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Impact Partners to launch doc-focused development fund

Brooklyn-based doc funder Impact Partners is set to launch a development fund that will support both documentary features and doc-focused series. The seven-figure documentary fund will annually support the development of ...
November 13, 2018

Brooklyn-based doc funder Impact Partners is set to launch a development fund that will support both documentary features and doc-focused series.

The seven-figure documentary fund will annually support the development of four to eight non-fiction projects annually, with a range of US$10,000-$100,000 per project. Directors can apply to the funding for a variety of reasons, including development shoots, cutting a trailer, conducting archival research, casting and other reasons related to development.

In a release, Jenny Raskin, EVP for development and filmmaker relations, said Impact Partners reviews more than 800 projects a year and they often notice that many of the filmmakers’ ideas require further development.

“Development is the most under-funded area in documentary filmmaking,” said Dan Cogan,¬†executive director and co-founder of Impact Partners, in a statement. “We want to change that. That’s why we are making a major commitment to funding the early stages of both non-fiction series and features.”

Those looking to apply to the development fund can do so through Impact Partners’ general submission process. The fund will start accepting applications on a rolling basis on Dec. 1.

Over the past 12 years, Impact Partners has been involved in financing more than 100 films, including Morgan Neville’s intimate portrait of children’s television host Fred Rogers in Won’t You Be My Neighbour?¬†(pictured) and Bryan Fogel’s Academy Award-winning doping scandal thriller¬†Icarus.

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