OVERVIEW: Impact Partners supports independent documentary filmmaking that address contemporary social issues through grants to filmmakers and through a fellowship program for emerging filmmakers.
IP TAKE: Impact Partners funds 10-12 documentary projects per year, in amounts up to $700,000. Their criteria are quite broad, so independent filmmakers with strong storylines and artistic visions will be well-served by applying.
PROFILE: Impact Partners is a relatively new enterprise, but it has already funded a number of very successful documentaries. According to its website, it is "dedicated to funding independent documentary storytelling that entertains audiences, engages with pressing social issues, and propels the art of cinema forward." To that end it supports individual filmmakers through grants and a fellowship program, and also supports other granting organizations as well.
Impact Partners funds 10-12 documentaries per year with grants ranging from $30,000 to $700,000, though most fall between $100,000 and $250,000. Films may be in any stage of production, but a video sample is required to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and must include a treatment describing the project, a budget, a video sample, and a signed application form. They are looking for "projects that tell strong, cinematic stories, explore the urgent issues and questions of our time, and have a clear point of view and artistic vision."
Impact Partners also now offers the IP Emerging Producers Fellowship. The fellowship includes a yearlong program of workshops in New York with established documentary filmmakers and a $1000 stipend. Applicants must have worked on a least documentary film in a key position such as producer, line producer, co-producer or associate producer, but not served as producer for more than five full-length features. Applicants must also be nominated by a key film crew member with whom they have worked in the past. Further information about how to apply is available here.