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

The fund will close for Christmas from Friday 9 December 6pm GMT. It will reopen for applications mid January.

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.

If your project is highly sensitive and you would like to submit a more secure proposal, please contact Sandra Whipham in the first instance:

Since 2011 we have supported over 30 projects including Oscar and BAFTA winning CITIZENFOUR and Oscar nominated Virunga, The Square and Dirty Wars. Recent grantees can be found in our Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund directory.

We can

  • In-depth research & development
  • Production funding for longitudinal investigations
  • Editorial support for long-form documentary structure
  • Hostile Environment Training
  • Legal advice during production and post-production
  • Legal advice for complex E&O policies

Terms and Conditions Please download and review the terms and conditions, including a sample contract by clicking the buttons above.

We don't

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

To bear
in mind:

  • This is a rolling fund
  • We will be supporting feature length documentary films 65mins+ in length
  • Recoupable grants from £5,000 to £50,000 are available
  • We aim to get back to all applicants within 8 weeks of application. If your project is an urgent response to events we will endeavour to respond sooner
  • We are unlikely to fully fund a film so it must have international co-financing potential
  • We don’t fund retrospectively