Bertha works to support storytellers and artists who challenge the dynamics of power and injustice.

We provide bespoke funding opportunities for individuals and organizations who use storytelling to build pathways to action against injustice. We also fund organizations that provide training and resources for people to tell their own stories, and we support accountability journalism and independent news.

 

BERTHA ARTIVISM AWARDS

We host a ​global funding program for activist artists to use the arts as a call to action that empowers and mobilizes audiences to become changemakers in their communities.

RESOURCES FOR STORYTELLERS

We partner with organizations globally who provide training, tools and support for marginalized groups to tell and own their stories. We fund filmmakers both directly and in partnership with global media organizations.

ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNALISM

We support investigative journalists and independent news organizations that expose and critically analyze the dynamics of power.

BERTHA ARTIVISM AWARDS

The Bertha Artivism Awards is a global funding opportunity for activist artists,
arts collectives and organizations around the world to use the arts as a Call to
Action – to nonviolently instigate measurable change in a community. Going
beyond ‘raising awareness’ Bertha Artivists will empower and mobilize
communities in collaboration with social justice organizations, campaigns
or movements to achieve specific and measurable change. The first cohort of
Bertha Artivists began in January 2022.

Meet the Bertha Artivists

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Angélica Dass

Bertha Artivist

Decriminalised Futures

Bertha Artivist

Eliza Factor

Bertha Artivist

Empatheatre

Bertha Artivist

Festivales Solidarios

Bertha Artivist

Good Chance Theatre

Bertha Artivist

Rasha Nahas

Bertha Artivist

Sonali Bhattacharyya

Bertha Artivist

RESOURCES FOR STORYTELLERS


Funds for Filmmakers

Bertha provides funding for filmmakers through the Bertha Film Fund and
the IDFA Bertha Fund.

Through the Bertha Film Fund we directly support filmmakers across the globe
who are working on social justice films that challenge the dynamics of power
and injustice, mobilizing audiences as changemakers. Alongside this, we partner
with the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam on the IDFA Bertha
Fund which supports independent, critical and artistic voices from Africa, Asia,
Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania.

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  • Bertha Film Fund

    Funding for films that challenge the dynamics of power and injustice, mobilizing audiences as changemakers.

  • IDFA Bertha Fund

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania.

Past Funds

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Bertha / Doc Society Journalism Fund

Global

Guardian Bertha Documentary Partnership

Global

Media Training, Tools and Support Partners


Bertha provides funding to global media organizations who produce innovative
initiatives that empower marginalized communities to create, tell and
own their own stories.



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Bertha-Kiln Writers Program

United Kingdom

Brown Girls Doc Mafia Directors Grant

Storytelling Fund

Living Cultures Indigenous Fellowship

Africa

Just Vision

Israel, Palestine

Skylight

Latin America

Film Outreach and Distribution Partners


Bertha supports media organizations who produce both traditional and
nontraditional distribution initiatives, ranging from film festivals to cinemas
to TV channels. These initiatives enable content to be seen across platforms
around the world that can be used to affect change on a local and global level.


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Bertha Dochouse

United Kingdom

Bertha Movie House

South Africa

The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

South Africa

FiSahara International Film Festival

Algeria

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Netherlands

Juba Film Festival

South Sudan

Sheffield DocFest

United Kingdom

ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNALISM

To amplify the impact and exposure of under-told stories, Bertha funds diverse
journalism initiatives working to expose and critically analyze the dynamics of power.


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amaBhunghane Centre for Investigative Journalism

South Africa

Declassified UK

United Kingdom

Democracy Now!

United States of America

The Real News Network

United States of America

Image credits (in order of appearance): Festivales Solidarios, Life Mosaic, Elroi Yee, Casey Pratt, Festivales Solidarios, Sama Haddad, Haitham Haddad, Insightshare, Federico Etiene Zuvire Cruz

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