We support bold documentaries and documentarians for the public good.

Through our broadcast, interactive and engagement programs, we've has nurtured generations of independent mediamakers with direct funding, mentorship, editorial support and national distribution and engagement strategies. In addition, we provide year-round support for the field through artist-centered programs that include filmmaker funds and talent incubation initiatives.

Communicate current realities and new possibilities with digital and emerging media

African Interactive Arts Residency

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The ways in which a story can be told is expanding, and digital and emerging media can communicate current realities and new possibilities. Yet existing barriers to resources and support limits who can create and experiment with new tools, technology, and mediums. POV Spark's African Interactive Art Residency is an opportunity to experiment with digital and emerging media in New York City and Washington, D.C. The three-month residency supports artists from Africa and its diaspora engaged in political and social issues to explore new forms of expression. It's an invaluable setting for collaboration across geographic borders and areas of discipline.

Instagram Storyteller Wanted

Otherly

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We’re looking for women, non-binary, and genderqueer storytellers to explore the theme of belonging, through Otherly, a series of short documentaries made for Instagram Stories. You'll create these creative documentary projects with POV Spark—the interactive arm of the iconic PBS documentary series POV—and the Toronto studio of the world-renowned National Film Board of Canada. Bring us your proposals about love, inclusion, humor, despair, surprise, celebration, and critical reflection.

Share your point of view

POV's Call for Entries

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POV, public television's premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual PBS series. If your nonfiction film has a strong perspective, a dedication to craft, contemporary relevance and a passion for your topic, then the POV series is the best place for a national television broadcast. If you believe the entire country should see your film, POV is for you.

Stories of an ever-evolving America

America ReFramed's Call for Entries

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America ReFramed tells the many stories of a transforming American culture and its broad diversity. In these weekly 60- or 90-minute independent films, the series takes an unfiltered look at relevant domestic topics with personal storytelling tied to familiar and unfamiliar social themes in American lives.

Sustainability in the documentary field

Artist Emergency Fund

The Artist Emergency Fund supports nonfiction mediamakers who are facing financial emergencies due to unforeseen personal calamities such as health issues, eviction, or disasters. These one-time grants are a direct response to concerns about low salaries and overall sustainability within the documentary field, especially among emerging and underrepresented mediamakers. To date, this is the first fund of its kind dedicated to supporting mediamakers working in nonfiction.

During our pilot year, AmDoc provided one-time awards of up to $1,000 each to professional mediamakers residing in any US State, Territory or Indian Nation. Applications were considered on a rolling basis and reviewed based on demonstration of need and professional relationship to documentary filmmaking. The fund is temporarily currently closed for review and assessment.

This fund was made possible with support from Chicago Media Project, Genuine Article Pictures and the Sage Foundation.

Support for bold nonfiction mediamakers in Knight Foundation communities

Knight AmDoc Patron Fund

The Knight-AmDoc Patron Fund will support bold new nonfiction projects and filmmakers directly connected to communities where Knight Foundation invests. Thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, AmDoc is launching a program to grant funds directly to active projects on Kickstarter. The good news is that there is no additional paperwork or application process for Knight AmDoc Patron funding. AmDoc is working hand-in-hand with Kickstarter to review active projects on their platform that meet our funding criteria. After a project successfully completes their campaign, AmDoc will follow-up with creators of selected projects to offer additional outreach support, and the opportunity to gain feedback and mentorship from AmDoc staff.