SFFILM, which champions filmmakers through programs inspired by the Bay Area, has partnered with the Catapult Film Fund on a support program designed for non-fiction filmmakers.
The SFFILM Catapult Documentary Fellowship will seek to provide “direct support for filmmakers to protect their process of creative expression”. The program, which is open to documentarians across the U.S., is slated to launch this summer with three inaugural fellowships for docmakers working in the early stages of development on documentary features.
The fellowship program will place a heavy emphasis on the stages of research, structure-building, and storytelling in doc projects through a combination of financial support, mentored residencies, and continued artistic and industry guidance through production.
Selected fellows will receive a US$10,000 cash grant; a two-month residency at FilmHouse; and strategic consultation from both organizations to successfully enter fundraising and production.
The two-month residency at FilmHouse, SFFILM’s artist community space, will provide fellows access to an established network of directors, producers, editors, managers and legal consultants to help navigate their funding and producing concerns. In addition, they will be granted access to presentations and workshops with leading industry professionals, peer-to-peer reviews and networking opportunities.
Applications for the SFFILM Catapult Documentary Fellowship will open in January and will seek out projects featuring powerful stories, compelling storytelling and a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.
Inaugural fellowships will begin September 2018. For more information, click here.
“There is a real need for documentary filmmakers to receive support much earlier on in the process than most existing funding programs allow for—before they even have the materials to attract the funding,” said Caroline von Kuhn (pictured), SFFILM director of artist development, in a statement. “We have seen so many documentary makers pulled full time into fundraising, cutting trailers, and writing grants, without any time or support for the storytelling process itself and wish to do our part to address this.”
Pictured left to right: Catapult Film Fund co-founder Lisa Kleiner Chanoff; SFFILM director of Artist Development, Caroline von Khün; Catapult Film Fund co-founder Bonni Cohen
Photo courtesy of SFFILM