Documentary Filmmakers: Get That Money

Here’s another opportunity for documentary filmmakers to secure funding for your vision and your dreams. According to their website, “The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature length documentary film. The Lab provides filmmakers with customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, funding, professional development workshops and networking opportunities.”

Those of us who are film enthusiasts know how important documentary filmmakers are to the world of film. The Firelight Documentary Lab is looking for “applicants who make artful and innovative films that focus on underrepresented communities and provide new narratives about the most pressing issues of our time.” 

Check out this documentary project by crew member, Terence Steele.

Here are the requirements: 

  • Only the director of the film is eligible to apply and enter the program. We can accept co-directors if they meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Filmmaker must be from a racially and ethnically underrepresented community. 
  • The project must be a long-form/feature-length documentary; the lab does not accept short documentaries, series, or fiction projects of any kind.
  • Film must be a work-in-progress and in production or post-production. We do not accept films in pre-production or completed films.
  • Filmmaker must be an emerging documentary filmmaker (working on first or second feature length documentary). 
  • Filmmaker cannot be in school or submit a student film to the lab.
  • Filmmaker must be based in the United States.

The deadline for the Firelight Documentary Lab submissions is June 12th at 11:59PM EST. 

Apply today. 

Motivational reminder about contests, grants, and open calls:

You won’t know if you will win unless you enter. If you enter and don’t win, you still entered and that’s good. Sometimes people who are evaluating your application, will pass along word of your work to someone else. This can be helpful to open other doors. So, I just wanted to let you know that contests, open calls, and grants are not simply about winning and losing. They are about exposing yourself to opportunities. You can do it. 


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