The Malik Bendjelloul Memorial Foundation


Five years in existence, the Malik Fund has proved to be a source of inspiration and practical support to aspiring documentary filmmakers. The 2017 grantees, Ellinor Hallin and Ellen Fiske, won Best Documentary at last year’s Tribeca Festival for Scheme Birds, now on cinematic release in Sweden. 2015 grantee Jacob Frössén has also successfully released and won prizes for The Heart is a Drum. Our other grantee projects are all in production.

We now find ourselves in an exceptional situation with a worldwide pandemic that strikes at all levels of society. Many filmmakers are unable to pursue their projects or find funding. They are often without any social or economic safety nets. The Malik Fund has therefore decided to triple its efforts to support the community of documentary filmmakers. As always, we are looking for strong projects with international reach in the spirit of Malik Bendjelloul.

Three grants for documentary film projects in the spirit of Malik Bendjelloul are open for applications from 6 May. The deadline is June 5th.

The best projects will be shortlisted by 15 August. 

The grants will be awarded on 14 September.

Apply for a grant here!