formed in response to growing philanthropic interest in fostering independent media. Grants out of this program are made by invitation only; they don't accept unsolicited applications.
The Threshold Fund is a partnership between Britdoc and the Threshold Foundation. These grants go to films that address pressing issues around the world, prioritizing stories mostly ignored by mainstream media. Applications for this grant are accepted by invitation only.
Finally, there’s the Flex Fund, a collective effort between Britdoc, the Skoll Foundation and the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Program. This fund backs “innovative and creative projects emerging from partnerships between moving image storytellers and social entrepreneurs.” Britdoc announces open submission calls for this fund each year.
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