EAccelerate Fund


This program is a collaboration of members of the East Africa Screen Collective (EASC) with DW Akademie on the program ”DW Akademie Film Development Fund”. The rationale for the EAccelerate Fund is to put management and program design of capacity building tools for the African screen sector into the hands of Africans and African organisations. It is a decolonising approach in rethinking financing and sectoral partnerships on the continent. With the conviction that the ownership of the program should lie in East Africa, the “DW Akademie Film Development Fund” will be merged into the “EAccelerate Fund” and managed by Documentary Africa_DocA on behalf of the EASC.

In 2024, the program will focus on supporting the alumni of the “DW Akademie Film Development Fund” through funding and training in the development of proof of concepts/short films from their previously developed projects.



  • Support up to 4 chosen alumni in turning their project ideas into reality, offering grants of up to €20,000 and customized training.
  • Selected alumni who do not have a producer will be matched with.
  • Each chosen participant will also be assigned a mentor to provide continuous guidance through regular consultation sessions.
  • The program will feature 2 labs covering preproduction, script development, editing, post-production, and pitching, with one session held online and the other in person.
  • Participants will be supported in showcasing their finished films to an international festival / market.
  • Contracts will run for 8 months, from July 2024 to February 2025.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Alumni of the DW Akademie Film Development Fund (Year 2021, 2022 & 2023).
  • Willing to develop proof of concepts/ short films from their previously developed project.
  • The alumni should have fulfilled their previous contractual obligations with DW Akademie.
  • Should be willing to have a producer attached to their film if they don’t already have one.
  • Should be able to deliver a complete short film by Oct 31st, 2024.
  • Should be willing to have their film showcase at a selected market or festival.


Submit your application through the official DocA Grants Portal. Please note that it is mandatory to complete the application process including the production schedule template provided below.

The application period closes on JUNE 6TH, 2024. Don’t miss this opportunity!!

Have questions? Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

The program is funded by