Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund - open to filmmakers from around the world / Deadline: 4pm UK time, Oct 7th 2013
The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund is a joint initiative between The Bertha Foundation and the BRITDOC Foundation.
The Bertha Foundation believes that in order to affect positive change in the world, you need activist lawyers, storytellers and social entrepreneurs.
The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund is the first European-based outreach and engagement fund, and is open to filmmakers from around the world.
Films have inspired people to engage and to act.
They have led to changes in law, policy and practice.
They have led viewers to question the status quo and to care more about their communities and the world around them. They have affected the way people give and/or invest money.
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.
The fund is looking to support smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious independent
documentary films with a social issue at their core; films which have the ability to achieve real change
on a local, regional or global level.
Applications can come at the planning, trial, delivery or evaluation stage of a campaign.
For example our funds could support:
• Funding a strategic summit with potential partners including media, NGOs Foundations and 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.
Films can apply more than once, for different parts or phases of a campaign.
What we DON’T fund:
• Development funding
• Production funding
• Completion funding
• Traditional distribution
• P&A spend
Grants will be in the range of £5,000 – £50,000.
Deadline of Round 2, 2013: 4pm UK time, Monday October 7th 2013.