Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB): Inviting applications for ‘Filmmaking Grants’ to support independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives.

Funding brief: Filmmakers without borders (FWB) supports independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange.

Goals & 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

Proposed projects should address one of the following themes:
Social justice
Women’s voices
Youth voices
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

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

Types of Grants
Grants are available for all of the following stages of production:
Film Festival Applications

Grants are available for all of the following types of projects:
Short Film Projects (6-40 minutes)
Feature Film Projects (90+ minutes)
New Media Projects (various)

Donor Name: Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB)
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: 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

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Grants are available in the following amounts (Tier 1 – Tier 4):
● 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

Additional Funding
Please note that additional specialized grants are also available for alumni of the following initiatives: Tribeca All AccessWomen in Film Finishing FundSundance Native ProgramNYWIFT Disability Awareness GrantNational Geographic Explorer, & the Fulbright Scholars Program.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

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Eligible organization: As below

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.

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
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How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

FWB encourages both novice and experienced filmmakers from around the world to apply for grant funding. The application process is designed to showcase each respective project’s alignment with FWB’s mission as well as to outline the filmmaker’s goals, implementation strategy, outcomes, and expected impact.

All applicants complete an online application and submit a variety of supporting materials including a video essay. The video essay is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, describe the project, and explain how it will be successfully completed.

Supporting Materials
 Submit an updated CV/resume
 Submit a link to work samples, previous projects, or a portfolio
 Submit a 5-10 page treatment/outline of your proposed project
 Submit a reference letter from a mentor, community leader, employer, or teacher in support of your specific film project.
 Submit a 3-5 minute video essay outlining your background and proposed project. This video is intended to be creative and to showcase your personality and technical skills. It may be filmed on a DSLR, pocket camera, or other comparable camera but should include an edited combination of all of the following:
O The applicant speaking directly to camera
O Voice over narration
O Photos
O B-roll footage
O Text elements

 Submit three short-answer essays responding to the following questions:
O How does your film project demonstrate a commitment  to cultural diversity? (1-2 pages)
O Why does this specific story need to be told and why are you the best person to tell it? (1-2 pages)
O minimum of x5 examples. (2+ pages)

 Submit an estimated budget for each of the following (x2 total):
O an estimated budget for the highest amount of funding available for your project’s stage (e.g. production: $5,000). This budget should clearly itemize all anticipated costs.
O an estimated budget for the lowest amount of funding available for your project’s stage (e.g. production: $500). This budget should clearly itemize all anticipated costs. 

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