Building Bridges Documentary Fund

CAAM is excited to announce the Building Bridges Documentary Fund for independent documentary films about the Muslim experience in the United States. The Fund’s goal is to support U.S. Muslim filmmakers and works that contribute to a fuller spectrum of unseen narratives that need to be told in the context of what it means to be Muslim in the United States.

The Building Bridges Documentary Fund is supported by the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation. CAAM is honored to be a part of this multi-year journey with our colleagues in the Program: the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Hollywood Bureau, and Sundance Institute.  

CAAM is also collaborating with U.S. Muslim creatives and thought leaders within the independent filmmaking community and beyond to strategize support for a sustainable infrastructure and network for the community. This Documentary Fund is the first of its kind created to support narratives about the U.S. Muslim experience.

Request For Proposals

We encourage filmmakers at all levels – emerging, mid-career or veteran–to apply with projects that are feature-length, shorts, or episodic series. Awards will range between $10,000 to $100,000. 

The Building Bridges Documentary Fund will support the following project phases with the stated range of possible funding: 

  1. Research & Development ($10K to $25K)
  2. Production ($50K to $100K)
  3. Post-production ($50K to $100K)

Request for proposals are open Wednesday, April 17, 2024 through Monday, June 17, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Please visit our Submittable page for the application. 

For further assistance regarding the application process including any accessibility issues, reach out to mediafund[at]caamedia[dot]org ( with any questions about your project’s eligibility.