Many award winning documentaries have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area. In recognition of this fine documentary tradition, The San Francisco Foundation invites accomplished film/video/digital media artists to apply to The San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund for early production support.
The San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund consists of four or five awards, ranging from $20,000 to $25,000, which will be given out annually to support documentary projects in early production phases by experienced filmmakers with an esteemed body of previously created work. Projects should address issues pertinent to the five Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo. The San Francisco Foundation is interested in documentaries exploring issues that have been historically underexposed, misinterpreted, or ignored. Filmmakers must reside in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo counties. Only filmmakers with a proven track record of planning and finishing substantial film projects will be considered. Students may not apply. Individual filmmakers must be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in one of the five Bay Area counties listed above. Artists may only apply once for any given documentary project. If a filmmaker receives The San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund award, they are not eligible again for five years.
The San Francisco Foundation will review applications only once a year.
2008 Key Dates:
October 1, 2008: Online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m.
October 15, 2008: Application work samples must be postmarked
December 1, 2008: Winners will be notified
For complete eligibility requirements, application instructions, and evaluation criteria, please download the Request For Proposals PDF or by visiting The San Francisco Foundation Fund for Artists web page. If you have additional questions regarding The San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund, please contact the Arts and Culture Program Assistant, Kevin Seaman, at 415.733.8508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.