Grants & Fellowships

Catapult Documentary Fellowship

This fellowship is closed for 2018.


SFFILM and Catapult Film Fund support filmmakers in the early stages of development on compelling, story-driven, feature documentary films. The fellowship includes a $10,000 grant, curated mentors whose work or artistic approach aligns with the filmmaker's goals, guidance from SFFILM and Catapult Film Fund staff, and access to SFFILM's FilmHouse residency and dynamic suite of artist development services.

SFFILM and Catapult launched this fellowship to address the most pressing challenges documentary filmmakers encounter when starting a new project. This fund seeks to acknowledge how often directors must spend the majority of their time as a producer in the early stages of their film in order to get the funding needed to proceed, and how this can impact the artistic vision in the process. By funding early development, this fellowship will allow filmmakers to create a strong fundraising trailer and core application with which they can seek to bring on additional key team members, partners, and funders. The fellowship is geared towards emerging filmmakers who have directed short films previously and for whom this is their first feature, or for filmmakers who have directed one or two features already.

Please note, this application is for the SFFILM Catapult Documentary Fellowship only. If you are interested in applying for the Catapult Film Fund Grant, please visit Eligible filmmakers who meet the requirements may apply to both the SFFILM Catapult Documentary Fellowship and, separately, the Catapult Film Fund grant.