Seed Grants FAQ

1.  Is the Seed Grants Programme opened to Non-Residents of Hong Kong?

Yes, if you’re aged 18 or above. The Seed Grants Programme is primarily aimed at nurturing and supporting emerging Hong Kong documentary filmmakers, therefore, priorities will be given to Hong Kong permanent residents.

2.  How can I apply?

Please download and complete the application form and written proposal on the application page, upload your footages to Vimeo and send all application materials to fund.hkdocumentary@gmail.com.

3.  Can I still apply if I have never filmed any documentaries over 15 minutes?

Yes. If you have an extraordinary written proposal, footages or work, we may consider it as a special case. Please send your information and work to fund.hkdocumentary@gmail.com.

4.  What are the selection criteria?

Selection criteria will be based on effectiveness to complete the project within 2 years, relevance to social issues and artistic merits.

5.  How much funding would successful applicants receive from the programme?

Funding depends on the scope and detail of your project, in most cases, it will be determined by the film length:

30 minutes or less (Short subject): up to HKD 80,000
60 minutes or less (TV broadcast): up to HKD 120,000
95 minutes or less (Theatrical film): up to HKD 150,000

6.  Are there other support aside from the grants?

Yes. Our award-winning filmmakers and creative team would provide one-on-one coaching, successful applicants could also enjoy 9 months artist residency at the Journalism and Media Studies Center at The University of Hong Kong to use the shared space for shooting and post-production work. Moreover, they would also earn a free admission to the Master Classes with Oscar Documentarians to exchange and meet other filmmakers, scholars and consultants.

7.  When will the results be announced?

Results will be announced in May 2017.

8.  How much time do successful applicants have to complete their film?

Successful applicants must finish their film in 2 years, and during these 2 years, they will need to submit a progress report regularly.

Feel free to email info@hkdocumentary.com for any further questions!