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

Announcing DFDF Finalists for 2019. Grant awards will be announced later in the fall of 2019. Thank you for your submissions!

After Sherman, Jon-Sesrie Goff (Director/Producer)

American Exile, John Valadez (Director/Producer)

Bulletproof, Danielle Varga (Producer)

Human Garbage: The Art & Life of the Dufala Brothers, Leveler Media, Ltd. (Director)

Memphis, David Zucker (Director, Producer)

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.

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

The 3rd Biennial Derek Freese Documentary Fund Award goes to
Sasha Waters Freyer, Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable. (2017)

Congratulations to Sasha!   Thank you for all the wonderful submissions.
DFDF is offered biennially and will open for submissions in January, 2019.

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable,  the 2017 DFDF winner,  is the first documentary film on the life and work of Garry Winogrand- the larger-than-life storyteller in pictures of America across three turbulent decades of the 20th century. Artist, iconoclast, man of his time.