The Southern Documentary Fund is proud to announce an exciting new Filmmaking Residency, to be held each Fall at Split Rock, an inspiring 25-acre property outside Hillsborough, North Carolina. This program is made possible with the generous support of The Parker Foundation, and Split Rock owners/stewards, Jenny Parker and Peter Rosenberg. Split Rock is situated between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill, NC, a short drive from SDF’s offices in Durham. The 25-acre property includes the Parker/Rosenberg main residence, a swimming/fishing pond surrounded by hardwood forest, a boathouse with canoes, walking trails, a swimming pool with spacious cabana, a disc golf course, and a children’s natural playground. The artist residency at Split Rock will nurture SDF’s community of filmmakers by providing an inspiring location, nourishing meals, and, most importantly, a peaceful respite from day-to-day life in order to focus and create.

The SDF Filmmaking Residency

  • Includes lodging at the Split Rock cabana for one filmmaker for 1–2 weeks
  • Includes 3 meals daily (delivered by SDF staff or volunteers)
  • Requires an informal filmmaker talk at the end of the stay


In the pilot year (2015), a small group of filmmakers with active projects were invited to apply. Lisa Sorg was selected for the inaugural residency, where she worked on editing her film A Sense of The Fitness of Things. Please check back here in Spring 2016 for information on the Fall 2016 residency.


  • Projects in development, production, or post-production
  • Compelling southern stories
  • Concrete ideas of how the residency will propel your project forward in a meaningful way
  • A strong proposal and work sample
  • Contemporary relevance
  • Feasibility of the overall project (budget, financing, schedule, and scope).
  • Confirmed access to subjects and story
  • Originality of form, approach or content
  • Potential to generate public discourse and social engagement


  • Applicants must have a US social security number or US federal tax ID number.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicants may be first time filmmakers (if working with experienced collaborators), emerging artists, or veteran producer/directors.
  • Projects must be non-fiction documentaries, 26 minutes or longer in length.
  • Applicants must own the copyright of their production, and have editorial and budgetary control over their project. SDF does not support works-for-hire.
  • Applicants must not be enrolled in a film school; SDF does not support student films.
  • You do not need a fiscal sponsor in order to apply for this residency.


The filmmaker-in-residence will be required to sign an agreement letter before the program (including a short list deliverables), and fill out a report post-program.