About Us

DOCUBOX is an East African Documentary Film Fund.

We exist to enable talented, driven, focused and accountable East African artists to produce unique films that unearth new realities and cross trans-national boundaries. Through training, development and production grants, screenings for people who love documentary films, we promote East African filmmakers and share their unique stories with the world through creative documentary.

We currently do not fund fiction.


To enable talented, driven, and focused East African filmmakers, with important and unique stories to tell, to produce high impact independent documentary films that unearth new realities about worlds, identities, and people for audiences in East Africa and around the world.


A region where independent factual films made by a growing and networked community of talented filmmakers are innovatively distributed, urgently watched, discussed, and demanded by citizens whose lives and views of themselves change for the better as a result.

Our Core Values

Creativity:…the ability to use the imagination to develop new and original ideas or things, especially in an artistic context
Innovation:…the act or process of inventing or introducing something new
Freedom of expression:…the right of every individual to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Independence:…freedom from dependence on or control by another person, organization, or state
Inclusivity:…an intention or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as the youth, those who are handicapped or learning-disabled, or racial and sexual minorities.
Equality:…rights, treatment, quantity, or value equal to all others in a given group
Collaboration:…the act of working together with one or more people in order to achieve something
Diversity:…a variety of something such as opinion, color, or style
Community:…a group of people with a common background or with shared interests within society
Integrity:…the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards

Our Manifesto

We believe good documentaries are intimate observations of the world’s identities and people captured by talented, driven, creative filmmakers –films able to uncover new realities because they are authored by authentic local voices, films that offer viewers new perspectives of society. We want to create an authentic body of work that provides personalized glimpses into world, issues and lives that would ordinarily remain undocumented. We want to create a movement that will challenge ideas and assumptions about the world as we know and live it and provoke healthy, democratic dialogue and debate between our fellow citizens. We believe that to change and inspire society, we need to support films that can spark off debate, films that get talked about, films that contribute to the formation of a vibrant documentary film movement across eastern Africa. And we want to do this because we believe that stories well told can make the world a better place to live.

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