Moving Image Fund

The goal of LEF New England is to fund the work of independent documentary film and video artists in the region, and to broaden recognition and support for their work, both locally and nationally. It also supports programs that highlight the rich history and ongoing legacy of innovation within New England’s independent film community.

LEF New England launched the Moving Image Fund (MIF) in 2002 to support new film and video work. The Moving Image Fund provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film’s completion. In this way, MIF offers a continuum of support for selected projects, while also identifying new talent. The peer review panel process lies at the heart of LEF's grant review, inviting non-fiction filmmakers and professionals from a diversity of perspectives in the field to evaluate and make recommendations on LEF's production and post-production applications. This panel is anonymous, and changes every year.

Through MIF, LEF New England champions work that is provocative, heartfelt, and challenging in style and substance. Since its inception, LEF’s Moving Image Fund has supported over 300 independent filmmaker projects with approximately $4 million in funding. The overarching goal of LEF New England’s philanthropic investment is to help build a sustainable and strong community of support for artists and their work.

The Documentary Core Application

Beginning in 2017, LEF adapted its Moving Image Fund LOI and application materials to join a growing circle of documentary film funders who are implementing the Documentary Core Application, an initiative of the International Documentary Association and Sundance Institute.

The Documentary Core Application is a collaborative effort by grantors who regularly fund documentary projects to standardize application requirements, with the aim of fostering greater access and a more equitable and sustainable documentary field. Learn more.

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