Have you noticed the sun is out longer now? Like all the time. That can only mean one thing…it’s summer! If you’re anything like us, you’re itching to take advantage of these extra hours of sunlight to shoot your next big project–but with what money?

Every season we comb the internet to find the latest and greatest filmmaking grants with upcoming or rolling deadlines. This list includes 60 grants, organized by categories: Documentary, Narrative, Screenwriting, Underrepresented Filmmakers, and Virtual Reality & Edge Tech.

If you’re looking for photography grants, check out Summer 2018 Photography Grants and Fellowships. And if you want to get a sense of upcoming filmmaker grants beyond this summer, review our The Ultimate Film Grant List  from Spring 2018 or our The Ultimate Fellowship & Residency List for Filmmakers!

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HotDocs Ted Rogers Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“Over the coming 10 years, production grants will be distributed to Canadian documentary filmmakers. Up to $35,000 will be granted to three or four projects each year.”

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Sundance Documentary Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling.”

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The Fledgling Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“We support audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch. Grants are NOT available to support production or post-production.”

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The Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“The fund supports projects at the intersection of film and investigative journalism that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, and bring attention to unreported issues, and cameras into regions previously unseen.”

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The Filmmaker Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“To be selected as a project of the Filmmaker Fund is to have a partner in the entirety of the journey. That includes grants of up to $75K as well as access to low cost DCP services, an invitation to Sonoma retreats, festival navigation and distribution strategy.”

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The Scottish Documentary Institute Consultancies
Deadline: Rolling

“Scottish Documentary Institute is offering year-round submissions of Scottish documentary projects in development (shorts and features) to our Docscene project pool. The projects will then be steered towards forthcoming training programmes or other funding opportunities, depending on theme and scope: Seed Funding, Interdoc, the Edinburgh Pitch and prepared for other submissions to funders, meet markets or pitching forums. The aim is to improve quality of project development and increase the talent pool.”

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IFP Fiscal Sponsorship
Deadline: Rolling

“IFP Fiscal Sponsorship is exclusively for creative, artistic and/or educational film, video and transmedia projects, giving filmmakers the benefit of our focused experience and reputation in the field.”

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Catapult Film Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.”

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EURODOC 2019
Deadline: TBA

“Some participants attending the workshops will come from the documentary departments of the broadcasters or from institutions defending, promoting and funding documentary productions. This will fulfill a long-lasting objective, that of decompartmentalisation of relations between producers, broadcasters and funding partners. These participants greatly contribute to the work of the group. Being in contact with their future partners, understanding their points of view and constraints can be very enlightening to the producers.

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Screen Australia: Documentary Development
Deadline: August 17, 2018

“Some participants attending the workshops will come from the documentary departments of the broadcasters or from institutions defending, promoting and funding documentary productions. This will fulfill a long-lasting objective, that of decompartmentalisation of relations between producers, broadcasters and funding partners. These participants greatly contribute to the work of the group. Being in contact with their future partners, understanding their points of view and constraints can be very enlightening to the producers.

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California Documentary Project Grant
Deadline: October 15, 2018

“The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and be suitable for California and national audiences through broadcast and/or distribution. CDP grants support documentary projects at the research and development and production stages and grant amounts range from $10,000 to $50,000. A cash or in-kind match is required. California residency is not a requirement for eligibility.”

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Pacific Pioneer Fund
Deadline: December 1, 2018

“To support emerging documentary filmmakers. The term “emerging” is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of making documentaries, who has demonstrated that commitment by several years—but no more than ten—of practical film or video experience.”

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Film Independent Documentary Lab
Deadline: December 3, 2018

“Through a series of meetings and workshops, the Documentary Lab provides creative feedback and story notes to participating filmmakers, while helping them to strategize for the completion, distribution, and marketing of their films.”

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MountainFilm Commitment Grant
Deadline: July 20, 2018

“Mountainfilm is committed to help creative individuals tell stories that support our mission. Each year, we award a total of $30,000 in grants to filmmakers, photographers, artists and adventurers whose projects are intended to inspire audiences to create a better world. Interested parties should apply if they’re creating a work that can be presented in a theater, gallery or on television and online. ”

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POV: Call for Entries
Deadline: July 15, 2018

“POV, public television’s premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual PBS series. All subjects, aesthetic approaches and lengths are welcomed.”

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The Southern Documentary Fund North Carolina Grant
Deadline: July 31, 2018

“Applicants must live in North Carolina, or their story must take place in North Carolina. Grants range from $1000 to $5000.”

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Visions Sud Est Fund
Deadline: July 31, 2018

“The Swiss fund Visions Sud Est was initiated by the Foundation trigon-film Baden and the Fribourg Film Festival, with the collaboration of Nyon’s Visions du Reel and the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It supports film productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, aims at making them visible worldwide and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland. ”

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Film Independent Directing Lab
Deadline: August 13, 2018

“An intensive eight-week fellowship for directors who are prepping their independent feature films.”

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NEH Media Production Grants
Deadline: August 15, 2018

“The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.”

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NEH Media Development Grants
Deadline: August 15, 2018

“The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.”

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The Alter-Ciné Foundation
Deadline: August 15, 2018

Every year, the Foundation awards a grant of 10,000 Canadian dollars and a few 5,000 Canadian dollars grants to some filmmakers to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young video and filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation, as explained above.”

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Hot Docs: Blue Ice Group Documentary Development and/or Production Fund
Deadline: August 17, 2018

“The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund (HDBI) offers grants in two separate categories Development and Production. Approximately four to 10 projects are awarded each year. All successful applications will be considered for the up to five mentorship program slots, and select applicants will be invited to apply to The New York Times—Op-Docs under the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund banner.

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Independent Television Series Open Call
Deadline: July 31, 2018

“We’re looking for exceptional storytelling that’s in line with our mission: stories that take risks, tackle important issues, and are seldom seen in public media. We know how hard you’ve worked on your project, and we’ll partner with you to help you finish it, then distribute it on public television.

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Flies Collective Film Grant
Deadline: June 30,2018

Brooklyn-based production company Flies Collective has opened submissions for its second annual film grant, which aims to support emerging filmmakers telling original stories.The 2018 grant will award $15,000 to emerging filmmakers. Applicants will be chosen based on their storytelling, and submissions are open but not limited to narrative, documentary, experimental, and short films. Submissions will be accepted until June 30, with winners being announced on September 1.”

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Glas Animation Grant Program
Deadline: June 30, 2018

“For the first round of grants there will be two separate $2500 grants to be awarded to two individual filmmakers living and working in the United States to create independent animated short films.”

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World Cinema Fund Production Funding
Deadline: July 6, 2018

Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German producers, the World Cinema Fund works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The World Cinema Fund supports films that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.”

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The Hubert Bals Fund: Script & Project Development Support
Deadline: August 1, 2018

A Script and Project Development grant can be used for the further development of a script (e.g. research, writing, translation or hiring a coach or script consultant), but can also be used to present a project to financiers or other potential partners at (international) co-production meetings or film festivals. The maximum contribution for Script and Project Development is €10,000.”

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The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture: Cinema Grant
Deadline August 1, 2018

“As part of its 2018 general grants program, AFAC is pleased to launch the open call for applications in the category of cinema, starting May 1st and until August 1st, 2018. AFAC’s cinema grants are open to all kinds of fiction film projects – shorts, medium- and feature-length, animation, essay, hybrid, experimental and others. AFAC offers funding for the development, production and post-production phases.”

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Film Independent Project Involve
Deadline August 13, 2018

“Project Involve is a free, intensive, nine-month annual program that offers 30 up-and-coming film professionals from under-represented communities the opportunity to hone skills, form creative partnerships, utilize free or low-cost production resources and ultimately gain the industry access necessary to succeed as working artists.”

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The Player’s Network Cannabis Media Grant
Deadline: August 31, 2018

“The Player’s Network Cannabis Media Grant supports the creation of cannabis related content that showcases a forward thinking view in the cannabis industry. The Player’s Network Cannabis Media Grant seeks heartfelt documentaries, short films, features, and web series that reveal how cannabis has benefited and changed people’s lives…From the Heart Productions is able to offer the Player’s Network Cannabis Media Grant thanks to the support and a generous donation from the Player’s Network.”

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American Zoetrope Coppola Shorts 2018
Deadline: TBA

“At Zoetrope: All-Story and Francis Ford Coppola Winery, we believe anyone has the potential to be one of the greats. Prove us right: enter your 3- to 10-minute short film in the FRANCIS COPPOLA DIRECTOR’S SHORT FILM COMPETITION for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize and have your film screened at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery lounge at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival!”

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CineMart Co-Production Market
Deadline TBA

“As part of IFFR PRO, CineMart’s trademark is the informal and highly productive atmosphere. With the aim to optimise project’s opportunities within the marketplace, we have downsized the selection to around 15 projects that will benefit from a streamlined and tailor-made programme and meeting schedule.”

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Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship
Deadline: Rolling

Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Initiative is committed to helping independent storytellers build audiences and sustain careers through innovations in marketing, distribution, and data transparency. We imagine a world without barriers between artists and audiences.Formerly named Artist Services, our department has supported the release of 200+ films into the market through partnerships with leading digital retailers; notable films include pioneering self-releases First Girl I Loved, BURN, Upstream Color, and Detropia. We have also supported nearly 400 crowdfunding campaigns – over $20M raised – by consulting with filmmakers on audience building techniques. We’ve been on the front lines of creative distribution for nearly seven years – and with our Creative Distribution Fellowship, we’re expanding our efforts.”

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Cinereach Film Grant 
Deadline: Rolling

Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. We look for projects (at any stage) that create deep and lasting impressions through story, character, or cinematic approach. We seek to work with both unknown and established filmmakers who may face creative, financial or systemic obstacles to realizing ambitious visions. Our films range widely in content and style.”

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Panavision New Filmmaker Program
Deadline: Rolling

The New Filmmaker Program loans film or digital camera packages (based on availability) to filmmakers for student thesis films, “low-budget” independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project. The New Filmmaker Program has served hundreds of aspiring filmmakers, many of them eventually becoming regular Panavision customers.”

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Crossroads Co-production Forum
Deadline: August 30, 2018

CROSSROADS‘ goal is to support the producers of feature-length fiction film projects that contain a link to the Mediterranean and Balkan regions. Qualifying features will be produced or co-produced by a country in this area or are movies that contain story elements based in this region.”

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Moving Image Institute Filmmaker Grants
Deadline: August 24, 2018

“The Moving Picture Institute’s Rising Filmmaker Program awards grants to filmmakers who are committed to developing and producing marketable projects about human freedom. We have supported the careers of over 100 producers, directors, editors, and screenwriters grantees. Participants receive financial support for their work, work closely with mentors, and take part in workshops and masterclasses.”

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Slamdance Writing Competition
Deadline: (Late) July 23, 2018

“The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering emerging writing talent. Since 1995 our organization has established a strong track record for identifying and supporting new screenwriters. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. We provide basic feedback for every entrant and we also offer in depth coverage services.”

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BAFTA Rocliffe Writing For Children Call
Deadline: July 18, 2018

“A fantastic Industry showcase at BAFTA’s London HQ with professional actors and directors, industry introductions, access to bespoke masterclasses, an in depth script report on your complete screenplay, a featured spot on the Forum List and a tailored career planning and profile building session to provide support in navigating the industry.”

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ScreenCraft Short Film Production Fund
Deadline: August 1, 2018

“ScreenCraft is offering two production grants per year to talented filmmakers for narrative features, short films and TV pilot series scripts and documentaries that display originality, vision & exceptional potential.”

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American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
Deadline: September 1, 2018

The mission of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is to find and promote new and innovative voices in cinema. Every script is read closely by a select handful of professional readers, and Francis Ford Coppola selects a grand prize–winner from among the top ten finalists. The grand prize–winner receives a cash prize, and the scripts of all top ten finalists are sent by Zoetrope to leading production companies and talent agencies for consideration.”

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BAFTA Rocliffe Film Call
Deadline: September 26, 2018

“Not only do the finalists receive a selection of fantastic prizes, including an industry showcase at BAFTA, but unlike other initiatives with thousands of entries, our more personal approach gets the finalist and Forum List entries directly in front of execs, agents and producers at our selection panels and juries. To be selected as a finalist, your entry has to have been read and recommended at least four times. That’s a lot of eyes on your work and it’s before we even announce the winners!”

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Glassbreaker Films Catalyst Grant
Deadline: Rolling

“Catalyst Grants allow a diverse group of young filmmakers to conceive of a short, innovative and original non-fiction digital project to receive funding and mentorship to bring it to life and kickstart their career.

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Cinereach Grants
Deadline: Rolling

“Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. We look for projects (at any stage) that create deep and lasting impressions through story, character, or cinematic approach.”

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Women Make Movies: Fiscal Sponsorship
Deadline: Rolling

“Fiscal Sponsorship is the largest component of the Production Assistance Program. Fiscal Sponsorship is designed for women filmmakers who are actively fundraising for their film or video project and need 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status.”

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Filmmakers Without Borders Grants
Deadline: Rolling

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS (FWB) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers. FWB filmmaking grants provide funding and support for independent filmmakers to share their stories.  Funds are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production. FWB encourages both novice and experienced filmmakers from around the world to apply for grant funding.”

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Unitarian Universalist Funding Program
Deadline: Rolling

“The Fund will consider funding films, publications, or curricula only if they are an integral part of a strategy of collective action for social change. Grants: up to $15,000; most from $6,000-$8,000”

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Independent Television Service – Diversity Development Fund
Deadline: August 6, 2018

“DDF gives producers of color up to $15,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.”

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Black Public Media: 360 Incubator + Fund
Deadline: August 13, 2018

“360 Incubator+ is a Black Public Media (BPM) funding initiative devised to help launch non-fiction broadcast and digital projects about the Black experience. 360 Incubator+Fund features training and support, for producers of color, designed to harvest and pipeline important, engaging stories.”

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Puffin Foundation Grant
Opens September 1, 2018

“The Puffin Foundation Grant hopes to encourage emerging artists whose works, due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired.”

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Resist General Support Grant
Deadline September 8, 2018

“General Support Grants are available for up to $4,000 to support groups who are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making and resilience building.”

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MOME Women’s Fund
Deadline: TBD

“NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) Commissioner Julie Menin announced the launch of a groundbreaking series of initiatives targeting the underrepresentation of women in film and television. Study after study has confirmed that women – along with people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and other groups – are consistently underrepresented both on camera and behind the scenes.”

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The Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance: San Francisco 2018
Deadline: Rolling

“We invest in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed reality startups of any size from anywhere around the world. We meet six times a year with our base of operations out of Beijing and San Francisco. Our network spans the entire globe, so it doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you are doing something game-changing, we want to help you realize your dream. We are not searching for the next technology revolution because it is already here. We are searching for the next entrepreneur to lead it.”

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Merge AR VR Developer Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“We’re committed to supporting your vision and want to invest in you! Whether you’re building an educational game, a digital toy, or another innovative AR/VR experience, we want to help make your ideas a reality.”

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Kaleidoscope Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“At Kaleidoscope our mission is to give independent VR creators and studios the resources they need to do great work. An invite-only community, Kaleidoscope helps secure financing, distribution and exposure for premium VR content.”

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OSVR Developer Fund
Deadline: Rolling

“OSVR knows that VR content developers can’t afford to be limited by walled gardens and closed ecosystems. By supporting OSVR, developers can not only remain focused on creating the best VR experience without any limitations, but instantly gain audience as new VR platforms get released. This fund is open to all developers, indie or major, to apply. For every successful applicant, OSVR funding partners will purchase copies of their content in exchange for OSVR integration.
http://www.osvr.org/fund/

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Stereopsia’s Lumiere Awards
Deadline: September 1, 2018

“On behalf of the Advanced Imaging Society based in Hollywood, CA, Stereopsia organizes – for the 7th consecutive year – the competitions for the “Lumiere Awards” for the territory consisting of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The golden statuettes are awarded to the best 3D contents for 3D cinema, 3DTV, and 3D cinematic VR.”

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Ford Foundation: JustFilms
Deadline: Rolling

“The Ford Foundation seeks to reduce inequality in all of its forms, and artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects are a crucial to this effort. As part of the Creativity and Free Expression program, JustFilms funds social justice storytelling and the 21st century arts infrastructure that supports it. The projects and people we support inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform the conditions that perpetuate injustice and inequality.”

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Media Grants
Deadline: Rolling

“Supported media types include opera, dance, music, museum exhibits, interactive games, smartphone apps, ebooks, web-native video, conferences, art and science festivals, and other cultural events. Grantmaking focuses on taking advantage of unique opportunities to incorporate scientific content or themes into public programs and extending the reach of science-themed content to new audiences and demographics.”

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In case you want to find even more grants, here are a few great resources we found while compiling this list:

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