Firelight Media

There are presently no open calls for applications.

Firelight is a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight produces documentary films, supports emerging filmmakers, and cultivates audiences for their work. Firelight films have garnered multiple Primetime Emmys, Peabodys, and Sundance awards. Among them, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and Freedom Riders. Firelight’s programs include the Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship that supports emerging filmmakers of color; Groundwork, which supports early stage filmmakers in the American south, midwest, and U.S. Territories; and the brand new William Greaves Fund aimed at supporting mid-career filmmakers developing new feature documentaries. In addition to a focus on excellence in filmmaking, Firelight develops strategies, partnerships and materials to reach and engage diverse audiences and maximize the impact of documentary films.


There are currently no open calls.


Documentary Lab Open CallIn 2008, Firelight expanded its mission and created the Documentary Lab, a flagship mentorship program that seeks out and develops emerging diverse filmmakers. The Lab provides filmmakers with one-on-one support, funding, professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

The Documentary Lab is unrivaled in its representation of diverse producers, creating an exclusive network of talented unique storytellers that receive ongoing support from a project’s conception to its completion.

The Firelight Media Documentary Lab Open Call accepted applications from May 3, 2021 - June 15, 2021. The application is currently closed.

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The William Greaves Fund   In March 2020, Firelight Media launched the inaugural William Greaves Fund for mid-career nonfiction filmmakers of color . It resources talented storytellers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities in the United States, as well as filmmakers from Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Colombia with a particular interest in those who identify as being of indigenous and/or of African descent. The William Greaves Fund started accepting applications for the second year of the Fund on March 15, 2021 and closed on May 1, 2021.

Impact Campaign Fund In 2020, Firelight Media launched the Impact Campaign Fund to address a resource gap in the nonfiction space for impact and audience engagement-related projects by and for communities of color in the U.S. On March 1, 2021, Firelight Media started accepting applications for the second year of the Fund and the application closed on April 15, 2021. This is a dedicated fund to resource audience engagement and impact campaigns led by current or former Firelight supported artists and alumni.

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