Filmmakers Without Borders: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: Filmmakers Without Borders funds independent filmmakers from all over the world.

IP TAKE: Applicants must be over the age of 18, be proficient in digital technologies, and be able to provide samples of their work to be eligible for a grant from this funder.

PROFILE: Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) describes itself as “[a]n educational nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers.” Current projects address social justice, women’s voices, youth voices, identity, cultural exchange, and climate change.

FWB offers a variety of filmmaking grants and other support such as technical training, media literacy skills, and digital tools to people from underserved communities. FWB offers funding for narrative documentaries, experimental projects, new media projects, and films in various stages of production including development, production, and post-production. 

FWB also has a Global Fellowship program, which sends experienced filmmakers to teach filmmaking in Africa, Asia, and Latin America for up to 10 to 12 months. FWBs fellowship program also provides equipment, curriculum, and support volunteer educators. 

Grant amounts vary depending on the stage of production. Development grants range from $250 to $1,000; production grants range from $500 and $5,000; and post-production grants range from $250 to $2,500. FWB also offers grants from $100 to $500 for film festival applications.

FWB accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding.


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