Grants of $5000 for Filmmakers from Filmmaker Without Borders Organization

Filmmaker Without Borders
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FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS (FWB) is providing grants to support independent filmmakers around the world. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange.FWB encourages both novice and experienced filmmakers from around the world to apply for grant funding. The application process is designed to showcase each respective project’s alignment with FWB’s mission as well as to outline the filmmaker’s goals, implementation strategy, outcomes, and expected impact.

Goals & Objectives:

  • To empower the next generation of digital storytellers.
  • To promote diverse communities and cultures.
  • To share unique perspectives and stories.
  • To support independent voices from around the world.


  • Applicants from any country are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should be 18+ years old.
  • Applicants should be proficient in relevant digital technologies.
  • Applicants should be able to provide samples of their work.
  • Applications and supporting materials must be produced in English.

NOTE: Completed films may be in any language.

Projects Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Proposed projects should address one of the following themes:

    • social justice.
    • women’s voices.
    • youth voices.
    • identity.
    • cultural exchange.
    • climate change.
  2. Proposed projects should be aligned with the following guidelines:

    • demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity.
    • demonstrated commitment to cultural sustainability.
    • demonstrated commitment to empowerment.
    • adherence to the American Anthropological Association’s Code of Ethics.
  3. Proposed projects should meet the following requirements:

    • 100% of funds dedicated to the film project (not to salaries or large equipment purchases).
    • scheduled for completion within 365 days of application deadline.
    • subtitled in English.

Note: Filmmakers without Borders provides equal consideration for all qualified candidates. FWB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.


  • Grants are available for all of the following stages of production:

    • Development :$250, $500, $750, or $1000.
    • Production:$500, $1000, $2500, or $5000.
    • Post-production: $250, $500, $1000, or $2500.
    • Film Festival Applications:$100, $250, $500, or $750.
  • Grants are available for all of the following types of projects:

    • Short Film Projects (6-40 minutes)
      • Narrative
      • Documentary
      • Animation
      • Experimental
    • Feature Film Projects (90+ minutes)
      • Narrative
      • Documentary
    • New Media Projects (various)
      • Narrative
      • Documentary
      • Experimental

About the Organization

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS (FWB) is an educational nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers. Through various grants, educational resources, and international fellowships, FWB provides youth from undeserved communities with the technical training, media literacy skills, and digital tools to leverage the creative process as a means for interpreting their role in their society.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Film, Imagery

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Young Professionals, Mid Career Professionals, Anyone Interested
Full funding
Opportunity will take place in
Not specified
Required Documents
CV, Copy of Passport, Sample of your work, Recommendation Letter, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Media and Journalism
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
Required Languages
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Filmmaker Without Borders

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