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Completed Grantee Work

Jodie Mack's LEF-funded film THE GRAND BIZARRE had its world premiere at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival, before screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. Learn more about the film in a recent filmmaker interview.

News & Announcements


LEF is now accepting letters of inquiry for production and post-production grants! The next LEF Moving Image Fund deadline will be Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:59pm (midnight) for applicants seeking Production and Post Production funding. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the LEF New England Moving Image Fund guidelines and frequently asked questions, and to reach out to LEF New England staff by phone or e-mail to determine whether your project is eligible and a good fit for LEF's funding priorities. Start here.

Because the LEF Moving Image Fund has adapted its application from the Documentary Core Application, you might already have a head start on your LEF letter of inquiry if you've submitted a grant proposal to another funder that uses the Core. Learn more on the Core Application website.

The Fall 2018 season of documentary programming at The DocYard is underway, on Monday nights at the Brattle Theatre! Learn more about this season's programming at The DocYard's website

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