Resources for Filmmaker Residencies

Looking for the ideal filmmaker residency program? Whether the opportunity you’re seeking is urban or rural, international or just the town over, unfunded or all-expenses-paid, where should one begin to look? LEF highlights a few helpful residency listing sites, each offering a number of opportunities for documentary filmmakers at any stage of the production process:

Arts Residency Network / International

This set of international residency opportunities is provided by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and includes a searchable map with an extensive list of opportunities on 6 of 7 continents, but with most in Asia, Europe, and North America.  


Offered as an artist service in conjunction with the DutchCulture office in Amsterdam, this set of international listings includes hundreds of filmmaker residency opportunities, with most taking  place in Europe. Search by country or discipline.


Also based in Amsterdam and otherwise known as the Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies, ResArtist is an international NGO that offers searchable listings of artist residency opportunities in over 70 countries, along with a list of residency funding sources by region. Listings can also be sorted by deadline date.

Alliance of Artists Communities

Listings of US-based residencies with new and established artist communities.  View opportunities with upcoming or ongoing deadlines or through the directory’s search function. If you’d like to learn more about AAC’s work in the US, their 2015 conference takes place in Providence, Rhode Island this October.

Residency Unlimited

Residency Unlimited is a Brooklyn-based organization that hosts its own artist residency program in addition to offering international listings of other residency opportunities. Search by country, discipline, and deadlined/ongoing applications or browse all opportunities with upcoming deadlines.

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