A growing list of resources available worldwide for documentary professionals
  • DOK Leipzig  |  takes place at the end of October annually |
  • IDFA Docs for Sale & Forum  | takes place at the end of November annually  |
  • Hot Docs | takes place at the end of April annually  |
  • CPH:DOX Pitch Forum | takes place in mid-March annually |

Funding Guide for Arab Producers 2019

Updated yearly, the YELOGUIDE is an exhaustive directory of funds and platforms available to Arab producers working on Arab films without the need
for foreign co-producers.

Sundance Documentary Fund

Annually provides strategic financial support to cinematic feature documentaries from independent filmmakers globally, providing between one million to two millions dollars (US) of grant investment financing across all stages of film development, production, post-production, and strategic audience outreach and engagement.

IDFA Bertha

Supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. The Fund’s goal is to stimulate local film cultures and turn the creative documentary film into a globally recognized art form.

Doha Film Institute Financing

Aims to support filmmakers in storytelling, unlocking creative outlets, connecting regional and international talents and creating a sustainable film financing model in Qatar, UAE.


A New York City-based company that offers adaptive financial and creative support to free the filmmaking process from systemic barriers and commercial pressures to create innovative work.

Arab Fund for Arts & Culture (various programs)

AFAC envisions a thriving Arab arts and culture scene, one that is confident in its expression, openness to dialogue, accessible to all, and sustained locally by committed patrons.

Mobility Funds

International Film Markets

For filmmakers with documentary projects in advanced stages of development and who possess proficiency in English:

For filmmakers with documentary projects in early stages of development who possess proficiency in English:

For producers with documentary projects in early stages of development who possess proficiency in English:

For citizen journalists & media activists:

Reporters Without Borders

A non-profit networked organization that defends the freedom to be informed and to inform others throughout the world.

Amnesty International

A worldwide movement of individuals and organizations that campaign on behalf of human rights abuses, working on behalf of the victims of violations. Their knowledge is based on extensive research using existing international laws regarding human rights. The organization is independent of any and all governmental entities and political ideologies.

Human Rights Watch

An organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of individuals and groups of individuals around the world, working in conjunction with victims and activists to bring offenders to justice, prevent discrimination, uphold political freedoms, and protect individuals and groups from inhumane conduct during wartime.

Freedom House

A U.S.-based non-governmental organization that conducts research and promotes advocacy for the ideals of democracy, political freedom and human rights.

International Cooperation for Journalists (ICF)

The world’s largest organization of journalists first established in 1926, ICF was relaunched in 1946 and once again, in its present form, in 1952. Today, the Federation represents around 600,000 members in more than 100 countries.

Online viewing services for documentary films:

Movies That Matter

MTM promotes screenings of films on human rights in cinemas worldwide, offering modest grants to human rights film events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, particularly in countries with limited resources and restricted freedom of the press.

Mama Cash – Fund for Women

Grantees include groups, organizations, networks and other funding sources for women. They are led by, and work for, sexual and ethnic minorities, adolescent girls, transgender individuals, indigenous populations, low-income populations, single mothers, women with disabilities, migrant workers, sex workers, women living and working in remote rural communities, in both formal and informal sectors.

Mawred Production Awards

This program assists young Arab creators of all disciplines under the age of 35. Their aim is to promote innovative works and forms of artistic expression that, through their circulation in theaters, concert halls, galleries and other cultural spaces in the Arab region, benefit artists, audiences and the society at large.

Crowd-funding sources