The LEF Foundation works to support independent documentary film and video artists in California and New England and broaden recognition and support for their work, both locally and nationally.
To that end, the foundation is inviting LOIs for its Moving Image Fund, which champions work created by New England-based documentary filmmakers that is provocative, heartfelt, and challenging in style and substance. The program supports long-form projects with running times of forty minutes or more that are at the production and post-production phase. LEF prioritizes films with budgets of $500,000 or less.
The January deadline includes support in the following categories:
Production — Up to six grants of $15,000 each will be awarded to projects in support of shooting picture and sound costs, early-stage editing costs, equipment costs, materials, travel, and staffing (creative, technical, or otherwise).
Post-Production — Up to three grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to projects for editing costs, rights costs, sound mix, color correction, transfers, and distribution strategy.
Letters of Intent are due January 24, 2020. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
To be eligible, applicants must have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status as defined by the Internal Revenue Code and whose main creative personnel (director and/or producer) live in one of the six New England states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine).
See the LEF Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.