HIGH IMPACT DOCUMENTARY FILMS

*Please note our Funding Circles review proposals by Invitation Only*

Our Mission

Threshold’s High Impact Documentary Film Funding Circle (DOCS) funds powerful, innovative and catalytic documentaries that address the most important issues facing the world today with a plan of action that is powerful, innovative and unexpected.

 

Our Strategy and Focus

DOCS works in close partnership with DocSociety to make grants to quality high-impact documentary feature films with potential for significant social change. We believe we are in a golden age of documentary films. Documentary filmmakers are uniquely positioned to address current controversial issues in a way that is insightful, enlightening and engaging.

Our Films

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DOCS first 6 years: https://vimeo.com/316354951/5c494883f3

2019

Philadelphia DA Project
Free Speech Untitled
40 Days and 40 Nights
The Grab
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2018 

Roll Red Roll (Outreach. rape culture & football) - Netflix, BBC3/Storyville
https://rollredrollfilm.com

Dark Money

Midnight Traveler (Afghan refugee story) Amazon Instant Video, AppleTV / iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Network / Xbox, Vudu, Fandango Now, DirecTV. cable VOD
https://www.midnighttravelerfilm.com

Knock Down the House (women in politics, rise of AOC) - Netflix
https://knockdownthehouse.com

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Bulletproof

Welcome to Chechnya

2017

The Edge of Democracy (Politics in Brazil) -Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80190535

United Skates (hip hop culture and roller rinks) - HBO Go, HBO Now
https://www.unitedskatesfilm.com    

The People vs. Agent Orange

Naila and the Uprising (Palestine) - PBS
https://www.justvision.org/nailaandtheuprising/about

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock

2016

White Helmets (Syrian first responders) - Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80101827

Dark Money (Citizens United Montana) - Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube
https://www.darkmoneyfilm.com

Hale County This Morning, This Evening (rural AL art film) - Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube
https://www.halecountyfilm.com

Recovery Boys (Opioid crisis) - Netflix
https://www.jacobsladderbrookside.com/recovery-boys.html

Whose Streets? (Ferguson Uprising) - Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, Hulu, YouTube
https://www.whosestreetsfilm.com

2015

The Bad Kids (SoCal High School) - Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes
http://www.thebadkidsmovie.com

The Force (Oakland Police Project) - Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube
http://openhood.org

2014

The Hunting Ground (sexual assault on campus) - Netflix, iTunes, and GoWatchIt
http://thehuntinggroundfilm.com

Shadow World (Int’l Arms dealing) - PBS and Vimeo
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/shadow-world/

 

Grant Cycle Guidelines:

1

All applicants for DOCS grants must submit to DocSociety https://docsociety.org/threshold/, who chooses films for our docket.

2

DOCS funding priorities are:

  • Stories that are not being covered in mainstream media;
  • Development or 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, aggressive and/or creative strategies for marketing, and outreach plans for targeting intended audiences;
  • Films with a focus that is in sync with the Threshold Foundation’s mission;
  • First time and highly experienced filmmakers; and
  • Compelling stories that leave the audience with an opportunity and desire for positive change.

3

DOCS only grants to organizations with US 510(c)3 status.  In addition to supporting film production, DOCS will fund creative methods of outreach, marketing and distribution that expand a film’s reach and impact.  We prefer to fund films in least mid-stage production with some footage.  DOCS funds both US and international films, with a bias toward English language films.