Filmmakers Without Borders supports independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange.
Filmmakers Without Boarders (FWB) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers. FWB filmmaking grants provide funding and support for independent filmmakers to share their stories. Funds are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production.
Both novice and experienced filmmakers from around the world encouraged to apply for grant funding. The application process is designed to showcase each respective project’s alignment with FWB’s mission as well as to outline the filmmaker’s goals, implementation strategy, outcomes, and expected impact.
All applicants complete an online application and submit a variety of supporting materials including a video essay. The video essay is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, describe the project, and explain how it will be successfully completed.
Goals & Objectives
to empower the next generation of digital storytellers
to promote diverse communities and cultures
to share unique perspectives and stories
to support independent voices from around the world
Applicants from any country are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should be 18+ years old.
Applicants should be proficient in relevant digital technologies.
Applicants should be able to provide samples of their work.
Applications and supporting materials must be produced in English.
NOTE: Completed films may be in any language.
FWB is committed to diversity and equality.
FWB provides equal consideration for all qualified candidates. FWB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.
Proposed projects should address one of the following themes:
You always need a Film Business Plan to get funding from investors.
Proposed projects should be aligned with the following guidelines:
demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity
demonstrated commitment to cultural sustainability
demonstrated commitment to empowerment
adherence to the American Anthropological Association’s Code of Ethics
Proposed projects should meet the following requirements:
100% of funds dedicated to the film project (not to salaries or large equipment purchases)
scheduled for completion within 365 days of application deadline
subtitled in English
Types of Grants
Grants are available for all of the following stages of production:
Film Festival Applications
Grants are available for all of the following types of projects:
Short Film Projects (6-40 minutes)
Feature Film Projects (90+ minutes)
New Media Projects (various)
Funding & Support
Grants are available in the following amounts:
Development: $250, $500, or $1000
Production: $500, $1000, $2500, or $5000
Post-production: $250, $500, $1000, or $2500
Film Festival Applications: $100, $250, or $500
Please note that additional specialized grants are also available for alumni of the following initiatives: Tribeca All Access, Women in Film Finishing Fund, Sundance Native Program, NYWIFT Disability Awareness Grant, National Geographic Explorer, & the Fulbright Scholars Program.