JustFilms inquiry

We support artist-driven film and new media storytelling projects that explore aspects of inequality, as well as the organizations and networks that support these projects.

Considerations when applying for grants

JustFilms accepts inquiries for grants year-round, averaging between 800 and 1,000 inquiries annually. We welcome submissions from any region of the world. Our funds are limited, and we are able to support only a small percentage of these projects through direct grants. JustFilms strongly advises that you use the priorities and guiding questions below to determine whether your project might be competitive in this process. Please note that JustFilms supports a number of organizations that also make grants to documentary projects. We invite you to explore whether your project might be better suited for support through other organizations, many of which are included on resource lists at the International Documentary Association and American Documentary.

All projects submitted for JustFilms grants will be judged on the basis of

  • Artistic excellence
  • Contemporary relevance
  • Alignment with Ford priorities
  • Potential for strategic impact
  • Potential to transform stereotypes, beliefs, and value systems
  • Creativity and innovation in form
  • Potential to build cultural power and voice in marginalized communities

To apply for a grant

Information about your project can be submitted below. The information we request generally aligns with the Documentary Core Application utilized by the IDA, Sundance Documentary Film Program and other funding organizations.

Upon review of your materials by Ford staff, you may receive an invitation to submit additional materials. If you do not hear from JustFilms within 90 days of submitting your application, your project has not advanced in consideration. If you are contacted for further information, the entire review and decision process may take between 60-90 business days, given a number of variables specific to each project.


Please note that we have very limited staffing and therefore regret that we cannot respond to each applicant directly. We do not have the capacity to respond individually to phone calls or emails asking about the status of your submission.