MEET The new Interim Director + Team!

Special News from the Board of Directors of SDF: “We are thrilled to announce Jenny Slattery as the Interim Executive Director. We couldn’t be happier to have Jenny with her depth of foundational and film-based experience to lead SDF and it’s important mission through the coming months.  In addition, Dawn Booker has been hired in… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »


The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Always in Season. Always In Season is a documentary project that explores the impact more than a century of lynching African Americans has had on the United States. As the first documentary feature to spotlight recent grassroots efforts for justice and reconciliation,… Read more »

Register now for the SDF Awards Brunch – Sunday, September 9th!

Southern Documentary Fund just gave out $150,000 in grants to Southern filmmakers, and Mateo Bar & Tapas is helping us throw a party to celebrate! Come join the fun Sunday, September 9th from noon-2pm as we celebrate funding Southern stories that raise up, complicate and illuminate the incredible region we live in. Festivities will include… Read more »

5th Annual Artists Convening – June 1-3, 2018

Schedule for the 5th Annual SDF Artists Convening Featuring a Master Class with filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson! Joe Brewster is a Harvard graduate who uses his psychiatrist training to inform the social issues he tackles as a filmmaker. Brewster has created stories using a variety of mediums that have garnered support from critics… Read more »


The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund present a free screening of documentary shorts, 7pm at the Full Frame Theater: SANTUARIO In Greensboro, NC, a small church community offers sanctuary to Juana Tobar Ortega, a Guatemalan grandmother threatened with deportation after 25 years of living and working in the United States. Christine… Read more »