GPFO is proud to manage the Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF) which is given biennially to an independent filmmaker and provides up to $35,000 in finishing funds for a feature-length documentary film with a strong narrative.

DFDF 2017 is open for submissions!
Deadline: midnight on June 12, 2017. Winner will be announced in the fall.

The Derek Freese Film Foundation was created in 1997 to honor the memory of Derek Freese, an aspiring filmmaker who passed away two days after arriving in Hollywood to pursue his dream of making movies.

Details are posted on

Questions? Contact Joan Bressler at 215-686-2668 or

The 2nd Biennial Derek Freese Documentary Fund Award goes to
Michael Collins, Almost Sunrise (2015)

Congratulations to Michael and the Almost Sunrise team.   Thank you for all the wonderful submissions.
DFDF 2017 is offered biennially and will open for submissions in January, 2017.

Almost Sunrise, the 2015 DFDF winner,  is the riveting account of a young Iraq war vet who survives the brutality of conflict only to find that once home, the real battle begins – the struggle to regain his humanity while resisting the pull of suicide.