What makes us different from other fiscal sponsors?

Two things:

On the financial side - we do the bookkeeping for you. This means when bills come in, we pay them on your behalf. We take care of any reporting for grant purposes and when the time comes, we send 1099 forms to your vendors. You’ll receive weekly reports on your accounts so that you can keep an eye on any incoming or outgoing funds. This frees you up to focus on making the film instead of crunching the numbers.

On the creative side - we really see ourselves as a part of your team. This means that we are there for you during every step of the filmmaking process. We'll help you put together a budget, brainstorm places to find funding, and can assist with editing grant proposals. During production we look at rough cuts, provide references to vendors, and offer as much technical/creative support as we're able. When you're finished with the film, we help you to strategize around distribution and outreach. 

What are the fees?

We have a 5% sponsorship fee on all funds that come through our organization. The only other fee is a 3.5% credit card processing fee from the bank on any donations made via credit card. Because of this, we just recommend that any major contributions are made via check. There are no application or annual membership fees.

How do you apply for sponsorship/collaboration? Send us the following:

1. A two-page project description.

2. Project budget.

3. Producer and primary production personnel resume (if applicable).

4. A sample of your previously completed work, preferably documentary.

5. If possible, a sample edited excerpt of the project that is being proposed in the application.


Materials can either be sent via email (to Mira Simon at mira@documentaries.org) or via postal mail to the below address:

Center for Independent Documentary

1300 Soldiers Field Road, Suite #5

Boston, MA 02135


We accept proposals at any time; however, the application process is competitive.

Please expect to hear back from us within 1-2 weeks of submitting.

The Center for Independent Documentary, Inc. is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer and collaborator. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.