Documentary Film Fund

Northwest Film Forum's Documentary Film Fund supports excellent new documentary film projects in the Northwest (including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska) at any stage of completion. 

The Fund offers vital support to emerging filmmakers, helping promising films transition more rapidly from the planning stage to production, and providing a platform to introduce excellent new documentaries into the world.

Our goals:

  1. create more opportunities for regional stories to be told and for regionally produced documentary films to get completed and distributed
  2. foster a greater variety and diversity of which stories are being told, and who’s telling them
  3. provide not just cash, but also professional support, from expert feedback during the process, to access to gear and editing facilities, and other in-kind support such as legal advice and post-production consulting.

From 2011-2013, Northwest Film Forum awarded at least one grant of $10,000 in cash annually, as well as a package of artist services including legal consultation and post-production support, in collaboration with our local, national and international Fund partners (including the Martin-Fabert Foundation, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Alpha Cine, Bad Animals, KCTS 9, Humanities Washington and Rosen Lewis PLLC). Grant awards are competitive and decided by a panel of industry expert judges who review the applications and make the final selections.

The Documentary Film Fund receives generous support from regional foundations and individuals, many of whom supported the Documentary Pooled Fund, which was created by Humanities Washington, and which awarded money to 10 documentary films from 2003 to 2005, including the award-winning Wheedle’s Groove and Made in China.  

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The Ripple Effect

Make an impact on documentary makers from our region by donating to the Documentary Film Fund in November 2014. Here's how >