Grants & Fellowships

Environmental Fellowship

This fellowship is closed for 2018


The SFFILM Environmental Fellowship supports documentary filmmakers telling powerful stories about the environment and/or conservation. The fellowship includes a $25,000 grant, an advisor with expertise in the specific environmental topic being explored, and access to SFFILM's dynamic suite of artist development services, including an educational lesson plan. The fellow will also travel to San Francisco and Seattle to partake in workshops and activities that address filmmaking, the environment, and entertainment industry connections.

SFFILM has partnered with Vulcan Productions to create this fellowship, based on the shared belief that filmmakers tackling stories about climate change and the environment need and deserve meaningful financial and creative support, particularly as the environment and science as a whole face new threats. The SFFILM Vulcan Productions Environmental Fellowship is geared towards filmmakers from anywhere in the world with a proven track record of creating compelling, wide-reaching stories through documentary film, photography, journalism, or related fields. This fellowship will support a feature documentary project in development or early production that addresses pressing environmental or conservation issues through strong, creative storytelling that is both unique and appealing to a large audience.

About Vulcan Productions
Vulcan Productions is dedicated to the power of storytelling, producing content and large-scale campaigns that entertain, inspire and change the way people understand the world's toughest challenges. Vulcan Productions' films, television series and digital content spark ideas and turn action into measurable impact. Founded by Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen, the company creates content across all platforms, and spotlights Mr. Allen's work in biodiversity, science, climate, oceans, education, technology, current social issues, history and the arts. Award-winning projects include Sundance Special Jury Award-winner STEP, The Ivory Game, Unseen EnemyRacing Extinction, Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale, Academy Award®-nominated Body Team 12, Mind of a Giant, We the Economy, We the Voters, Ocean Warriors, #ISurvivedEbola, Girl Rising and The Blues.  Upcoming projects include Ghost Fleet. For information on Vulcan Productions and our leadership in generating change through impact storytelling, visit