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AXS Film Fund Logo. The I looks like a film strip. White and yellow lettering on a dark grey background. 

Powered by Bertha and with support from our many supporters and partners, AXS Lab provides funding to documentary filmmakers and nonfiction new media creators of color with disabilities. Awards are up to $10,000, depending on project need.


This program is for creators of color in documentary filmmaking or nonfiction new media who identify as having a disability. We seek to bring visibility to creators who are oftentimes overlooked. While we ask that a person of color with a disability is a key contributor to the project, we welcome diverse teams to apply.

Each year we award up to five creators with grants of up to $10,000 each to assist them in finishing their projects in any stage of production.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for our grant:

  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in a full-time degree granting program.
  • Applicants should be 18 years of age or older to apply.
  • Applicants should be individuals with a fiscal sponsor organization.
  • Projects should be led by a person of color who identifies as being a person with disability.


Projects must meet the following criteria to be eligible for our grant:

  • Projects must be in documentary filmmaking or nonfiction new media.
  • Documentary projects should be feature length films (experimental nonfiction will be accepted).
  • The project is in any stage of production (pre-production, production, post production, distribution). 
  • Projects in languages other than English should have English subtitles.


The following projects are ineligible for funding and will NOT be considered:

  • The applicant and project do not meet the above listed eligibility requirements.
  • Non-documentary projects.
  • Projects in which applicants are hired, employed, or commissioned by another entity.
  • Projects that meet our criteria, but have an incomplete application and/or are missing support materials.
  • Projects submitted after the submission deadline of September 3, 2021 11:59pm EST.

Selection Criteria

Projects will be chosen based upon the following:

  • The strength of the story.
  • The viability of the proposed project.
  • The ethics and accountability of the project.
  • A completed application and all requested documents.
  • A fulfillment of eligibility requirements

Conflict of Interest Declaration:

To be fair to all applicants, AXS Film Fund will not accept applications from current employees, board members, and their relatives. Former employees, board members, and their relatives will become eligible to apply to the fund three years after they leave AXS Lab.

Have more questions? Visit our what we fund page, or email us at filmfund@axslab.org

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