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Diversity Development Fund

Another funding source Film Ally is proud to offer our readers when shopping for financing, is the Diversity Development Fund. Unlike some of the other funds we have included on our website, Diversity seeks filmmakers of color who create inclusive public media programming. Filmmakers who craft stories that are not usually seen on public media. These producers have access to $25,000 for R&D pre-production development of non-fiction projects. Another important difference we discovered is the Diversity Development Fund is not a grant. Development funding is offered to those who assign certain rights to ITVS during the term of your contract. DDF supports non-fiction projects that are not in production and have a screen time of 30 or 60 minutes. Eligibility requirements are as follows.

  • This Fund is restricted to persons of color.
  • Applicants are required to maintain editorial control of your story and own the copyright of your production.
  • You cannot be employed as a director or producer by a film studio or broadcast entity.
  • Prior television or film production experience as a director, co-director co-producer, or producer is required.
  • Finally, you must be 18 or older, a legal resident or citizen of the U.S.A or external territories.

Once you submit your application, within 3 months a notice will be sent regarding your status. If you are included in the group of finalists, you are required to submit more information about your project and a more detailed budget. Again, The Diversity Development Fund does not offer Grants. But they support R&D for pre-prod projects. They also help applicants create a treatment, project plan, and a work sample, tools that will help you apply for production funding.

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