Bryn Mooser’s premium non-fiction film and TV studio XTR has partnered with Jenifer Westphal’s Wavelength Productions to launch a documentary fund meant to support filmmakers and their projects.
The Keep the Lights On fund will provide a number of grants worth between US$5,000 and $10,000 to feature-length documentary films to assist docmakers with post-production budgets or personal expenses during the enduring COVID-19 pandemic.
Grant organizers have said that while eager to move forward with the fund, “funding is not intended to push physical production forward when distancing is essential … Our first priority is keeping the documentary community safe, supported and ready to thrive in our changed landscape.”
Keep the Lights On is instead intended to support filmmakers experiencing pauses in funding, distribution or other sources of income.
Grants will be handed out to U.S.-based filmmakers whose projects are currently in post-production and scheduled for 2020 completion. To be eligible, projects must be films that address contemporary issues or premium character-driven with a high-likelihood of distribution.
The application window is now open until May 15, 2020. Application decisions will be made by May 29, with all grants deployed within 48 hours of acceptance, if necessary.
“We hope these grants can provide some much-needed help to our friends in the documentary film community,” said Kathryn Everett, head of film at XTR, in a statement. “Supporting each other is needed now more than ever as we start to rebuild our industry. Keep the Lights On is fast, direct relief to filmmakers in need.”