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Types of Grants

Development Grants

Documentary Africa will support promising African documentary film makers right from the story development stage.

Production Grants

Production grants support the actual shooting and recording of documentary film content

Post Production Grants

Documentary Africa will support filmmakers in finishing their documentary projects. This stage involves any process after production that leads to the creation of the actual final copy.

Emergency Grants

Serious risks are sometime realized, and the resultant dangers or challenges faced can be significant, imminent and require immediate interventions which may be beyond what has been budgeted for.

Selection Criteria

DocA will consider independent documentary filmmakers working in the following forms:

  • Short Documentary Films
  • Documentary Series
  • Feature-Length Documentary Films


The applications should be submitted by either the producer or the director.


Candidates are required to have directed, or produced at least one short or feature film.

Track record

Selected applicants should have a track record of pursuing and successfully completing independent projects


Applicants will be subjected to a transparent Cultural Test

Previous/ Current Grants


Development Grant


The development phase is a crucial one to start a project on some solid grounds. The grant is for research and development of the narrative proposal, or for attendance to a story development lab and/or the production of a trailer. The applications can be submitted by either the director or the producer. Both must be citizens and residents of a West or East African countries. List of eligible countries Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda. 1