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 no current Open Calls at the moment. Please subscribe to our newsletter on our website to receive updates on the next round of fellowship and grant opportunities. 


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 Application is now open for entries. The deadline to apply is June 29th, 2020 at 11:59PM ET.

The William Greaves Fund   In March 2020, Firelight launched the inaugural William Greaves Fund inviting mid-career nonfiction filmmakers to apply. This is a new dedicated fund to resource 5-7 talented storytellers per year from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities in the United States, and filmmakers who identify as indigenous and/or of African descent in Mexico, Brasil, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.

The new Fund reflects Firelight’s commitment to supporting stories and storytellers that fill our popular culture with nuance, beauty, complexity, and that reflect a broad range of often underrepresented views.

The William Greaves Fund Application will conduct an open call for entries starting on March 12, 2020 and ending on May 14, 2020.

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