Summer 2014 Grant Application Round Now Open

— 14 July 2014

The Catapult Summer 2014 funding round opens today, July 14. We will be accepting applications through August 25, 2014. Decisions are expected to be announced by December. Please check the Catapult website for information on how to apply and for the online application. Feel free to spread the word and contact us if you have any questions.


Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to create a piece for fundraising purposes. Catapult has two application rounds per year and provides individual grants of up to $20,000.

Catapult gives early support in order to propel projects forward that hold the promise of a unique story that should be told in film. We support powerful and artful storytelling across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.

Catapult grants allow filmmakers to take crucial next steps in the development of their films, such as enabling a first shoot and editing pieces for production fundraising. In addition to the initial development grant, recipients have access to an informal mentorship program with Catapult’s co-founders, Bonni Cohen and Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, in areas including story development, production process, fundraising and distribution strategy.


Catapult Film Fund chose ten new projects from the last application round for it’s Spring 2014 development grants. The Spring 2014 projects include stories about friendship between a Buddhist monk and a five year old orphan, a lawyer fighting for legal rights for primates, a unique boxing community on the south side of Chicago and a story of friendship between a suicidal activist and the filmmaker who is following him with a camera. Information on recent grantees


Catapult is proud of its grantees who had their films premiere at major film festivals this year including Jesse Moss’s THE OVERNIGHTERS (Sundance Film Festival), Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny’s E- TEAM (Sundance Film Festival), and Sara Dosa’s THE LAST SEASON (San Francisco International Film Festival).

Premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s ART AND CRAFT, executive produced by Catapult’s Lisa Kleiner Chanoff and Bonni Cohen.

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