Derek Freese Documentary Fund 2019 Application

Thank you for applying for the Derek Freese Documentary Fund. We look forward to reviewing your application! The application and supporting documents must be submitted by midnight EST June 12, 2019. Proposal requirements and guidelines.

File Submission Instructions 

Along with this application, the following information must be attached as a single document up to 12 pages in length


  • Synopsis/Treatment providing a narrative summary, including project topic, subject profiles, and essential story lines, and clearly communicating a vision and theme for your finished film.

  • Resume and Bios highlighting previous credits and relevant experience for the primary applicant and key individuals working on the film.

  • Distribution/Marketing Strategy outlining intended plan for distribution and outreach to target audience.

  • Budget overview of all documentary-related expenses from development through distribution. This budget should include the amount requested, list the production-related expenses that the award would be used to cover, and state how that amount would impact your film.

  • Fundraising strategy that lists secured and intended funding sources. Applicant must either have nonprofit 501(c)(3) status or be able to secure a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project. A film production company or individual may submit an application without a fiscal sponsor in place. Once a project is chosen to receive DFDF, the applicant will need to submit documentation from a fiscal sponsor before the grant can be processed.


If you still have questions after reviewing the guidelines and application, please contact

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