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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Filmmakers for Films
that Promote Social Justice and Cultural Exchange

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for film projects that align with the themes of empowerment, social justice, and cultural exchange. Funding is available to both novice and experienced filmmakers for all stages of development, including development, production, post-production, as well as film festival applications.

FWB 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.

Goals and Objectives
- To empower the next generation of digital storytellers
- To promote diverse communities and cultures
- To share unique perspectives and stories
- To support independent voices from around the world

Grants are available for all of the following stages of production:
- Development
- Production
- Post-production
- Film Festival Applications

Grants are available for all of the following types of projects:

Short Film Projects (6-40 minutes)
- Narrative
- Documentary
- Animation
- Experimental

Feature Film Projects (90+ minutes)
- Narrative
- Documentary

New Media Projects (various)
- Narrative
- Documentary
- Experimental

Proposed projects should address one of the following themes:
- Social justice
- Women’s voices
- Youth voices
- Identity
- Cultural exchange
- Climate change

Proposed projects should be aligned with the following guidelines:
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural sustainability
- Demonstrated commitment to empowerment
- Adherence to the American Anthropological Association’s Code of Ethics

Please note that additional specialized grants are also available for alumni of the following initiatives: Tribeca All Access, Women in Film Finishing Fund, Sundance Native Program, NYWIFT Disability Awareness Grant, National Geographic Explorer, and the Fulbright Scholars Program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182210

Estimated Size of Grant:

Development: $250, $500, $750, or $1000
Production: $500, $1000, $2500, or $5000
Post-production: $250, $500, $1000, or $2500
Film Festival Applications: $100, $250, $500, or $750

Term of Contract:

Films must be scheduled for completion within 365 days of application deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants from any country are encouraged to apply.
- Applicants should be 18+ years old.
- Applicants should be proficient in relevant digital technologies.
- Applicants should be able to provide samples of their work.
- Applications and supporting materials must be produced in English.

NOTE: Completed films may be in any language.

Proposed projects should meet the following requirements:
- 100% of funds dedicated to the film project (not to salaries or large equipment purchases)
- Scheduled for completion within 365 days of application deadline
- Subtitled in English

Pre-Application Information:

There are three grant cycles throughout each year (Spring/Summer/Fall). Each cycle has its own unique application deadline:
Spring: January 1st
Summer: June 1st
Fall: August 1st

Applicants are welcome to apply to be considered for more than one grant (e.g. stage, theme, and/or project category). However, you will need to submit a separate application for each specific grant.

- Upon successful submission of 1. the online application and 2. all supporting materials, the candidate’s application will then be forwarded to the relevant committee for initial review. The review process can take between 6-8 weeks from the application deadline depending on the application cycle and number of applications being processed.
- Unsuccessful applicants are generally notified of their application status within 8 weeks of the application deadline.
- Successful applicants generally receive formal offers about 2-3 months after the initial application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

576 Fifth Avenue, Suite 903
New York, NY 10036

Phone: 212-39-1517
Email: grants [at] filmmakerswithoutborders [dot] org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.