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.

Supporting Artist Health during COVID-19

COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund

UPDATE: We have a received an overwhelming response from filmmakers in need–which has raised concerns around how our modest fund can provide the best support at this time.

As of April 9, 2020 we have closed the application portal for this fund to allow us to immediately respond to the first batch of applications in our queue. Our goal is to support as many applicants as we can with the resources we currently have available. All applicants who submitted by April 8th will be reviewed and considered for funding.

For questions or clarifications, contact programs@amdoc.org.


In the face of our global health pandemic and related self-isolating protocols, we have pushed to rapidly to relaunch the Artist Emergency Fund with a revised framework and set of guidelines designed to quickly turn around support to as many filmmakers as possible. This COVID-19 Artist Emergency Fund will provide rapid response grants up to $500 to assist artists with basic needs including food, immediate health needs and insurance premiums. Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the fund is expired.

These one-time grants are a direct response to concerns about sustainability in the documentary field, with overall lack of adequate healthcare alongside loss of livelihood due to canceled production, festivals and theatricals.

In its pilot year, the fund distributed over $20,000 and directly supported 25 artists with medical bills, housing and stopgap support amidst career instability.

The Artist Emergency Fund is made possible with support from Open Society Foundations, Shizuka Asakawa, the Chicago Media Project, Genuine Article Pictures, the Wyncote Foundation and a number of other generous individuals.

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