Firelight Media

There are presently no open calls for applications.

Firelight Media is the premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight Media produces documentary films, supports filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work.

Firelight Media’s programs include the flagship Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship that supports emerging filmmakers of color; Groundwork Regional Lab, which supports filmmakers in the American South, Midwest, and U.S. Territories; and the William Greaves Fund for mid-career nonfiction filmmakers, among others. Firelight Media also produces digital short film series, including In the Making with PBS American Masters.


The Spark Fund offers support to established independent documentary filmmakers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color, and whose work on humanities-themed projects was disrupted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. This one-time opportunity, which is underwritten by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (#SHARP) Grantmaking initiative, will provide 36 stipends of $50,000 to selected filmmakers over the period of one year, for their use in alleviating financial hardship and work disruptions endured from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spark Fund will be accepting applications from November 1, 2021 - December 29, 2021 (3pm ET). Please contact if you have questions.


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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