LEF Foundation Invites Proposals From New England Nonfiction Filmmakers

The mission of the LEF Foundation is to fund the work of independent documentary film and video artists in New England and California and broaden recognition and support for their work, both locally and nationally.

To that end, the foundation welcomes LOIs for its Moving Image Fund, which champions work created by New England-based filmmakers that is provocative, heartfelt, and challenging in style and substance. The program supports feature-length nonfiction projects with running times of forty minutes or more and prioritizes films with budgets of $500,000 and under.

The June call includes support for the following categories:

Pre-Production — Up to six grants of $5,000 each will be awarded for research, travel, location scouting, script or storyboard development, experimentation with shooting picture and sound, distribution planning, fundraising, trailer creation, and/or schedule and budget development.

Early Development — Up to six grants of $2,500 each will be awarded for research, travel, location scouting, script or storyboard development, experimentation with shooting picture and sound, distribution planning, fundraising, trailer creation, and schedule and budget development.  

To be eligible, applicants must have a fiscal sponsor with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and have main creative personnel (director and/or producer) living 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.

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Deadline: May 07, 2021