Monday, 7 March 2022
Emergency Fund for Filmmakers
ICFR Emergency Fund
“The number of filmmakers we have been able to help has been significant,” says Orwa Nyrabia, board member of ICFR and artistic director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, “But we would like to be able to help more fellow film practitioners in the midst of this terrible war. For that we are going to need more funds that are quickly available. At the moment support is slowing down as not all of our supporters are managing to meet the emergency as quick as we’d hope.”
The fund supports filmmakers with small grants of EUR 500, EUR 1,000 or EUR 1,500 to be able to assist in covering temporary relocation expenses, legal and administrative fees (visas etc.), to cover initial minor but necessary expenses required during the current situation.
Due to changing levels of liquidity, the time required to process individual requests may differ.
Please note that the Emergency Filmmaker Fund is not a film fund - it does not support projects, filmmaking activities or equipment at this time.
ICFR’s mandate includes across the board support for cases of filmmakers at risk, which applies automatically to almost every Ukrainian filmmaker in Ukraine today, as well as to the many openly and vocal anti-war filmmakers of Russia and Belarus. This is done through lobbying the international film community, urging film professionals and organizations around the world to join ICFR in its efforts and to support our colleagues in such terrible times.
Financial contributions to the emergency fund have so far been made or pledged by La Scam*, the EFAD association as well as the Centre national du cinéma et de l’Image animée (CNC), the Netherlands Film Fund, VEVAM, the German film funding bodies Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, HessenFilm und Medien, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG - Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MV Filmförderung, NDR via nordmedia - Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen, as well as by many individual donors.
The fund has also been in receipt of kind support via advertising from Screen International, Business Doc Europe, The Verdict and Deadline Hollywood. This marketing boost has additionally spread the word and helped to raise funding.
Founded by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the European Film Academy, the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk’s mission is to advocate for and to act in solidarity with filmmakers at risk.
The ICFR’s strategic partners are Asia Pacific Screen Academy, Documentary Organization of Canada, Federation of European Screen Directors (FERA), Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights Geneva, MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MOOOV Film Festival, Movies that Matter, One World Festival, Sundance Institute and Sydney Film Festival.
For all other enquiries about the Emergency Fund for Filmmakers, please contact the ICFR directly at [email protected]
Decisions on the grants are taken by the ICFR Board. ICFR Board members represent its three founding partners, the European Film Academy, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
ICFR’s mandate includes across the board support through lobbying the international film community for cases of filmmakers at risk, which applies automatically to almost every Ukrainian filmmaker in Ukraine today, as well as to the many openly and vocal anti-war filmmakers of Russia and Belarus. We urge film professionals and organizations around the world to join us in our efforts and to support us as we try to be of use to our colleagues in such terrible times.
ld to join us in our efforts and to support us as we try to be of use to our colleagues in such terrible times.
If you wish to support the work of the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk, you can donate to
Bank account: Stichting ICFR
IBAN: NL 02 TRIO 0320 0470 40
Please mention in the payment description: “Donation ICFR Emergency Fund for Filmmakers”
Do you support only film directors?
No. The Emergency Fund extends its solidarity to all film professionals, including but not limited to producers, scriptwriters, actors & actresses, cinematographers, editors, set designers, costume designers, etc.
How do I prove I am eligible?
The Fund aims to be open and flexible. Its procedures start from trust that the applicant is a film professional and is in emergency need. If this is not the case, you should not apply and allow those who are eligible to take priority. Nonetheless, proving that you are eligible consists of providing a brief explanation, a verifiable filmography, an IMDB link, or names and contacts of a few known film professionals who would vouch for your eligibility.
Is this a one-off grant or can I re-apply?
Re-applications are possible up to a maximum of EUR 1,500 per person.
Is the fund only for people who have escaped their territory or can we apply while we are still at home?
You can apply either from inside or outside your territory.
How quickly can you turn applications around?
We aim for the process to take about a week, but at peak times this is as yet an unknown quantity.
How do you protect my privacy?
ICFR will only keep very brief confidential listings of grant applicants for accounting necessity. No personal information will be published. Only total amounts and numbers of participants will be part of the public reporting of ICFR.