How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications. Applications are due  by August 25, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PST

The Catapult application consists of on online form with a written application as an attachment.  You can download the written application document here:

In order to apply, fill out the online form, including the links to work samples and attached written application where requested, and when you are ready submit your application online.  Click here to access online form and to submit your application online.

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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they, or one of their key team members, have successfully fundraised for an independent documentary film.
  • 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 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
GUIDELINES
  • Catapult Film Fund development grants range from $5000 to $20,000.
  • Catapult accepts applicants who can arrange to have a US 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Applicants may submit only one project per funding cycle.
  • Previous grant awardees must wait two cycles before applying for new development funds.
  • Catapult may contact the applicant with questions about the proposal.
  • Grantees must submit two financial reports during the course of the grant period: an interim report, which will accompany a narrative report; and a final financial report to be submitted once the grant is complete.
  • Grantees must submit at the end of the grant period an edited piece that can be used for production fundraising.
  • Catapult Film Fund support must be acknowledged with a tag line and logo–of similar size and stature to other logos in the credits–at the end credits of the film as well as on all publicity and promotional materials relating to the production.
  • Catapult will not return DVDs to applicants.