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Completed Grantee Work

Tracy Strain's LEF-funded film SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART: LORRAINE HANSBERRY had its World Premiere at TIFF 2017. Watch the trailer and learn more about the film.

News & Announcements


On July 26, LEF announced $30,000 in Moving Image Fund Pre-Production grants to New England documentary filmmakers! Read the full announcement.

On May 17, LEF announced $190,000 in Moving Image Fund Production and Post-Production grants to New England documentary filmmakers! Read the full announcement.

The next LEF Moving Image Fund deadline will be Friday, January 25 at 11:59pm (midnight) for applicants seeking Production and Post Production funding. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read our guidelines and to reach out to LEF staff by phone or e-mail to determine eligibility and competitiveness before applying. The submission forms will open in early November.

Because the LEF Moving Image Fund has adapted its application from the Documentary Core Application, you can get a head start on your application by visiting the Core Application proposal checklist on the IDA's website, which will give you a preview of the questions that will appear on the LEF Moving Image Fund online submission form.

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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