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Grants to USA Artists in New England
States for Video and Film Projects

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LEF Foundation - Moving Image Fund (MIF)

Deadline Date:

01/24/20 11:45 PM (Midnight)


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Grants to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine artists in eligible states for video and film projects. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support the work of individuals in the New England region to create independent documentary film and video productions. The main creative personnel of eligible documentary film and video projects must live in one of the six New England states.

Grant funds may be used to support projects in production and post-production stages. The goal of LEF New England is to fund the work of independent documentary film and video artists in the region, and to broaden recognition and support for their work, both locally and nationally. It also supports programs that highlight the rich history and ongoing legacy of innovation within New England’s independent film community.

LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program’s funding criteria.

Funding Criteria

  • Quality of cinematic form and technique
  • Originality of filmmaker’s voice, vision, and point of view
  • Resonance and power of the film’s core idea or story
  • Feasibility of production


  • Projects must be long format; running times of 40 minutes or more.
  • Priority will be given to smaller scale projects with budgets under $500,000.

Eligible Expenses

  • Production Funding: Production funds may be used for shooting picture and sound, early stage editing, equipment costs, materials, travel, and staffing (creative, technical, or otherwise).
  • Post-Production Funding: Post-production funds may be used for editing costs, rights, online, sound mix, color correction, transfers and distribution strategy.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177587

Number of Grants:

A maximum of 6 grants will be awarded to projects in the production phase and maximum of 3 grants will be awarded to projects in the post-production phase.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants of $15,000 each will be awarded to projects in the production phase.
- Grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to projects in the post-production phase.

Term of Contract:

LEF does not fund retroactively – any expenses LEF funds cover must be anticipated and not already incurred.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

LEF grants are open to New England-based filmmakers seeking funding for feature non-fiction film projects. Primary creative personnel (director and/or producer) must reside in New England.

In order to be eligible for Post-Production support, the project for which you are applying must have received previous LEF support.

- Students enrolled in degree-granting programs may not apply.
- Multi-channel or installation work will not be considered.
- Applicants MUST have a fiscal sponsor (a nonprofit with a 501[c]3 designation from the federal government) that has agreed to manage the fiscal activity of the grant.
- For prior grantees, a final report on previous LEF grant funding is required. Previous LEF grantees, please see this link for important eligibility information:

Pre-Application Information:

The next LEF Moving Image Fund deadline will be Friday, January 24, 2020 at 11:59pm (midnight) for applicants seeking production and post-production funding. The submission forms will open in November 2019.

In the production and post-production stages, letters of inquiry are accepted for a January deadline each year. In March, the projects that most align with LEF’s funding criteria are then invited to submit a full application. Filmmakers are notified of funding decisions in May.

In order to be considered, applicants must submit a letter of inquiry form, including up to 10 minutes of sample footage from the current project. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the LEF New England Moving Image Fund guidelines and frequently asked questions to determine if your project is eligible and a good fit for LEF's funding priorities before beginning an application.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply, see:

LEF Moving Image Fund
PO Box 382066
Cambridge, MA 02238-2066
T: 617.492.5333

Lyda Kuth, Executive Director
Gen Carmel, Program Officer:

Grant Coverage Areas:

New England

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont

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