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Grants to USA Filmmakers in New England States to Cover
Documentary Film Creation and Editing Costs

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LEF Foundation - Moving Image Fund (MIF)

Deadline Date:

01/25/19 11:59 PM Midnight


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Grants of $15,000 and grants of $25,000 to USA individual documentary filmmakers in the New England region (supported by nonprofit fiscal sponsors) to cover video and film production costs. Funding is intended to support the creation of new, original projects in the production and post-production stages. Eligible applicants include filmmakers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

LEF New England funds the work of independent documentary film and video artists in the New England region, broadening recognition and support for their work on both a local and national scale. It also supports programs that highlight the rich history and ongoing legacy of innovation within New England’s independent film community. LEF New England launched the Moving Image Fund (MIF) to support new film and video work. By this means, MIF offers a continuum of support for selected projects, while also identifying new talent. Through MIF, LEF New England champions work that is provocative, heartfelt, and challenging in style and substance.

LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. Projects must be long format, with running times of 40 minutes or more. Priority will be given to smaller scale projects with budgets under $400,000. (Grantees who have received previous LEF funding for their project - when a budget range was not specified in the guidelines - will be given equal consideration to new projects with budgets of $400,000 and under.)

There are two types of funding available:

1. Production Funding ($15,000) - These are for projects in the production phase. Funds may be used for shooting picture and sound, early stage editing, equipment costs, materials, travel, and staffing (creative, technical, or otherwise).

2. Post-Production Funding ($25,000) - Funds may be used for editing costs, rights, online, sound mix, color correction, transfers, and distribution strategy. To be eligible for post-production funding, the project for which the applicant is applying must have received previous LEF support.

The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program’s funding criteria, which are as follows:

- Quality of cinematic form and technique
- Originality of filmmaker’s voice, vision, and point of view
- Resonance and power of the film’s core idea or story
- Feasibility of production

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177587

Number of Grants:

There will be a maximum of (6) Production grants, and a maximum of (3) Post-Production grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Production grants: $15,000 each
- Post-Production grants: $25,000 each

Term of Contract:

LEF does not fund retroactively – any expenses LEF funds cover must be anticipated and not already incurred.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Primary creative personnel (director and/or producer) must reside in one of the six New England states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine.

Applicants must have a fiscal sponsor (a nonprofit with a 501[c]3 designation from the federal government) that has agreed to manage the fiscal activity of the grant. The applicant should have a confirmed fiscal sponsor in place when applying for a LEF grant. However, if they have submitted an application to a fiscal sponsor and are still waiting for their confirmation by the time the initial proposal to LEF is due, they should submit their LEF proposal with the complete contact details for the intended fiscal sponsor.

Both first time filmmakers and more experienced filmmakers are encouraged to apply for LEF funding.

Students enrolled in degree-granting programs may not apply. (Funding is not offered to high school, undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree, even in a non-film related field.) If the applicant is a professional taking a class (not pursuing a degree), then they are eligible to apply.

Multi-channel or installation work will not be considered.

Distribution efforts are not eligible for LEF funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The upcoming LEF Moving Image Fund deadlines will be as follows:

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: Friday, 25 January 2019 at 11:59pm (midnight)

In both the production and post-production stages, letters of inquiry are required. LEF will accept only one Letter of Inquiry from each filmmaker per year. In March, the projects that most align with LEF’s funding criteria are then invited to submit a full application. Filmmakers are notified of funding decisions in May.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to LEF New England staff by phone or e-mail to determine whether their project is eligible and a good fit for LEF's funding priorities.

The Documentary Core Application is a collaborative effort by grantors who regularly fund documentary projects to standardize application requirements, with the aim of fostering greater access and a more equitable and sustainable documentary field. Because the LEF Moving Image Fund has adapted its application forms from the Documentary Core Application, you might already have a head start on your LEF letter of inquiry if you've submitted a grant proposal to another funder that uses the Core. See the Documentary Core Application Project at

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

- Production grants:
- Post-Production grants:

For proposal questions, contact:

Sara Archambault, Program Director

For technical assistance with submitting the application, contact Submittable at:

LEF Moving Image Fund
PO Box 382066
Cambridge, MA 02238-2066

Grant Coverage Areas:

New England

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont