SDF Rebrands With New Logo And Website

Over the past year, the Southern Documentary Fund has worked to re-align resources and programs to better serve our Southern makers. We’ve awarded 15 Emergency Research & Development grants, hosted virtual events, and provided opportunities for feedback from our makers. We felt it was time our branding better reflect this new direction and had the […]

Meet Kristy Breneman, SDF’s New Artist Development Director

Durham, NC – November 13, 2020 –  The Southern Documentary Fund is proud to announce the appointment of Kristy Breneman in the role of Artist Development Director. Kristy will oversee the organization’s many programs serving documentary makers living or working in the American South, including Fiscal Sponsorships. SDF is currently sponsoring over 75 inspiring and […]

SDF Receives South Arts Resilience Fund Grant to Upgrade Technology and Create NEW VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING

The Southern Documentary Fund today announced receipt of a grant from The South Arts Resilience Fund in the amount of $30,000. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the fund aims to build the long-term resiliency of our arts organization amidst the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. SDF will fulfill these aims principally by […]

2020 SDF Emergency Research & Development Grant Awardees

Southern Documentary Fund Announces Awardees of Emergency Research & Development Grants Durham, North Carolina. July 15, 2020 – The Southern Documentary Fund  (SDF), a nonprofit arts organization that cultivates and provides support to documentary projects made in or about the American South, today announced the award of 15 SDF Emergency Research and Development Grants. These […]

SDF Statement of Solidarity

The Southern Documentary Fund has a long history of supporting diverse makers who tell stories that promote racial and social justice. In this period of tragedy and turmoil, we join our voices with those who protest and demand real and lasting societal change.  We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and […]


If you’re a Southern Maker interested in applying for the Southern Documentary Fund’s Emergency Research and Development Grant, we encourage you to attend one of our information sessions led by SDF Interim Executive Director, Peter Gilbert. Each session will give an overview of SDF’s Research & Development Grant, eligibility requirements, and tips for writing a […]


The Southern Documentary Fund Selected 20 Documentary Film Projects to Receive Grants Totaling $150,000 DURHAM, NC (December 23, 2019) The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) is proud to announce the documentary film projects awarded Research & Development (10) and Production Grants (10) aimed at supporting Southern filmmakers with compelling stories to tell.  The 20 selected documentary film […]

SDF is Seeking a New Executive Director!

THE OPPORTUNITY The next Executive Director will join a dynamic organization at a pivotal moment in its venerable history. Southern Documentary Fund recently expanded its programming and grantmaking. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to leverage the success of its recent films, programs, and historical legacy to set an ambitious strategic direction for the […]

6th Annual Artists Convening – Sept 6 – 8, 2019

Register here! FULL SCHEDULE:  Friday, Sept 6th @ The Fruit   305 S Dillard St., Durham NC 27701 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Registration/check-in 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Who Tells The Story?  in partnership with Working Films Storyshift initiative Town hall-style discussion on accountability, collaboration and authenticity in storytelling. 6:00 – 7:30 pm: SDF Showcase 4 films in the pipeline, with 10-minute […]