Catapult / Deadline: Ongoing


From The Gold Rush Project, 2017 Catapult Film Grant Recipient

Catapult gives early support to propel projects forward that hold the promise of a story that should be uniquely told in film. Catapult provides development funding of up to $20,000, to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, have secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help unlock critical production funding. Catapult  supports powerful and moving storytelling, by filmmakers with a strong voice across a broad spectrum of subject matter.

Please note: Catapult will not be accepting applications during the month of December 2018

Catapult is not tied to any specific social issue agenda and supports and encourages filmmakers to tell a full range of stories on film in whatever form fits the film and artist. As a result  Catapult supported films can range widely in style and scope.

Catapult is looking for

  • Creative, artful, compelling and innovative storytelling techniques
  • Strong story narrative at the core of the film
  • A unique perspective or approach; use of humor a plus
  • Contemporary relevance
  • Feasibility of the project with respect to its budget, financing, schedule and scope
  • Demonstrated ability of the creative team to have implemented previous projects
  • Grant amount should have significant impact on development stage of the project
  • Emphasis on the story not the lesson or agenda of the filmmaker
  • Filmmaker’s credible access and rapport with the proposed subject(s) of the story.
  • Originality of form, approach or content
  • Potential of the project to generate public discourse and social engagement