Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund

The Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature.

We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen.

This fund recognises such films are often delicate and protracted, making them difficult to fund. With a mission to enable in-depth analysis of issues through long-form investigative filmmaking, we are particularly looking to work with filmmakers with a journalistic background or those who are collaborating with journalists.

It is key that the journalistic intent is embedded within the film itself rather than the film simply being about a journalist or journalistic institution.


Elements we can support:

  • In-depth research & development

  • Production funding for longitudinal investigations

  • Editorial support for long-form documentary structure

  • Hostile Environment Training

  • Emergency transportation

  • Legal Advice during production and post production

  • Legal advice for complex E&O policies

What we DON’T fund:

  • 30 minute or 1 hour productions intended solely for broadcast
  • Profiles
  • News
  • Current Affairs
  • Fiction films
  • Formats
  • Series

Other things to bear in mind:

  • There is NO deadline: funding is awarded on a rolling basis
  • We will be supporting feature length documentary films 65mins+ in length
  • Grants from £5,000 to £50,000 are available
  • Funding decisions will be made within 6 weeks of application, unless your project is an urgent response to events
  • We are unlikely to fully fund a film so it must have international co-financing potential.
  • We don’t fund retrospectively

The Bertha Foundation believes that in order to affect positive change in the world, you need activist lawyers, storytellers and social entrepreneurs.

Lawyers: We aim to inspire and enable the work of socially minded lawyers and are committed to strengthening the field of public interest law.

Social Entrepreneurs: When people have the right tools and opportunities, they are best placed to solve their own problems. We support those using business principles and innovation to create sustainable large-scale change.

Storytellers: We believe in the power of visual storytelling to educate, inform and inspire action, and are dedicated to supporting the creation and distribution of social impact media projects. Documentaries are central to this vision.

The Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund is part of a major new partnership between the Bertha Foundation and the BRITDOC Foundation, which sees the launch of two new funds worth £1.5m over the next three years.

www.berthafoundation.org