Sunday, February 05, 2012

Bertha BRITDOC Documentary fund open [Worldwide]

Documentary journalists can apply for a grant ranging from UK£5,000-50,000 (about US$7,847-US$78,472).

The Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long-form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature.

The fund seeks films that break stories, expose injustice and bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen. Due to the investigative nature of long-form films, the fund seeks filmmakers with a journalistic background.

The fund supports in-depth research & development, production funding for longitudinal investigations, editorial support for long-form documentary structure, hostile environment training, emergency transportation and legal advice.

Funding is awarded on a rolling basis.

We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen.

This new fund recognises such films are often delicate and protracted, making them difficult to fund. With a mission to enable in-depth analysis of issues through long-form investigative filmmaking, we are particularly looking to work with filmmakers with a journalistic background or those who are collaborating with journalists.

It is key that the journalistic intent is embedded within the film itself rather than the film simply being about a journalist or journalistic institution.

Elements we can support:
In-depth research & development
Production funding for longitudinal investigations
Editorial support for long-form documentary structure
Hostile Environment Training
Emergency transportation
Legal Advice during production and post production
Legal advice for complex E&O policies

Other things to bear in mind:

We will be supporting films 60mins+ in length

Grants from £5,000 to £50,000 are available
Funding is awarded on a rolling basis
Funding decisions will be made within 4 weeks of application, unless your project is an urgent response to events
We are unlikely to fully fund a film so it must have international co-financing potential.
We don't fund retrospectively

For more information, click here.
Terms and conditions
Apply now

The Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund is part of a major new partnership between the Bertha Foundation and the BRITDOC Foundation, which sees the launch of two new funds worth £1.5m over the next three years.