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.
A national nonprofit media arts organization, American Documentary (AmDoc) strives to make essential documentaries accessible as a catalyst for public discourse. We collaborate with passionate filmmakers to amplify their voices, and to nurture the nonfiction community.
BGDM was founded the Fall of 2015, when a dozen black female documentary professionals gathered for an impromptu drink after an industry event. It was rare for a doc event to have this number of diverse attendees, and we were surprised that many of us didn’t know each other already. The deep knowledge that many of us had spent our careers feeling isolated, tokenized, and undervalued suddenly rose to the surface. This kismet meeting helped us realize that we weren’t alone, and we rejoiced in the connection. After an inspiring photo of the group went viral on Facebook (top right), and after conversations with a sister group of South Asian women filmmakers, we banded together to create Brown Girls Doc Mafia.
BlackStar creates the spaces and resources needed to uplift the work of Black, Brown and Indigenous artists working outside of the confines of genre. We do this by producing year-round programs including film screenings, exhibitions, an annual film festival, a filmmaker seminar, a film production lab, and a journal of visual culture. These programs provide artists opportunities for viable strategies for collaborations with other artists, audiences, funders, and distributors.
We prioritize visionary work that is experimental in its aesthetics, content, and form and builds on the work of elders and ancestors to imagine a new world. We elevate artists who are overlooked, invisibilized or misunderstood and celebrate the wide spectrum of aesthetics, storytelling and experiences that they bring. We bring that work to new audiences as well as place it in dialog with other past and contemporary work. And, we curate every aspect of our events to be intentional community building efforts, connecting diverse audiences in a Black-led space centered on joy and thriving.
Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. We envision an inclusive media industry in which women and gender nonconforming filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, and build fulfilling careers in the documentary film industry.
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
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