Here are some links to significant funding sources and also to some of the most popular crowd-funding websites that have taken off in recent years.
Links to various funding websites for documentary filmmakers
Supports U.S. and international documentary films and videos focused on current and significant issues and movements in contemporary human rights, freedom of expression, social justice, and civil liberties.
The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities.
The Whicker’s World Foundation Funding Award is awarding £80,000 to the most promising pitch for an authored documentary for a filmmaker under 30, with a £10,000 award granted to a runner-up.
Since their inception, Hot Docs’ film funds have supported 172 Canadian and international documentary projects with an incredible $3.6 million in no-interest loans and grants.
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.