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Documentary Development Initiative

ABOUT THE INITIATIVE

The Documentary Development Initiative is a new partnership between The Gotham and HBO Documentary Films. The program is created for storytellers who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or storytellers with disabilities. The program’s intent is to provide resources to develop thought-provoking, character-driven contemporary ideas for documentary films and limited series.

Through this initiative, up to 10 selected filmmakers will be given grants of $50,000 for research and creative development at an early stage. HBO and The Gotham will provide resources and mentorship to support the development of documentary projects. Initial funding may be used for creative development and ideation, research, treatment development, securing access, initial shooting and the production of work samples, trailers, etc.

A grant from the fund would usually be the “first money in” from an outside source, though in some cases it could be a supplement to another initial small grant. The opportunity will exist for select grantees to receive follow-up grants for additional development. Grantees will also be paired with an established documentary filmmaker who will serve as their mentor for the duration of the program.

Ideas generated through the Initiative will be offered to HBO on a “first-look” basis, giving HBO the first opportunity to make an offer to develop them further.

Funding for these grants are sponsored by HBO Documentary Films, OneFifty and WBD Access.

Notifications

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Notification of acceptance status will be in September 2022.

Please do not contact the office to receive status updates. If you have not heard from us, your application is still under consideration.

Please note: This application can’t be saved and returned to for more editing. We recommend that you compose answers to the essay type questions in an offline document and then copy your answers into the application fields in one sitting.

APPLICANT INFO

Self Identification

BIO, STATEMENT OF INTENT, CURRENT SUPPORT & CREATIVE VOICE ESSAY

Tell us about yourself and provide a short statement on your connection to the LGBTQIA and/or BIPOC community. Please write your bio.
(Limit: 300 words)

Indicate topics that are of interest to you for potential exploration and development, and/or some ideas that you connect with most. Explain why these topics are important to you and how your past work might influence or inform what you want to accomplish next? Please write your statement of intent.
(Limit: 500 words)

If any current topics/projects mentioned above have already received some level of financial support, please list the level of support and the supporters/funders. Please list any current support. If none enter N/A.
(Limit: 150 words)

The objective of this program is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers of historically excluded communities. Please tell us about your creative voice and why you think it has been historically excluded in the documentary space.
(Limit: 500 words)

ATTACHMENTS: CV, Samples of Completed WORK

FOR RESUME / CV UPLOAD, PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FILE NAMING CONVENTION:

  • RESUME-FIRSTNAME-LASTNAME.pdf
  • Example: "RESUME-ISSA-RAE.pdf"

Acceptable file type: .pdf

Briefly give us context on the sample(s) you're uploading below, detailing your goals and accomplishments with them. Please describe your submitted works:
(Limit: 300 words)

Note: all films must have been created in the past 10 years.

Note: all films must have been created in the past 10 years.

AGREEMENT / SUBMISSION

Please review your entire application to ensure all fields are properly completed and files and attachments are uploaded correctly BEFORE you click SUBMIT.

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