National Film and Video Foundation

Need funding, or assistance with getting funding, for your film project? Check out our list of organisations, local and international, that you can apply to.

Film incentive schemes in South Africa

South Africa offers attractive incentive schemes, including those offered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). The South African Revenue Services (Sars) also offers a tax rebate.

Project support in Gauteng

Gauteng Film Commission

The Gauteng Film Commission's (GFC's) Industry Support and Development unit specialises in helping develop outstanding film, television and interactive media projects through support programmes and focused investment facilitation.

Film funding: international sources

Alter-Ciné Foundation

Alter-Cine Foundation

Every year, the Alter-Ciné Foundation awards a grant of 10 000 Canadian dollars and a few 5 000 Canadian dollars grants to selected 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, which was created in memory of filmmaker Yvan Patry, whose documentaries contributed to tearing down walls of silence, denouncing injustice and barbarism, and giving voice to victims of horror.

Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund

Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund

The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund is the first European based outreach and engagement fund and is open to filmmakers from around the world. The fund looks to support smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious independent documentary feature films with a social issue at their core; films which have the ability to achieve real change on a local, regional or global level.

CrossCurrents Doc Fund

CrossCurrents 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. Empowering voices in the documentary space that have previously not been heard, the Fund 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 that featured community.

Fledgling Fund

Fledgling Fund

The Fledgling Fund seeks to explore, support, and deepen the role of documentary film and other forms of visual storytelling in larger social change efforts through grant support focused on outreach and audience engagement, funding partnerships and special initiatives that examine and support emerging trends in the field.

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund helps enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their own 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 are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually. In addition, the Fund provides a peer-to-peer mentorship programme, as well as support to attend the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Filmmakers Lab.

Hubert Bals Fund

Hubert Bals Fund

The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to help remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe on their road to completion. Although the fund looks closely at the financial aspects of a project, the decisive factors remain the content and artistic value. Since its founding in 1989, it has supported more than a 1 000 projects of independent filmmakers from Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.

IDFA Bertha Fund

IDFA Bertha Fund

The IDFA Bertha Fund supports documentary filmmakers in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art. The fund supports documentaries that make a difference, often by tackling controversial issues such as social injustice, freedom of expression, human rights, poverty, economic justice and education. The Fund not only provides financial support to realize this endeavour, but plays a crucial advisory role as well.

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation

Up-and-coming, independent filmmakers from around the globe are invited to submit documentary film projects highlighting human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress. A US$5 000 grant is awarded each year to a single completed "Short-Short" documentary film project.

Miller / Packan Film Fund

Miller / Packan Film Fund

The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich. Financed through the Rogovy Foundation, the fund awards grants of between $5 000 and $25 000 to between six and 10 filmmakers for feature-length non-fiction projects that address social issues and inspire others. Our planet is wonderfully diverse. We support film as an instrument for change, delivering greater knowledge, compassion and awareness.

POV's Annual Call for Entries

POV's Annual Call for Entries

POV, US public television's premier showcase for independent nonfiction film and video, seeks programmes from all perspectives to showcase in its annual national PBS series. All subjects, styles and lengths are welcome. POV offers a highly competitive sum for broadcast distribution of films by US and International filmmakers each season.

Visions Sud Est Fund

Visions Sud Est Fund

The Swiss fund visions sud est supports film productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, aims at making them visible worldwide and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland.

World Cinema Fund

World Cinema Fund

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 fund supports the production and distribution of feature films and documentaries, with support focused on Latin and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and the Caucasus. The fund supports films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.

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