THRESHOLD FUND

The Threshold Foundation looks to support documentaries that address the most important issues facing the world using a plan of action that is powerful, innovative, and unexpected.


We are in a golden age of documentary films. Progressive issues are being exposed in a powerful new light with various creative channels for marketing and distribution. Documentary filmmakers are filling the void left by a mainstream media that is unwilling to take on the controversial issues we face today.

Doc Society are proud to partner with the Threshold Foundations High Impact Documentary Films funding circle in addressing these issues. Doc Society will invite applications from high profile feature documentaries with the ability to create lasting social impact in accordance with Threshold’s priorities.

Threshold Foundation priorities:

Stories that are not being covered in mainstream media;

Crucial stage funding that will help move films forward at critical moments in their timeline;

Films that tell powerful stories and have a strong point of view and outreach plans for reaching intended audiences;

Films with a focus that is in sync with the Threshold Foundation’s mission to create a more just, joyful and sustainable world;

First time and highly experienced filmmakers; and

Compelling stories that leave the audience with an opportunity and desire for positive change.

Things to Note:

Applications are by invitation only and Doc Society will make recommendations to Threshold Foundations Funding Circle who will make all final grant-making decisions.

Previous Grantees include:

The Oscar-winning WHITE HELMETS is directed by Orlando von Einsiedel examines the chaos of war-torn Syria, where unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as "the white helmets" comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors.

WHOSE STREETS follows the killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson uprising directed by Sabaah Folayan and co-directed by Damon Davis.

IDIOM (HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING). The directional debut of RaMell Ross presents an experiment in representation, examining the lives of two young men living in the historic American South told through real and fictional narratives, as an ode to Hale County Alabama.

RESCUE BREATH. Directed by Elaine Sheldon, an incisive examination of the opioid epidemic and fight for those affected to rebuild their lives after years of abuse, poverty, and drug use. “Rescue Breath” showcases the struggle, strength, and determination that it takes to overcome addiction - and lays bare the internal conflict of recovery

DARK MONEY is a thrilling expose on campaign finance and political corruption inspiring citizens to follow the money and demand reform. Directed by Kimberely Reed.