Catapult Film Fund partners with organizations on programs, grants, events, and initiatives. We are thrilled to work with collaborators who share our mission of supporting documentary filmmakers and the important stories they tell.
Catapult supports SFFILM’s Doc Stories festival and recently launched the SFFILM Catapult Documentary Fellowship. Catapult and SFFILM 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.
For more about the fellowship and to apply, visit: SFFILM & Catapult Documentary Fellowship
Catapult Film Fund partners with The True/False Film Festival for our annual Rough Cut Retreat. At the height of summer, when filmmakers are neck-deep in the editing process, the Rough Cut Retreat offers a one-of-a-kind mentorship experience. Launched in 2016, RCR unites nonfiction filmmakers and mentors in a creative, supportive, and engaged atmosphere. Rough Cut Retreat offers filmmakers & their projects thoughtful feedback to help move films from a rough cut to a final cut with an eye on winter festival deadlines. This year, the retreat will convene at the Carey Institute for Global Good’s sprawling, 100-acre campus. It encourages a free-wheeling environment where filmmaker’s visions are supported by mentors hand-picked for their editorial strength and generosity of spirit. Both True/False and Catapult are dedicated to supporting documentary work whose content and aesthetics push boundaries, and that provoke dynamic discussion.
For more information about the Rough Cut Retreat and to apply, visit: Rough Cut Retreat
Catapult Film Fund partners with IDA’s Getting Real, a biennial conference on documentary media. This three-day conference will attract over 800 participants and is the only gathering of its kind in North America. The 2018 edition will take place September 25-27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
For more information about Getting Real ‘18 and to attend, visit: Getting Real ‘18