Films have inspired people to engage and to act. They have led to changes in law, policy and practice. They have affected the way people give and/or invest money.
They have led viewers to question the status quo and to care more about their communities and the world around them. But for a film to achieve all this, it needs a structured outreach and audience engagement plan, and the capacity to implement it.
Call opens: June 01 2014
Call closes: September 01 2014, 4pm GMT
The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund, a joint initiative between Bertha Foundation and BRITDOC, is the first European-based outreach and engagement fund, and is open to filmmakers from around the world.
The fund is looking to support smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious independent documentary films with a social issue at their core; films which have the ability to achieve real change on a local, regional or global level.
June 2014: Latest Grantees Announced
The eight films receiving grants through this funding scheme are:
- Ghosts in Our Machine
Dir. Liz Marshall
- The Homestretch
Dirs. Kirsten Kelly & Anne de Mare
- The Yes Men Are Revolting
Dirs. Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno
- The Chosen Ones
Dir. Arman Yeritsan
- The Possibilities Are Endless
Dir. Edward Lovelace & James Hall
- Young Lakota
Dir. Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt
Dir. Jolynn Minnaar
- Freedom Summer
Dir. Stanley Nelson
Social impact can be achieved in a myriad of ways and we are looking for outreach plans that engage audiences, have identifiable goals and partners to help achieve them.
Grants will be in the range of £5,000 – £50,000.
Applications can come at the planning, trial, delivery or evaluation stage of a campaign. Films can apply more than once, for different parts or phases of a campaign.
There are two application rounds per year.
For example, our funds could support:
- Funding a strategic summit with potential partners including media, NGOs Foundations and Campaigners, to identify target audiences and brainstorm how best to use the film to augment existing campaign strategies.
- The development and production of school curriculum packs.
- Support for design and build of innovative online tools to enhance audience engagement.
- Funding for the re-versioning of the feature documentary into shorts, which could be used on multiple platforms including online and on mobile devices.
- Funding for strategic screening tours: through schools, universities and relevant community groups, for political or corporate lobbying.
- Support for an outreach staffer to action the outreach plan, book the screening tour and act as point person between the filmmakers and NGO partners.
- Support for evaluation analysis, capturing data on the social impact of the film.
What we DO fund:
- Strategic outreach campaigns for completed or almost completed films
What we DON’T fund:
- Development funding
- Production funding
- Completion funding
- Traditional distribution
- P&A spend