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Doc Society Launches New Perspectives Seed Fund

Doc Society’s New Perspectives seed fund is an international film fund supporting the development of documentary features on issues of social justice, driven by filmmakers who exhibit a unique perspective granted by their connection to the community or issue at hand. The deadline for submitting projects is 26 October 2018.


The New Perspectives Seed Fund is aimed at filmmakers who offer a rare insight of the often underrepresented and overlooked; who see more than what’s being shown in the common zeitgeist. The fund seeks projects looking for stories that break barriers and explore nuance over polarity. The scope of supported projects is global, meaning that submissions are open to filmmakers and stories from around the world.

Doc Society will be providing a consistent and extensive support for filmmakers through this fund. From developing their creative approach, to casting characters, to advising on additional funding opportunities - Doc Society will be mentoring filmmakers on both the development and the progress of their project. In addition to supporting established filmmakers, the fund also aims to empower the next generation of non-fiction storytellers to be brave and curious in pursuing the stories they seek to tell.

Doc Society is dedicated to supporting diversity across gender, sexuality, race, regions, mixed-abilities and class. Talent from non-filmmaking communities are also encouraged to apply. The fund is looking to support documentary pioneers eager to share their perspective of the world around them.

  1. The application for this fund is open for one month. Deadline to Apply is Oct 26
  2. Grantees will be selected within 8 weeks
  3. All Grants are offered with a mentorship component from Doc Society’s Film and Impact teams
  4. This is strictly a development fund
  5. Grants are non recoupable from $5,000 to $15,000 with all rights retained by the filmmaker

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