Film Funds

The Ministry of Culture has a support policy in place for cinematography productions.
In 2006, the Minister of Culture decided to form a committee to support the film production and different cinematic activities in Lebanon. (Decree No. 12/2006) The support Fund covers the following areas:
1 – Script writing and development
2 – Production
3 – Promotion and marketing
4 – Different cinematic activities (e.g. film festivals, cine-clubs.. etc)

– Nature of the project: Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, Experimental, Animation and other cinematic activities
– Global annual budget: $80.000
– Allocated amount per project: $5.000 to $8.000
– Who can apply: Lebanese producers (for film Funds)
– Lebanese applicants (for cinematic activities Funds)
– Information and contact: +961 1 807 206 / 239 www.culture.gov.lb

Download Film Fund application
Download Activity Fund application

FUNDS Regional and International

Regional Funds

Screen Institute Beirut

Screen Institute Beirut is a Lebanese non-profit association whose objectives are to strengthen filmmaking and its infrastructure in the Arab region, with a particular focus on supporting feature-length documentary film. The Film Fund offers documentary development and production grants to emerging and proven talents from the Arab world.

Activity: Development/Production/Post-Production
Project Types: Feature-length projects
Nature of project: Documentary films
Funding Amount: 15 000 $ Maximum
Who can apply: Arab Filmmakers and Producers
Information and Contact: Tel: +9611202491
E-mail: info@screeninstitutebeirut.org /Website: www.screeninstitutebeirut.org

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) is an independent Arab initiative established in 2007. AFAC funds individuals and organizations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music, visual arts, and research, training and regional events. In the field of cinema, AFAC currently has three programs: a yearly general call for cinema, and two special programs-The Arab Documentary Film Program for Arab documentary projects and Crossroads for emerging Arab directors working on projects related to possibility and change.
Activity: Development/Production/Post-Production
Project Types: Feature-length projects
Nature of project: Documentary films
Funding Amount: Maximum of 50 000 Dollars
Who can apply: Arab Filmmakers and Arab or non-Arab Producers
Information and Contact: Tel: +961 -1-218901
E-mail: info@arabculturefund.org | www.arabculturefund.org

Doha Film Institute (DFI)

– Doha Film Institute Financing aims to support filmmakers in their storytelling, unlock creativity, connect regional and international talent and create a sustainable film financing model in Qatar.

– Activity: Development (feature-length projects only), Production and Post-production
– Project Types: Short-length films, Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary, Narrative, Experimental and Essay Films
– Funding Amount: For Short Films (5 to 30 Minutes)
Narrative
Production: $5,000 to $15,000
Post-Production: $2,500 to $10,000
Documentary
Production: $2,500 to $12,500
Post-Production: $2,500 to $7,500
Experimental and Essay Films
Production/Post-Production: $2,500 to $10,000
For Feature Films (70 minutes or longer)
Narrative
Development: $5,000 to $20,000
Production: $50,000 to $100,000
Post-Production: $30,000 to $75,000
Documentary
Development: $5,000 to $15,000
Production: $30,000 to $75,000
Post-Production: $20,000 to $50,000
Experimental and Essay Films
Development: $5,000 to $10,000
Production/Post-production: $15,000 to $30,000

– Who can apply: Arab filmmakers and producers
– Information and contact: Tel: +974 6683 6294
Email: filmfinancing@dohafilminstitute.com | Website: www.dohafilminstitute.com

SANAD of Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF)
– Established in 2010, SANAD (“support” in Arabic) is the development and post- production fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). It provides talented filmmakers from the Arab world with meaningful support from within the region toward the development or completion of their narrative and documentary feature- length films.

SANAD seeks out bold and remarkable projects from both new and established filmmakers with the aim of encouraging intercultural dialogue and artistic innovation while building stronger networks within the region’s film industry. It also offers year- round support and publicity for selected projects to help connect filmmakers to potential partners, funding opportunities and audiences.

– Activity: Development, Post-production
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary Films and Narrative Films
– Funding Amount: Grants up to $20.000 for development and up to $60.000 for post-production
– Who can apply: Arab filmmakers and producers
– Information and contact: Tel: +971 2 401 2454
Email: sanad@adff.ae | Website: www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae/en/sanad-fund

ENJAAZ of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
– Enjaaz is the post-production and production funding support programme at the heart of the Dubai Film Market. Enjaaz provides vital post-production financial support to film projects led by Arab filmmakers and production funding to film projects helmed by Gulf filmmakers.

– Activity: Post-production
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary Films and Narrative Films
– Funding Amount: Grants up to $100.000
– Who can apply: Arab filmmakers and producers
– Information and contact: Tel: +971 4 391 3378
Email: enjaaz@tecom.ae | Website: www.dubaifilmfest.com/index.php/en/dubai_film_market/enjaaz

Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Cultural Ressource)- Egypt
– The Production Awards program of Al Mawred Al Thaqafy seeks to assist young Arab creators of all disciplines under the age of 35. The program offers young artists grants to support creative projects in the fields of literature, music, theater, visual arts, films and videos. The aim is to promote the creation of innovative works and forms of artistic expression that, through their circulation in the theaters, concert halls, galleries and other cultural spaces in the Arab region, will benefit artists, audiences and society at large.

– Activity: Production
– Project Types: Short-length films, Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary, Narrative, Animation and Experimental Films
– Funding Amount: Grants up to $10.000
– Who can apply: Arab filmmakers and producers
– Information and contact: Tel: +2 02 2362 5057 | Fax: +2 02 2362 6748
E-mail: info@mawred.org | Website: www.mawred.org/programs-and-activities/production-awards

International Funds

Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF)
– The World Cinema Fund works to develop and support cinema in regions with a weak film infrastructure, while fostering cultural diversity in German cinemas. The World Cinema Fund supports films that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.

– Activity: Production, Distribution
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Fiction and Documentary Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to 100.000 euros for production and up to 15.000 euros for distribution
– Who can apply: Filmmakers from the WCF regions with a German co-producer (WCF region: Africa, Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the Caucasus)
– Information and contact: Tel: +4930 25 920-516 | Fax: +4930 25 920-529
E-mail: worldcinemafund@berlinale.de | Website: www.berlinale.de/en/branche/world_cinema_fund/wcf_profil

CNC – World Cinema Support- France
– The World Cinema Support of the CNC is a new fund dedicated to international co-productions. Jointly created by the Ministry for Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, it is managed by the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) and the Institut français.
This is a selective fund, and is granted as a subsidy either before or after completion of a project. It is granted to foreign feature-length film projects that are seeking support from French co-producers.

– Activity: Production
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Fiction, Documentary and Animation Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to 250.000 euros
– Who can apply: A non-French filmmaker with a French co-production (the film must be shot abroad).
– Information and contact: Tel: +33 1 44 34 38 26 | Fax +33 1 44 34 37 25
E-mail: webmaster@cnc.fr | Website: www.cnc.fr

IDFA Bertha Fund- Amsterdam
– The IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art.

– Activity: Development, Production, Post-production and Distribution
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary Films
– Funding amount: –
– Who can apply: Filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.
– Information and contact: Tel: +31 20 627 3329 | Fax: +31 20 638 5388
E-mail: idfaberthafund@idfa.nl | Website: www.idfa.nl/industry/idfa-bertha-fund

Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund
– Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund and Awards division is a core element of the DFP, granting between $1 and $2 million per year to support U.S. and international contemporary independent documentary films.

– Activity: Development, Production and Post-production
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to $20.000 for development and up to $50.000 for production or post-production
– Who can apply: American and international filmmakers
– Information and contact: Tel: +1-310-360-1981 | Fax: ++1-310-360-1969
E-mail: dfp@sundance.org | Website: www.sundance.org/programs/documentary-fund

Sorfond Norwegian South Film Fund
– Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund and Awards division is a core element of the DFP, granting between $1 and $2 million per year to support U.S. and international contemporary independent documentary films.

– Activity: Production
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary and Narrative Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to 130.000 euros
– Who can apply: Arab filmmakers with a Norwegian co-producer
– Information and contact: Tel: +47 22 82 24 80/81/82
– E-mail sorfond@nfi.no | Website: www.filmfrasor.no/sorfond

Fonds francophone de production audiovisuelle du Sud
(Funds for French-Speaking Audiovisual Production in Southern Countries)
– Established in 1988, the Fonds francophone de production audiovisuelle du Sud depends on the International Organization of La Francophonie and the French-Speaking Radio and Television International Council (CIRTEF). So far, the fund has supported 1,500 film and television works. Its 2011 budget amounts to 1.3 million €.

– Activity: Development, Production and Post-production (for feature-length films only)
– Project Types: Short-length films and Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary, Narrative and Animation Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to 20.000 euros for the production of short and medium-length films, up to 100.000 euros for the production of feature-length films and up to 15.000 euros for the post-production of feature-length films.
– Who can apply: Filmmakers from southern French-speaking countries
– Information and contact: Tel: +33 1 44 37 33 20
– E-mail souad.houssein@francophonie.org | Website: www.francophonie.org/Fonds-francophone-de-production-28896

The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF)
– The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) is an initiative of the International Film Festival Rotterdam that provides grants to remarkable cinema projects in various stages of completion.

– Activity: Production and Post-production
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary and Narrative Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to 20.000 euros for production and up to 30.000 euros for post-production.
– Who can apply: Filmmakers from developing countries (including the Middle East and North Africa)
– Information and contact: Tel: +31 10 890 90 90
– E-mail hbf@filmfestivalrotterdam.com | Website: www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/hbf

Visions Sud Est
– The Swiss fund Visions Sud Est was initiated by the Foundation trigon-film Baden and the Fribourg Film Festival, with the collaboration of Nyon’s Visions du Reel and the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It supports film productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, aims at making them visible worldwide and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland.

– Activity: Production (only narrative films) and Post-production
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary and Narrative Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to $53.000 for the production of narrative films, $21.000 for the post-production of narrative films and up to $16.000 for the post-production of documentary films.
– Who can apply: Filmmakers from southern countries (Africa, Latin America and Asia) or from the Eastern Europe (excluding EU members)
– Information and contact: Tel: +41 56 426 15 33
– E-mail info@visionssudest.ch | Website: www.visionssudest.ch

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
– The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach.

– Activity: Production and Post-production
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary Films
– Funding amount: Grants up between $10.000 and $25.000
– Who can apply: International filmmakers
– Information and contact: Tel: +1 212 274 8080 x28
– E-mail documentary@tribecafilminstitute.org | Website: www.tribecafilminstitute.org/programs/detail/gucci_tribeca_documentary_fund

TFI Documentary Fund
– The TFI Documentary Fund furthers the development of exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. This fund allows TFI to fund many audience-grabbing genres that fall under the documentary umbrella including arts, sports, hybrid and experimental projects.

– Activity: Development and Production
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to $30.000
– Who can apply: International filmmakers
– Information and contact: Tel: +1 212 274 8080 x28
– E-mail documentary@tribecafilminstitute.org | Website: www.tribecafilminstitute.org/programs/detail/tfi_documentary_fund

TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund
– The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute, provides funding for narrative features that are scientifically relevant, accurate, and exciting through the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.

– Activity: Development, Production and Post-produtcion
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Narrative Films
– Funding amount: Grants between $10.000 and $75.000
– Who can apply: International filmmakers
– Information and contact: Tel: +1 212.274.8080 x22.
– E-mail tfisloanfund@tribecafilminstitute.org | Website: www.tribecafilminstitute.org/programs/detail/tfi_sloan_filmmaker_fund

Asian Cinema Fund (ACF)
– The Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) has been an essential partner for Asian cinema with its three supporting categories – Script Development Fund, Post-production Fund and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund.
ACF is committed to help activate more independent film productions and to set up a stable production environment.

– Activity: Development, Post-production and Distribution (for Documentaries)
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary and Narrative Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to $10.000
– Who can apply: Asian filmmakers and producers (including the Middle East)
– Information and contact: Tel: +82 1688 3010
– E-mail acf@biff.kr (Narrative) | and@biff.kr (Documentary)
| Website: http://acf.biff.kr/structure/eng/default.asp

Göteborg International Film Festival Fund (GIFFF)
– GIFFF was assigned by SIDA to primarily support young filmmakers in development countries and emerging economies. Since 1998, GIFFF has supported close to 150 individual film projects and a great number of educational projects around the world.

– Activity: Development
– Project Types: Feature-length films
– Nature of project: Documentary and Narrative Films
– Funding amount: Grants up to $14.000
– Who can apply: International filmmakers
– Information and contact: Tel: +46 31 339 3013
– E-mail filmfund@giff.se | Website: www.giff.se/en/film-fund