Are you in the pre-production phase of making a documentary? The LEF Foundation sponsors filmmakers in the early stages of movie-making. The foundation gives out eight $5,000 grants a year for pre-production, six $15,000 grants for films in productions, and three $25,000 grants. The fall in-house deadline is September 17th, 2010 so hurry and apply. Grants may be used for research, travel, location scouting, story development, fundraising and editing.
LEF is a privately run family foundation that promotes filmmakers creating movies and documentaries that show the world in a different light. Their focus is on the early stages of filmmaking to encourage directors to start new projects and jump start the creative process. Funding is focused in two regions: New England and California.
LEF New England advocates and supports projects from both budding and seasoned filmmakers. Through their grants LEF hopes to strengthen the community of artists in the New England area. Leah Mahan of Boston received a pre-production grant for her film Turkey Creek in 2003. Turkey Creek received a Sundance Contemporary Issue Doc Grant this year.