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Make It Happen Monday

Make It Happen Monday

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

Video Consortium

The Video Consortium July 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:

  • NEW: Handy Foundation’s Netflix DART (Documentary Archival Researcher Training) is a training and development program that is intended to give individuals from under-recognized backgrounds the skill set necessary to be strong candidates for entry-level positions in Documentary Production. Apply now! Use code: DART2024
  • NEW: NIO Ventures, an impact consulting firm headquartered in Valencia, Spain, aims to transform mental health through awareness, education, and healing by setting an objective to help produce 50 mental health documentaries in the next 10 years. If you're working on a doc project about mental health, send an email to with your name, location, log line, description, and deck (if available).
  • 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:

  • 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 8: The World Cinema Fund is accepting applications for production and post-production support. The WCF focuses on supporting the production and distribution of films from Latin America, the Caribbean and Pacific region, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, the Caucasus, as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka. Submit your application here.

  • July 8: The William Greaves Research and Development Fund resources talented, mid-career nonfiction storytellers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities in the US, as well as filmmakers from Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. Apply here.

  • July 12: Applications are now open for the 2024 South Pitch Documentary, which will take place during the 35th annual Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival this October 17-27! South Pitch is our platform to showcase new projects from Southern artists and support them with cash awards up to $10,000 to develop their project and valuable feedback from leading industry voices. Click here to 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!

  • July 30: Applications are open for the Bronx Documentary Center Films Fellowship Program 2024/2025! This free, year-long program supports traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers. Apply here.

  • July 31: Climate Action Together is offering two film teams a £20K ($25K) cash grant, plus 4 months of impact strategy design and mentorship as their campaign launches. Filmmakers can be from anywhere, but the films must be released in the US and/or UK between Jan 1 - Jun 30 2025. Apply now!

  • 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!

  • July 31: The AXS Fund is for creators of color in documentary filmmaking or nonfiction new media who identify as living with a disability. Each year AXS awards up to five creators with grants of up to $10,000 each to assist them in finishing their projects in any stage of production. Submit now!

  • August 1: Apply for DOC NYC’s 2024 Documentary New Leaders initiative, which celebrates those driving inclusion and equity in the American documentary industry. This opportunity is open to global candidates who have experience in the North American doc industry as well! Nominate someone (or yourself!) by August 1.

  • August 2: Canadian filmmakers! Submit your work-in-progress documentary feature or series for the chance to take part in a live pitch to industry figures in NYC this fall! Selected Canadian projects will be invited to apply for a $1,000 travel grant to cover part of their travel expenses and will also receive DOC NYC Industry badges and the opportunity to attend DOC NYC PRO. More here.

  • August 12: Calling all Mexican nonfiction storytellers: the VCMX Nun & Duss Grant is back! Now in its 3rd year, this production grant supports emerging Mexican documentary filmmakers and offers $30,000 Mexican pesos for short doc projects in the production stage. VC México will also provide mentorship to the winner and other finalist projects. Apply here.

  • August 31: Videographers! Apply for the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian project grant to receive a €10,000 grant + mentorship from Action Contre La Faim. Check out the esteemed jury and apply today.

  • September 1: The Pulitzer Center, the Financial Times, and One World Media have announced a new $20k film grant focused on climate change and labor. They’re looking for an experienced filmmaker who wants to explore how climate change is affecting lives and work in the Global South through a short documentary. Learn more and apply!

  • September 9: The 9th annual Verzió DocLab is a 5-day intensive editing workshop for directors and editors, organized during the 21st Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Budapest on November 5-9, 2024. This year, Verzió DocLab is looking for projects by first- or second-time feature directors. Find out more here.

Upcoming Festival Submission Deadlines:

  • 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 7: Got a feature-length documentary? Submit it for a chance to screen at the 33rd Heartland International Film Festival, set for October 10-20, 2024 in Indianapolis! HIFF is known for hospitality, $60,000 in cash prizes, and quality programming. Join the action 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 14: Lebanese filmmakers: Metropolis Cinema wants to see your documentaries. Submit now!

  • July 15: Mata Atlântica Ecofestival is the biggest adventure, film, and arts festival of the South of Brazil and one of the biggest festivals in South America. In its third edition, it intends to discuss the relationship with nature. Enter your film 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.

  • August 5: The 40th annual IDA Documentary Awards Call for Entries is open! The IDA Documentary Awards is the world's most prestigious event dedicated to the documentary genre. Submit your doc now!

  • September 27: The 7th edition of FIPADOC will be held in Biarritz, France from January 24-February 1, 2025 and their call for entries is open! Submit your French-language documentary here. For international documentaries, you have until October 11 to apply.

  • September 28: The South African Independent Film Festival is SA's biggest independent festival, featuring events across all of SA’s major cities. Get your film into the lineup here!

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

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