La Bonga, directors Sebastián Pinzón Silva and Canela Reyes
The White Doctor, director Zippy Kimundu
Rebel Hearts, director Pedro Kos

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Grant Info

What is the Development Grant?

Catapult gives early support to propel projects forward that hold the promise of a story that should be uniquely told in film. We provide development funding, up to $20,000, to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, have secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help unlock critical production funding. We enable filmmakers to develop their projects to the next level, at the early stage when funding is hard to find. We support powerful and moving storytelling, by filmmakers with a strong voice across a broad spectrum of subject matter. Learn more here. The development grant will close February 28th at 5pm PST.

2022 Development Grant Rounds

In 2022, Catapult will accept applications for our development grant in two rounds:

What is the Research Grant?

The Catapult Research Grant is the newest expansion of Catapult Film Fund’s on-going commitment to develop nonfiction films and filmmakers. Our new program seeks to develop the voices of diverse filmmakers by providing five $10,000 grants plus six months of mentorship and professional development. The grant is open to US-based filmmakers only.

The grant can be used for a variety of needs for developing new nonfiction film ideas including: research, writing, travel, crew, identifying and gaining access to protagonists, and any preliminary production costs associated with shaping the artistic vision or capturing early footage. Learn more here. The research grant is currently closed. Grantees will be announced in February 2022.


Applicants needing assistance to accommodate a disability may request an accommodation at any time. To request reasonable assistance for completing the application, please contact or leave a message at 415-738-8553.

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