COVID19/Coronavirus Updates

Catapult is continuing to accept and review applications and disperse grants within our 3-4 month review period. We understand timelines and production schedules have changed and it is difficult to plan for the future, so please complete those sections of the application to the best of your ability. Feel free to reach out should you have any questions and visit the FAQ section of our website where you will find answers to many of your questions. 


What Catapult Funds

Catapult gives early support to propel projects forward that hold the promise of a story that should be uniquely told in film. We provide development funding, up to $20,000, to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, have secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help unlock critical production funding. We enable filmmakers to develop their projects to the next level, at the early stage when funding is hard to find. We support powerful and moving storytelling, by filmmakers with a strong voice across a broad spectrum of subject matter. 

We accept applications on a rolling basis. You may apply at anytime. Please note the review period is 3-4 months. 

Before applying, review the following information:

Catapult gives early support through development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, have secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help unlock critical production funding. 

If your project is in production, post-production, has a trailer, or is looking for funding other than for development, it is likely further along than what we fund and we encourage you to read through the FAQs on our website before applying.


For additional questions, email us at info@catapultfilmfund.org or call 415-738-8553 and leave a voicemail.


Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18-years of age or older. Catapult does not fund student films.
  • Documentaries must be 28 minutes or longer in length. We do not fund series. 
  • Animation is okay. Documentary/narrative hybrids will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Development funds must specifically be used for the process of completing a fundraising piece, which may include writing, shooting and editing once story and characters are in place.
  • Applicants must own the copyright of their production, and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over their project.
  • Applicants should preferably have previous film or television production experience in a principal role (director, co-director, producer, co-producer) as demonstrated by submitting previously completed work sample. Applicants who have not yet produced or directed their own feature length documentary should demonstrate that they will be working with an experienced filmmaker in a principal role.
  • Catapult only makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, this will mean getting a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project. A film production company or individual, including applicants from outside the US, may submit an application without a fiscal sponsor in place. Once a project is chosen to receive a Catapult grant, the applicant will need to submit documentation from a fiscal sponsor before the grant can be processed.

  
 What we are looking for

  • Creative, artful, compelling and innovative storytelling techniques
  • Strong story narrative at the core of the film
  • A unique perspective or approach; use of humor a plus Contemporary relevance
  • Feasibility of the project with respect to its budget, financing, schedule and scope
  • Demonstrated ability of the creative team to have implemented previous projects
  • Grant amount should have significant impact on development stage of the project
  • Emphasis on the story not the lesson or agenda of the filmmaker
  • Filmmaker’s must demonstrate credible access and rapport with the proposed subject(s) of the story. Originality of form, approach or content Potential of the project to generate public discourse and social engagement
     

  
Additional Notes

  • You will receive an email from Catapult confirming your submission. If you do not receive this email, please contact info@catapultfilmfund.org and add us to your "safe list".
  • If you experience issues with Submittable, please let us know and feel free to reach out to support@submittable.com to assist you further.
     

Please review the guidelines and FAQs before applying. If you have additional questions you can reach out to info@catapultfilmfund.org or leave a voicemail at 415-738-8553 and we will return your call.

What we are looking for

  • Filmmakers with a connection to the story
  • Timeliness of the story and contemporary relevance
  • Uniqueness and creativity of the cinematic approach
  • Clarity and specificity of how the grant will be used

Guidelines

  • The Catapult Research Grant is open to US-based filmmakers only. The filmmaker must be based in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territories.
  • The film must be in early research or development. We do not accept films in production or post-production.
  • Catapult accepts applicants who can arrange to have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Catapult may contact the applicant with questions about the proposal.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Catapult does not fund student films.
  • The project can be either a long-form/feature-length documentary or a short documentary; we do not accept series or fiction projects of any kind.
  • Animation is okay. Documentary/narrative hybrids will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Research funds should be used for developing new nonfiction film ideas. Appropriate uses include: research, writing, travel, crew, identifying and gaining access to protagonists, and any preliminary production costs associated with shaping the artistic vision or capturing early footage.
  • Catapult only makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, this will mean getting a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project. A filmmaker may submit an application without a fiscal sponsor in place. Please see the FAQ section for more details.
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