more opportunities as of January 2012 - Happy New Year, all!
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
Grants for America’s Media Makers support projects in the humanities that explore stories, ideas, and beliefs that deepen our understanding of our lives and our world. Grants for America’s Media Makers should encourage dialogue, discussion, and civic engagement, and they should foster learning among people of all ages. To that end, the Division of Public Programs urges applicants to consider more than one format for presenting humanities ideas to the public. NEH offers two categories of grants for media projects: Development Grants and Production Grants.
Deadline: January 11, 2012
ITVS (U.S. Public television)
· OPEN CALL ROUND 1 - Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories
Deadline: January 13, 2012
· COMMISSIONED FUNDING - Through commissioned production funding, ITVS is looking to fund limited series (two to four episodes). For this extremely competitive fund, a program must feature content that matches the ITVS mission and excels in the art of storytelling. They fund programs from all points of view, that bring new audiences to public television and expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere.
Deadline: Discretionary Funding
· LINCS (LINKING INDEPENDENTS AND CO-PRODUCING PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS) - Provides matching funds (up to $100,000) to partnerships between US public television stations and independent producers. To apply for LINCS funds, independents must first approach a public television station and establish a partnership. Single documentaries and innovative genre combinations will be considered. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress tape.
Deadline: Year Round
JAN VRIJMAN FUND
The Jan Vrijman Fund is looking for creative documentaries and documentary events in developing countries. When selecting projects, the fund strives to have a minimum of 18% of the selected projects from countries from the two left columns on the DAC list (Least Developed Countries and Lower Income Countries). Furthermore applicants should be aware that the fund’s current budget does not allow to select more than 8% of the projects submitted.
Deadline: January 15, 2012
LEF NEW ENGLAND– PRODUCTION/ POST-PRODUCTION FUNDING
The goal of LEF New England is to fund the work of independent film and video artists in the New England region and broaden recognition and support for their work locally and nationally. LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project embodies the program’s funding criteria.
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: January 27, 2012 ( Not a post-mark deadline, 5:00pm in office deadline)
Please Note: LEF California supports work taking place in California, Hawaii and New Mexico. This office accepts letters of inquiry year round. More information may be found at: http://www.lef-foundation.org/California/CaliforniaFocus/HowtoApply...
NEW FUND FOR WOMEN MEDIA ENTREPRENEURS
J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism has been awarded $250,000 from the McCormick Foundation to fund eight innovative women-led news startups over the next two years. In 2012, four winners will each be given an initial $12,000 to launch their ideas. The winners will receive an additional $2,000 in the second year if they match it with $2,000 from other sources. NMWE grant funding is available for news websites, mobile news services, apps or other ideas that offer interactive opportunities to provide news and information locally, nationally or among a community of interest. These can be solo ideas or team projects spearheaded by women. Early beta versions of projects are eligible to apply.
Deadline: January 27, 2012
THE BERTHA BRITDOC CONNECT FUND
The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund The first outreach and engagement fund from Europe is open to filmmakers from around the world with smart, strategic outreach campaigns that have the ability to achieve real change on a local, regional or global level. £250,0000 a year for 3 years is available in grants.
Deadline: January 31, 2012
THE FLEDGLING FUND
Supports innovative media projects to help ignite social change. Films that create a broader understanding of social problems and inspiring concrete action. Seek well-structured and creative community engagement initiatives to move people from awareness to action.
Funding Cycle Opens Online: January 16, 2012 - February 17, 2012
NYSCA – NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GRANT
Individual Artists (IND) offers support for the creation of new work by New York State artists through artist-initiated projects in electronic media (video, sound art, installations, and new technologies) and film production, and the commissioning of new work by composers and theatre artists. Artists at various career stages are welcome to apply. Because the Council cannot make grants to individuals, each application by an individual artist must be sponsored by an eligible New York State nonprofit organization. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with IND staff well before the registration deadline to identify the sponsor and briefly describe the project.
DEADLINE: Registration January 24, 2011 - February 22, 2011
CDP Funder Report Submission Deadline April 1, 2011 Note: A CDP Funder Report is a required component of all FY2012 applications.
Application Deadline April 1, 2011
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE DOCUMENTARY FUND
The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries with contemporary social relevance. Grants ranging from $10,000 – $50,000 are awarded in development, production/post-production, and audience engagement categories. Grantees become eligible for year-round artist support activities of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program including creative Documentary Labs, Fellows programs at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and the Sundance Film Festival, Work-In-Progress screenings, and editorial and creative support. Notify DFP staff if you intend to apply.
Deadline: February 9, 2012
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE DOCUMENTARY FUND – AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT GRANTS
Sundance Institute Documentary Fund (SDF) Audience Engagement grants are designed to support creative engagement campaigns using film as a tool to raise awareness and create impact. Grants support campaigns that activate audiences and stakeholders around the film toward a specific goal. Competitive projects will go beyond marketing and distribution to initiate engagement with the issues explored in the film and activate participants around the campaign goals. Available on a rolling basis to current Sundance Documentary Film Program (DFP) grantees at any stage of pre-production, production and distribution, grants can range up to $20,000 and may be for partial funding of a larger effort. When applying online please select Audience Engagement as your category for funding request and Notify DFP staff simultaneously.
OPEN MEADOWS FOUNDATION
Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization for projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, and that reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization. Open Meadows Foundation funds projects in the U.S. and abroad that are run by and for women and girls.
Received by Deadline: February 15, 2012
THE ARTS COUNCIL OF THE SOUTHERN FINGER LAKES and the NEW YORK STATE GRANTS FOR ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND FILM – PRESENTATION AND FINISHING FUNDS (must be based in New York State)
Finishing Funds provides support to New York State artists for the completion of film, video, sound, new media and Web-based art. Awards are made annually and range from $500 to $2,500.
Deadline: March 15, 2012 ( postmark deadline)
THE BERTHA BRITDOC DOCUMENTARY JOURNALISM FUND
The Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund is a new global fund awarding £250,000 a year to documentary filmmakers from any country as a mixture of grants and investments. The fund supports projects at the intersection of film and investigative journalism that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues, and cameras into regions previously unseen.
Deadline: Application Now Open
THE NATHAN CUMMINGS FOUNDATION’S ARTS AND CULTURE PROGRAM
Supports artistic practices, programs and policies that encourage cross-cultural and multidisciplinary collaborations inside the US, and give voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities, in order to build a stronger society. Letters of Inquiry on rolling basis. Inquire now.
Year round Letters of Inquiry accepted.
NPBC – AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE SUBMISSIONS (U.S. Public Media)
Afro:PoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is a US based public television show featuring independent documentaries and short films about life, art, and culture from the contemporary African Diaspora. NBPC is looking to support and broadcast strong stories that will capture the breadth and scope of the diversity of experiences of contemporary African peoples.
LABS, COMPETITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, OPPORTUNITIES, RESOURCES, GOOD KARMA, ETC.
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ALUMNI RELATIONS OFFICE
The Sundance Institute Alumni Relations office is an invaluable resource for both current grantees and previously supported artists. The office coordinates events and special opportunities for Sundance Institute artists. To ensure that you receive their emails, please add email@example.com to your address book.
REEL AGING : REAL CHANGE (AGING AND ELDER RIGHTS) (Washington, D.C.)
In a four-day residency, eight to ten media teams with projects about aging, will sharpen their strategies for audience and community engagement. On the final day, the teams will present their projects to the leading relevant regional, national and global NGOs, funders, government agencies, activists, and policy makers. The goal: to embed the film and media projects into collaborative campaigns between the participating media makers and the NGOs. Hosted in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with American University’s Center for Social Media and supported by the MacArthur Foundation. All nonfiction projects that explore the aging experience are eligible to apply, and applicants may be at any stage of production or distribution, from new and completed projects to works-in-progress. Registration Fee: NONE. The residency includes lodging, meals, and materials. Participants are responsible for covering their own travel; stipends are available.
Residency Dates: March 23-27, 2012
Application Deadline: January 6, 2012
HOTDOCS- FORUM (Toronto, Canada)
Hot Docs Forum (formerly the Toronto Documentary Forum) is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing for projects at various levels of completion. Focused around a slate of pre-selected international project presentations showcased in front of a round table of commissioning editors, programming executives and observers from around the globe, the Hot Docs Forum’s intimate and intense format has proven extremely successful in building international partnerships and raising additional financing for both presenting and observing producers. Please notify DFP staff as soon as possible if you need a letter of support.
Final Film Submission Deadline: January 11, 2012
THE GOOD PITCH (Europe, New York and San Francisco)
At this innovative forum, filmmaking teams pitch their project and its associated outreach campaign to NGO’s, foundations, philanthropists, brands and media with the aim of creating unique coalitions and campaigns around each film to accelerate its impact and influence. Documentary filmmakers of any nationality working on feature-length or hour-long independent documentary film projects that tackle important global and national issues and enhance our understanding of the world are eligible. Good Pitch is open to projects looking for completion funding, outreach funding, campaigning networks, or a combination of these.
@Good Pitch New York
Deadline: February 1, 2011(4pm UK time)
Good Pitch Date: May 24th, 2012
@Good Pitch Europe
Deadline: February 1, 2011
@Good Pitch San Francisco
Deadline: May 9, 2012 (4pm UK time)
Good Pitch Date October 2012
2012 BAVC MEDIA MAKER FELLOWS
The 2012 BAVC MediaMaker Fellows program is designed to engage artists in a year-long series of opportunities that support project development through professional mentorship in multiplatform and transmedia storytelling through emerging technologies, strategic social media, marketing, and fundraising.
Deadline: Monday, January 16th, 2012 5:00pm
Late application deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 5:00pm ($40 entry fee)
THE LIKHACHEV FOUNDATION
The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) together with the Committee on External Relations of Saint Petersburg and B. Yeltsin Presidential Center is accepting proposals for a two-week cultural fellowship in Russia from May 7-22, 2011 for American professionals in the field of arts and culture who are working on projects related to Russian culture.
Deadline: January 22, 2012