Netflix and Chicken & Egg Pictures launch R&D funding

Up to 30 filmmaking teams will receive either a $10,000 research grant or a $20,000 development grant to be used on a documentary project.

Partnered with Netflix, Chicken & Egg Pictureswhich supports and encourages women and non-binary documentary filmmakers, has announced a funding opportunity for veteran filmmakers working on their next feature film.

The Chicken & Egg Pictures Research & Development Grant provides financial support for up to 30 filmmaking teams to research or develop their projects, in addition to opportunities for peer support, mentoring and relationship building within the documentary making community.

The 2023 Chicken & Egg Pictures Research & Development Grant Award is supported by Netflix Creative Equity Funda dedicated effort to help create new opportunities for underrepresented communities within entertainment.

Eligible projects must be feature films that are either in the research or development phase. The project must also be directed or co-directed by an experienced woman or non-binary filmmaker who has directed at least two feature-length documentaries.

Jenni Wolfson, CEO of Chicken & Egg Pictures, said of the grant: “The unfortunate reality is that it is incredibly difficult for women and non-binary filmmakers to make a living from documentary and a major reason for this is the difficulty in securing funding new projects. Filmmakers face financial challenges in the research and development phase of new projects and often end up investing their own resources. We’re grateful to Netflix for supporting this important new initiative that helps veteran directors conceive, think, plan and write their next feature film and provides financial support during a filmmaking phase that has all too often gone unpaid and unfunded is .”

Filmmakers receive a $10,000 research grant or a $20,000 grant for the development of a feature-length documentary project; and aAccess to the Chicken & Egg Pictures AlumNest community of supported filmmakers for further peer support, mentoring opportunities and deeper connections in the documentary industry.

The research grant supports the ideation phase, including identifying secondary sources, following storylines, and building fundamental relationships. The development grant supports a deeper phase of exploration, including securing access to main characters and collaborators, solidifying budgets, raising funds, developing stories, and other tasks.

Applications for the new scholarship are currently being accepted. The closing date for entries is April 24th, recipients will be announced this summer. Projects will be judged on their feasibility, the director’s work and its connection to the story.


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