LEF is a private family foundation that funds in New England and California. Through the LEF Moving Image Fund, the New England office supports the creation of new work by documentary filmmakers living in the region, engaging an open application process. LEF California funds projects proactively.

Moving Image Fund

Featured Work

Jodie Mack's LEF-funded film THE GRAND BIZARRE had its world premiere at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival, before screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. Learn more about the film in a recent filmmaker interview with Cinema Scope.

Read the full interview here

Moving Image Fund

News & Announcements

News from LEF England: After 10 years at LEF, Program Director Sara Archambault will be stepping down to begin a new chapter in her career, while continuing to serve as Programmer for LEF's documentary screening series the DocYard in the coming year. Read the full announcement.

LEF Foundation and the Film Study Center at Harvard University are excited to announce the awarding of our first Film Study Center-LEF Foundation Fellowship to Boston-area filmmaker James Rutenbeck! Read the full announcement on the FSC website and learn more about this opportunity. Questions about this fellowship program can be sent to LEF Program Officer Gen Carmel at gen@lef-foundation.org

LEF is excited to announce 10 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $190,000 in production and post-production support for New England-based filmmakers.

The LEF Moving Image Fund pre-production grant deadline has passed on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:59pm (midnight). Applicants will be notified of award decisions by mid-July.

The next LEF Moving Image Fund deadline for projects in production and post-production will be in January 2020. LEF grants are open to New England-based filmmakers seeking funding for feature non-fiction film projects. In order to be considered, applicants must submit a letter of inquiry form, including up to 10 minutes of sample footage from the current project. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the LEF New England Moving Image Fund guidelines and frequently asked questions to determine if your project is eligible and a good fit for LEF's funding priorities before beginning an application. Start here

Because the LEF Moving Image Fund has adapted its application from the Documentary Core Application, you might already have a head start on your LEF application or letter of inquiry if you've submitted a grant proposal to another funder that uses the Core. Learn more on the Core Application website

The Spring 2019 season of new and artful documentary programming at The DocYard  takes place on Monday nights at the Brattle Theatre from February 11 through June 10, 2019! Learn more about this season's programming at The DocYard's website

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