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

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications until Monday, February 13, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. PST. For more information, including how to apply, please carefully review Guidelines & Eligibility and Procedure and Checklist.

Launched in 2010, the Catapult Development Fund provides early-stage support to documentary filmmakers when funding is hardest to find. Catapult conducts an open call for applications twice a year, with decisions announced in the early spring and late fall. This year, we will offer twenty grants of up to $25,000 USD to filmmakers in development with a documentary feature or short. We do not support docuseries at this time. Learn more about previous Catapult Development Fund grantees»

Our flagship program is geared toward independent filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, have secured access, and are ready to unlock critical production funding. This grant can be used for a variety of development needs and must result in the creation of a fundraising piece as the final deliverable. We prioritize artful, moving storytelling and are not tied to any specific social issue agenda. Learn more about Frequently Asked Questions»