The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund is the first European based outreach and engagement fund and is open to filmmakers from around the world.

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The fund is looking to support smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious independent documentary feature films with a social issue at their core; films which have the ability to achieve real change on a local, regional or global level.

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.

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. There are two application rounds per year.

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.

Some highlights of the first three years of the fund include:

The Invisible War: early support for influencer screenings on Capitol Hill in February and June 2012 off the back of a high profile Sundance premiere

One Mile Away: creation of an educational pilot around gang issues

No Fire Zone: campaign launch in India and influencer screenings ahead of a UNHRC vote

Unearthed: solar powered film screenings and debates around the Karoo region of South Africa

Judgment in Hungary: influencer screenings in Hungary with judiciary, police and Roma community

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For example, our
funds could support:

  • Strategic outreach campaigns for completed or almost completed documentary feature films.
  • Outreach campaigns for short documentary films or for fiction films of any length
  • Development funding
  • Production funding
  • Completion funding
  • Traditional distribution
  • P&A spend

Before submitting your proposal: We advise taking a look at for some examples and methodology behind previous documentary impact campaigns. Terms and Conditions: Please download and review terms and conditions, including a sample contract by clicking the button on the right side of this page. For general queries regarding your application contact our Head of Film at

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  • Funding a strategic summit with potential partners (including NGOs, Foundations, media, 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