The Bertha Doc Society Journalism Fund is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature.

Doc Society is extremely proud to be partnering with the Bertha Foundation in their continued fight for social justice without compromise.

Supporting a wealth of film funds that enable the production of documentary filmmaking with a social conscience, Doc Society and the Bertha Foundation are pleased to offer the Bertha Doc Society Journalism Fund:

We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen.

This fund recognises such films are often delicate and protracted, making them difficult to fund. With a mission to enable in-depth analysis of issues through long-form investigative filmmaking, we are particularly looking to work with filmmakers with a journalistic background or those who are collaborating with journalists. It is key that the journalistic intent is embedded within the film itself rather than the film simply being about a journalist or journalistic institution.

From 2017 we are looking to provide more consistent, deeper support for filmmakers, often funding from development through to production, providing safety and security support and legal advice if needed and and giving impact support to existing grantees where applicable. We will also be providing financial support for impact campaigns, if appropriate, to existing grantees of the fund, as well as advice and mentorship on strategic planning.

If your project is highly sensitive and you would like to submit a more secure proposal, please contact Marjon Javadi in the first instance:

Since 2011 we have supported over 30 projects including Oscar and BAFTA winning CITIZENFOUR and Oscar nominated Virunga, The Square and Dirty Wars. Recent grantees can be found in our Bertha Doc Society Journalism Fund directory.

We can

  • In-depth research & development
  • Production funding for longitudinal investigations
  • Editorial support for long-form documentary structure
  • Safety and Security Training
  • Legal advice during production and post-production
  • Legal advice for complex E&O policies

We don't

  • Productions intended solely for television broadcast
  • Profiles
  • News
  • Current affairs
  • Fiction films
  • Formats

To bear
in mind:

  • This is a rolling fund
  • We will mainly be supporting feature length documentary films 65mins+ in length
  • While we're focused on features, we are format agnostic and open to evaluating projects based on what format is best to tell the story effectively
  • Recoupable grants from £5,000 to £50,000 are available
  • We aim to get back to all applicants within 8 weeks of application. If your project is an urgent response to events we will endeavour to respond sooner
  • We are unlikely to fully fund a film so it must have international co-financing potential
  • We don’t fund retrospective activity or post-production costs