LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program’s funding criteria.
Primary creative personnel (director and/or producer) must reside in New England
You always need a Film Business Plan to get funding from investors.
Quality of cinematic form and technique
Originality of filmmaker’s voice, vision, and point of view
Resonance and power of the film’s core idea or story
Feasibility of production
Projects must be long format; running times of 40 minutes or more.
Primary creative personnel (director and/or producer) must reside in New England.
Priority will be given to smaller scale projects with budgets under $400,000.
Students enrolled in degree-granting programs may not apply.
Multi-channel or installation work will not be considered.
Applicants MUST have a fiscal sponsor (a nonprofit with a 501[c]3 designation from the federal government) that has agreed to manage the fiscal activity of the grant.