To date, the BFF has awarded over $1.3 million to 120 filmmakers and 36 student filmmakers. The BFF focuses on supporting social, historical and innovative documentary and dramatic works. Many of our grant winners have gone on to screen at U.S. and international film festivals, been recognized with prestigious awards, received television broadcasts, and are making a difference around the world. You can be one of them!


FILMMAKERS: All filmmakers who reside or work in the cities of Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland!

STUDENT GRANTS : Students 18+ who live in Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland and are enrolled in a film arts program in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Marin may apply.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS ENDS ON FRIDAY MAY 11, 2018 —get your application in today!

U pdates on Our Grant Winners

The Secret Fatwa , directed by Delnaz Abadi, won the Exposé Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago in March. Congratulations!

The North Pole web series which BFF funded in 2017 continues to rack up impressive numbers of viewers. The series also had sold out screenings in Oakland, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Detroit, Brooklyn, and San Francisco.

How to Make a Pearl from student grant winner Jason Hanasik was nominated for an AMPAS Student Academy Award and has screened at The International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, DOC NYC, Oxford Film Festival, and the Camden International Film Festival.

Mark Your Calendars:
the next BFF Educational Workshop
Shapeshifting Documentaries:
A Toolkit for Filmmakers

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
2:00–4:00 p.m.
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way | Berkeley 94704

Do you have a new idea for a documentary project that is more collaborative than competitive? Would you like to take advantage of digital platforms, and explore new directions beyond the standard feature film format? Can you imagine other approaches where you can gain new audiences, build community, and see how your work is making a difference? Join us in conversation with our distinguished panelists: Helen De Michiel , jesikah maria ross and Elizabeth Miller joins us via Skype.

BFF Screening Series
at The New Parkway
Welcome to the Neighborhood

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
The New Parkway Theater
474 24th St. | Oakland

When artist Mildred Howard, daughter of legendary Berkeley activist Mable Howard, loses her South Berkeley home due to soaring rental prices, it costs Berkeley a piece of its history and its legacy. This story of an African American family illuminates both personal power to create possibilities in adversity, and the broader issue of gentrification and a housing crisis that threatens a community’s diversity.

Join us for a Q & A with filmmaker Pam Uzzell and a distinguished panel including former State Senator Loni Hancock, former Berkeley Vice Mayor Carole Kennerly, former Berkeley City Council Member Ying Lee, and Roberta Brooks, former staff member to both former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and former district director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

The topic is "Creating Coalitions to Effect Political Change."

Moderated by Berkeleyside .


A Special Thank You to Our Donors:

The City of Berkeley | Wareham Development | The Saul Zaentz Company |
The Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation | The Fleishhaker Foundation | The LaFetra Foundation | Bayer Healthcare | Berkeley Civic Arts Commission |
Jonathan Logan Family Foundation | Pacific Gas and Electric Company |
The Robertson Family Fund | George Lucas Family Foundation | Quadric Group |
Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation | The City of Emeryville | Shartsis Friese LLP |
Walter Jerome Haas and Julie Salles Haas | Whole Foods | Sam W. Klein Charitable Trust | Van Acker Construction | County of Alameda Board of Supervisors | Arent Fox LLP | Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

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