How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Please include the title of your project on all correspondence with Catapult Film Fund.

To apply, complete the written application and online form below and submit online. The Catapult application process consists of 2 parts:

1. Written application: Download and complete the written application document below.

Catapult Written Application

2. Online form: Fill out the online form accessed below, attach the written application where indicated, and submit.

Online Application - Winter 2016

Please complete the following form to submit your funding application. Attach the written portion of your application and any work sample links. You will be able to expand on the budget questions in the written application.
  • Please provide the expected cost to complete the film, not including outreach. (Please enter numbers only)
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  • Work Samples & Application Materials

    As part of our application we ask to see samples of your prior work and, if possible, footage of your current project. Please provide links to your online samples below. Although links to online video is preferred, we will accept samples by email or postal service if necessary.

  • Accepted file types: txt, pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, rtf, jpg, gif, png.


  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.