Applications Now Open: Impact Mentorship for Documentaries in Development by Underrepresented Creators

Press Release by Anthony Truong Swan
Posted by Iliana Cosme-Brooks

Many documentarians create a film in response to a pressing story in order to increase awareness and understanding of the issue by spotlighting, investigating, or humanizing what is happening. This extends the consideration and forethought of the filmmaker beyond what the film is about, to ‘how can this film be used to make positive change?’ With this in mind, a set of best practices have been surfacing that takes into account how the film will be used as a tool for impact once it is complete. 

What we offer: Story Money Impact (SMI) is offering impact coaching hours to three Canadian documentary films (25–90 mins in length) by underrepresented creators that are in the development phases of their projects.

How does it work? SMI will host a shared ‘Introduction to Impact Producing’ workshop for all three film teams to facilitate lateral relationship building and to introduce the basics of how films are used for change.

Following the workshop, SMI will provide up to 16 hours of coaching to be completed by September 15, 2021 for each film. These hours will be used to analyze case studies and tactics, map the issue area, and review relevant materials, to support the development of each film so that it can be positioned for impact upon completion.

Please note there is a honorarium for the time required for the filmmaker teams to participate in this mentorship.

Who we are: Story Money Impact is a Canadian charity that uplifts the work of independent media-makers by connecting them with allies and audiences to enable positive change. We believe that when supported by aligned partnership, issue-based media can reach key constituents to build empathy and action toward social and environmental well-being. As an organization, we cultivate the field for this work through research, education, skills development, convening, innovation and fostering relationships.


  • Applicants must be Canadian or a Landed Immigrant
  • Filmmaker teams including producer(s), director(s), writer(s) must be majority comprised of creators from underrepresented groups
  • Open to filmmakers from early career to established, who want to learn about impact 
  • Projects must not have started formal principle photography (we know that docs get filmed based on real life, not a controlled schedule)
  • Content must be current and forward looking towards a better understanding of an issue

Deadline: If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply by April 25th 2021, at 11:59PM.

Application: You may preview the application form here. Do not submit this form via email. Please complete the form through the application link below.

We look forward to hearing from you and learning about your projects in development!

If you have any questions, please email