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 Finalists have been determined! Our judges had quite a challenge with so many wonderful projects. Thanks to all who submitted.

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable


The Prison Within

The Rescue List

Same God

The Winner will be announced on October 4th and posted here.  

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 and application link are posted on

NOTE: To be considered, your proposal must meet the requested submission format. As per the guidelines, the proposal must be sent in ONE document totaling no more than 12 pages. Please download the pdf application to your computer and use the edit feature in  Adobe Reader (or a version of Adobe Acrobat) to fill out the form. Do not use your web browser to open and fill out the pdf. The form will not function properly in Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox. Complete the application, save it, then attach/insert your narrative (up to10 additional pages) to the end of the application and send to in ONE document. Deadline is midnight, June 12, 2017. No exceptions.

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.