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Make It Happen Monday

May 2024: Upcoming workshops, fellowships and opportunities from around the 🌎.

Video Consortium

The Video Consortium May 13th, 2024
Make It Happen Monday

A curated a list of journalism and documentary filmmaking opportunities just for you. Share this with someone who could put these deadlines to use!


Rolling Deadlines:

  • The Black Artists Grant (BAG) is a £500 no-strings financial support to help UK-based Black creatives. Whether you’re in need of new equipment or to fund your latest project, learn more and apply here.
  • Submit your documentary for Educational Distribution with GOOD DOCS! If your latest doc is based on education and engaging with students about rarely heard stories then this is where your next application should be. Find out more here.

  • The Pulitzer Center provides grants to cover the hard costs of reporting projects. Grants are open to all journalists: writers, photographers, radio producers, and filmmakers; staff journalists as well as freelancers. Deadline is rolling, find out more here.

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • May 1: Australian documentary filmmakers who create impactful and socially conscious work are encouraged to apply for funding and support. Find out more here.

  • May 10: Short nonfiction directors, the Blackstar Pitch contest for 2024 is now open! Win up to $75,000 for production funds as well as mentorship from Multitude films, 2 passes to Camden Film Festival and feedback from an esteemed panel of judges. Apply here!

  • May 12: The final deadline for applications for the 2024-2025 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is fast approaching, if you are a documentary assistant, associate or early career editors - this is your chance! Engage in a year-long professional development program that assists with cultivating the careers of editors through mentorship. Find out more here.

  • May 13: Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports underrepresented filmmakers in directing their first or second feature-length documentary film. The Documentary Lab provides filmmakers with a $25,000 grant toward their projects, mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, professional development retreats, and networking opportunities. Think you’re their next candidate? Find out more here.

  • May 16: The 2024 Gotham Week Project Market is now open for submissions for the following sections: Spotlight on Documentaries, U.S. Features in Development, and the all-new U.S. Shorts to Features! Attend the Project Market and meet with hundreds of industry representatives from production companies, talent agents and more. Read all about it here.

  • May 22: ​​Applications for the 2025 (Egg)celerator Lab are now open! The (Egg)celerator Lab is focused on identifying and supporting nonfiction directors working on their first or second feature-length documentary. This year-long program brings together ten projects, with a special focus on women and gender-expansive directors. Receive $40,000 USD in grant funding for the production, creative retreats and so much more. Find out more here!

  • May 26: Are you a BIPOC artist dedicated to climate activism? The Center for Cultural Power and Build Power are now accepting submissions for creative video content and narrative short film proposals! Narrative short filmmakers, don't miss out on this!

  • May 31: Culture Moves Europe mobility grants are now open for individual artists and cultural professionals! Projects with goals that explore, create, learn and connect are eligible to apply. The grant contributes to travel and subsistence costs, and offers additional top-ups based on grantees’ individual situation. Find out more here.

  • May 31: SFFILM Documentary Film Fund supports engaging documentaries in post-production which exhibit compelling stories, intriguing characters, and an original, innovative visual approach. Find out more here.

  • June 3: The MOFFOM grant provides up to $20,000 annually in finishing funds for scoring, composition, and music licensing efforts for feature-length documentaries. Find out more here.

  • June 10: The new round IDFA Bertha Fund is accepting entries to IBF Classic, the flagship grant program that supports the development or (post-)production of your film. Dedicated at empowering documentary filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and more. Apply and find out more here.

  • June 14: Calling all feature and short filmmakers based in the Arab region, the AFAC's Cinema program is calling for feature films whose projects are in development, production, or post-production phases to receive up to $50,000 in production grants. Read all about them here.

  • June 14: The 2024 call for applications to UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity is now open! Creatives from the Global South are invited to apply to further develop stronger cultural and creative industries in their countries. Find out more here.

  • June 17: Center for Asian American Media’s new initiative, Building Bridges Documentary Fund, provides US Muslim filmmakers with resources, mentorship, and up to $100,000 in grants. Eligible projects can be at any stage of production and must relate to the Muslim experience in the US. Learn more here.

  • June 24: Sundance Institute Sandbox Fund is looking for U.S. and international nonfiction projects that inspire a deeper interest in science among those who don’t consider themselves science enthusiasts. Projects can be in all stages of production, with a focus on feature-length films. Grants range from $25,000 to $50,000. Applications open Monday, May 13. Deadline: Monday, June 24. Learn more here.

  • July 1: Championing inclusivity and representation in storytelling The Blacklist Diversity submission lists have been announced! Writers may submit their work to any diversity list for which they qualify, read more and apply.


  • May 1: U.S History Documentary filmmakers, the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize is accepting submission for their annual cash prize. If your work is focused on the last twenty years or prior - this chance. Apply here.

  • May 3: America’s largest documentary festival, Doc NYC 2024, is now accepting applications! Get your film in by submitting here.

  • May 3: New Orleans Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Southeast United States. If you’re a Southern director telling an inclusive story, consider applying here.

  • May 15: Melbourne Documentary Film Festival has extended their deadline! Apply for Melbourne’s number 1 ranked film festival here.

  • May 15: The Rhode Island International Film festival is now accepting applications! Known as one of the best short film festivals in the United States. Get your work in now!

  • June 3: New Orleans Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Southeast United States. And good news—the deadline has been extended to June 3. If you’re a Southern director telling an inclusive story, consider applying here.

  • June 6: The 22nd edition of the London Short Film Festival application entries have begun! International and British filmmakers, this is your chance to get your completed film on the map in 2025. Find out more here.

  • June 20: America’s largest documentary festival, DOC NYC, is now accepting applications! Get your film in by submitting here.

  • June 30: The International Documentary Film Festival in Argentina is one of the biggest documentary meetings of Latin America! Focused on highlighting the works of prominent authors and providing a platform for breakout films. Interested in attending? Apply here!

  • July 1: DOK Leipzig 2024 is calling, submit your documentary if your work has been produced in 2023 or 2024. Get in on the 67th edition of the festival here.

  • July 6: The Reykjavík International Film Festival is now open to submissions! From fiction, documentary, hybrid, and animation films of any genre, both in the feature and short forms. Apply here.

  • July 11: The final deadline for submissions for the The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam are open now! Experts from around the world will join in the discussion that leads up to IDFA’s final selection. Find out more here.

  • July 15: The 33rd annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is the longest-running nonfiction film festival in North America. Apply and compete for Best Documentary Feature, Critics Prize, Best Documentary Short and Audience Awards. Read more and apply here.

  • July 21: The fifth year of the OKO International Ethnographic Film festival promises to be a new experience. Now accepting participation in all programs including feature-length and short films of all genres and made in any technique. Get your work in asap!

✌️ Have an exciting opportunity to share? Send an email or submit here.

The Video Consortium, by and for documentary filmmakers and visual journalists, is rapidly expanding across the globe. Follow along on social, sign up for our newsletter, attend upcoming events — events are FREE for VC Gold members! — and find collaborators near you. Meanwhile, drop the team a line if you're interested in bringing VC to your own community or if you have ideas for new workshops, initiatives, or the like.
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