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… Read more »

REGISTER NOW FOR SDF GRANT INFORMATION SESSION- MAY 12 & 16, 2020

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… Read more »

SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY FUND 2019 GRANT AWARD WINNERS

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… 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 »

FRESH DOCS SCREENING – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 – FULL FRAME THEATER

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 »