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SFFILM Documentary Film Fund

The SFFILM Doc Film Fund supports feature-length documentaries in post-production | The SFFILM Doc Film Fund is open to filmmakers based anywhere in the U.S. or internationally.


2024 SFFILM Festival
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Grants of $10,000 - $20,000

Regular Deadline: Fri, May 3, 2024 at 11:59 pm (PST)

Final Deadline: Fri, May 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm (PST)

The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund (DFF) supports engaging documentaries in post-production which exhibit compelling stories, intriguing characters, and an original, innovative visual approach. Since its launch in 2011, the SFFILM Documentary Film Fund has distributed more than $900,000 to advance new work by filmmakers nationwide.
DFF grants are awarded once each year to documentary feature projects and are open to filmmakers internationally. Individual grant amounts and the number of grants made will be determined on an annual basis. As with all SFFILM grants, in addition to the cash awards, recipients will gain access to numerous benefits through the comprehensive and dynamic SFFILM Makers artist development program.


The SFFILM Doc Film Fund supports a range of films from around the world. Films do not have to have a strong social issue and most often do not have that at the center of the film. The fund supports documentaries that exhibit compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. Recent examples of this include HoneylandHale County This MorningThis Evening, Midnight FamilyThe Feeling of Being WatchedMidnight Traveler, and Cutie and the Boxer.

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