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Make It Happen Monday

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

Video Consortium

The Video Consortium June 1st, 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 Funding Deadlines:

  • 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 3 / June 17: Film Independent’s Documentary Story Lab helps directors craft the best story possible for their feature-length documentary film in post-production by pairing fellows with an experienced Creative Advisor and Editing Advisor who provides one-on-one support. If you’re already a member, the deadline is on June 17. Apply 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: One World Media is looking for 12 journalists and filmmakers in Kenya and Nigeria to participate in a collaborative project designed to enhance capacity and knowledge in solution-focused health reporting. Learn more.

  • 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 21: CPH:LAB is CPH:DOX’s talent development programme that encourages creative risk taking, celebrates raw talent, facilitates collaboration across borders and business sectors and supports visionaries to push the existing boundaries of documentary storytelling. Submit 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. Apply here.

  • June 25: This year, you can apply to IDA's Enterprise Documentary Fund and Pare Lorentz Fund at once! Grants range from $25,000 to $75,000 (for a total of $500,000 awarded!). Check out the criteria for each fund and get your application in.

  • June 26: Latino Public Broadcasting’s Digital Media Fund is an open invitation to independent filmmakers to submit proposals for digital short form programs, fiction or nonfiction (no longer than 15 minutes), for distribution online via an existing public television platform. LPB is looking for works focused on Latino artists, musicians, performers, or other creatives. Apply 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.

  • July 12: New this year, Independent Television Service (ITVS) is accepting applications to fund both short-form and feature-length documentaries in one Open Call! Want to know if your project is eligible? Check out the details here.

  • July 15: The DOK Co-Pro Market is a co-financing and networking event that connects producers with industry colleagues. The two-day gathering facilitates the financing of new creative documentary projects and offers exclusive access to the multifaceted German and international non-fiction markets. Submit here!

  • July 31: Submit your feature or series work-in-progress to DOC NYC’s PITCH DAY for the chance to join fellow documentary filmmakers on stage to present your project to a panel of distinguished industry professionals. Pitch your pitch!

Upcoming Festival Submission Deadlines:

  • June 4: New Orleans Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Southeast United States. And good news—the deadline has been extended to June 4. If you’re a Southern director telling an inclusive story, consider applying here.

  • June 15: The Rhode Island International Film festival’s final submission deadline is June 15. Known as one of the best short film festivals in the United States. Get your work in now!

  • June 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.

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

  • June 28: NY Women in Film and Television invites its members, plus members of Women in Film organizations worldwide, to submit their short films for consideration for the Women Calling the Shots short film showcase at Hamptons Film Festival. Enter your short doc!

  • June 30: The Mumbai Film Festival invites South Asian and South Asian diaspora filmmakers to submit their feature length documentaries for MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in October 2024. Learn more 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!

  • July 26: Submissions for the 19th Tasveer Film Festival, the first and only Academy® qualifying South Asian Film Festival in the world, are open. Filmmakers, here is your chance to gain global recognition!

  • July 31: Got a short doc? Submit it to Pittsburgh Shorts. Got a feature-length doc? Submit it to Three Rivers Film Festival. Both fests are in Pittsburgh, PA and run back-to-back in November.

  • August 2: The 22nd edition of the London Short Film Festival application entries are rolling until August 2. International and British filmmakers, this is your chance to get your film on the map in 2025. Find out more here.

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

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