For a documentary film to make a difference, a solid strategy for audience engagement and strong partnerships are key. Filmmakers often lack time to do this work themselves or the expertise and the funds to pay for it. Emerging artists, creators of color, and other underrepresented artists can face the biggest hurdles, despite the potential of their projects. To respond to this challenge, Working Films is offering in-kind strategy development to underrepresented documentary makers with feature films in progress that hold great promise to catalyze action to address critical issues of our time.

In 2018, we will select up to four filmmakers to receive impact campaign strategy development from Working Films. We strongly encourage artists of color, women, LGBTQ, gender nonconforming, and differently abled creators to apply. Selected filmmakers will work with Working Films to customize a package of services that best meet the needs of their individual project and that will leave them well positioned to fully fund and carry out an impact campaign. Service options include but are not limited to:

– Planning, facilitation and reporting out from a one-day strategy summit for the film

– Partnership Development

– Funder Research and Fundraising Strategy

– Creating an Impact Campaign Budget

– Online Strategy

As a result of our work, filmmakers will have a fully developed impact strategy that advances their goals and leaves them prepared to engage future partners, funders, and audiences in meaningful ways.

Impact Kickstart is part of Docs In Action, a program of Working Films supported by the  John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

APPLY HERE by January 8, 2018 at 11:59am PST


This opportunity is open to filmmakers with feature length documentaries in late production or post-production that address issues of social or environmental justice.

Films may feature stories from anywhere in the world, but the applicant must be living in the  United States and planning an impact campaign to be carried out in the U.S.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age as of the RFP application deadline.

Decisions will be based on: quality of filmmaking and content of storytelling; background of the filmmaker and their connection to the issues; the filmmaker’s commitment to social justice; financial need; and timeliness of the topic.

Filmmakers must be prepared for the impact strategy development to take place between February and July 2018. This does not mean that your film must be complete in this time period.

Email info(at) with questions.

About Working Films

For more than 18 years, Working Films has positioned documentary films to advance social justice and environmental protection. By cultivating partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, educators, and advocates, we assist filmmakers in using their documentaries to raise public consciousness and create meaningful and measurable impact.

Responses (4)

  1. Mikhail Gershteyn says:

    I am wondering if you would consider a film that was finished last year but need help with distribution.
    Thank you,

  2. Yee Won Chong says:

    How long is feature length? 40 mins? 50 mins?

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