Deadline Approaches: Doc Impact Fund
Doc filmmakers and producers looking for an extra boost should apply to the Inspirit Foundation’s Doc Impact Fund. The fund, which has a rapidly approaching deadline of June 25, aims to assist social impact documentaries in their efforts to increase engagement. The Doc Impact Fund specifically supports documentary campaigns that encourage inclusion and pluralism in Canada and “address issues of racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination.”
In a recent study on documentary impact media, Tracey Friesen noted, “What sets documentary films apart from other media offerings is the ability to captivate large mainstream audiences through in-depth personal stories. The finer details may fade, but the emotional hit often lasts, igniting the potential for the viewer to become engaged.” The ability to change minds proves greater rewards than box office returns.
The fund awards four projects with special interest in works led by Indigenous or Muslim voices with hopes of addressing reconciliation, Islamophobia, and other forms of identity-based discrimination. Funds will be awarded to assist with education, outreach, social media, distribution, and audience engagement. Short docs, feature documentaries, and VR projects may apply.
Teams eager to learn more about successes and strategies for impact might want to consult Friesen’s Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change.