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Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant
What: This grant funds first time documentary makers for travel and
accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April
14-17, 2011. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to
films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced
filmmakers. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its fourth
Deadline: Applications must be RECEIVED BY Friday, February 4, 2011.
Applicants will be notified by email in early March.
About the Grant: Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary
during his short career. Without any formal training in film, he
directed Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story, examining the case of a
methamphetamine addict who stole a tank from an armory and went on a
rampage through the San Diego suburbs. The film prompted Filmmaker
Magazine to cite Scott as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He
went on to make Occupation: Dreamland, co-directed with Ian Olds,
about U.S. soldiers in Falluja, Iraq. It won prizes at Full Frame and
the Independent Spirit Awards. Both films were broadcast by the
Sundance Channel. In 2006, Scott died of a heart attack at age 37.
Scott's work examined how the forces of state power and economics
impact individuals. Stylistically, his films broke convention, giving
audiences new perspectives on familiar milieus like suburbia or war
torn Iraq. He was a beloved member of film communities in San
Francisco and New York City and several points in between.
His friends, family and colleagues established this development grant
to help other emerging filmmakers reach their potential. The grants
selection committee looks especially for filmmakers who somehow
fulfill Scott's example, by bringing a unique vision to the content
and style of contemporary documentary making.
The 2010 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant was awarded to
Mike Brown for 25 to Life and April Hayes and Katia Maguire for
Jessica Gonzales vs. The United States of America. Previous grant
recipients include Robin Hessman (My Perestroika), Cameron Yates (The
Canal Street Madam), Rebecca Richman Cohen (War Don Don), Nathan
Fisher (The Unreturned), and Mai Iskander (Garbage Dreams), among
Past winners have gone on to receive significant recognition,
screening their finished works at Full Frame and other prestigious
festivals including Sundance, IDFA, SXSW, and Silverdocs.  In
addition, they have won numerous awards and accolades, including the
2010 Full Frame CDS Filmmaker Award, which was presented to Hessman’s
My Perestroika.
Criteria: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder and
live in the continental United States; any age 18 or older. By "first
time filmmaker," we mean someone who is in the early stage of their
documentary career and has not yet received significant recognition
(such as major festival play or broadcast). All applicants should
anticipate finishing their first project by March 2012. You still
qualify as a "first time filmmaker" if you've made shorts or student
projects, worked professionally as a crew member on other people's
films, or if you've recently completed a documentary that hasn't been
released yet. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.

Click Here For Application Instructions:

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Are you signed up for the LPB e-newsletter?  I find them a great source of funding opportunities, job openings,  and film festivals dates, and not just for Latino-themed programming.  Today's newsletter, for example, had:


Deadline: January 11, 2011
Through one call for entry each year, Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories reaches out to the independent film community throughout the state to find completed or nearly completed feature-length documentaries. KQED will offer these films: KQED packaging, closed captioning, inclusion in the series website, promotion, and a modest licensing fee for local broadcast rights. In addition one or more films in the series may be offered in-kind, completion resources tailored to the needs of each project which may include: an online edit and a sound mix.
For more information, please visit:


Deadline: January 12, 2011
The NEH has announced the deadline for both the Production and Development Grant for their initiative America's Media Makers. Grants for America’s Media Makers support projects in the humanities that explore stories, ideas, and beliefs in order to deepen our understanding of our lives and our world. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and format and to prepare programs for production. Production Grants support the preparation of a program for distribution. If you have questions, you can contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 and


Deadline: January 12, 2011
America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations grants support projects in the humanities that explore stories, ideas, and beliefs in order to deepen our understanding of our lives and our world. The Division of Public Programs supports the development of humanities content and interactivity that excite, inform, and stir thoughtful reflection upon culture, identity, and history in creative and new ways. Grants for America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations 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 America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations: planning and implementation grants.
For more information, please visit the NEH website at:


Deadline: January 14, 2011
Diverse Voices Project is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private non-profit corporation funded by the American People. POV's Diverse Voices Project will provide co-production funding, mentorship, and a national broadcast on POV to documentary directors and producers from communities typically underrepresented in the mainstream broadcast media. Projects funded by DVP will be broadcast in POV's 2012 or 2013 Season.
For more information, please visit:


Deadline: January 14, 2011
Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV are searching for the next generation of documentary filmmakers!  Project VoiceScape welcomes good ideas, films-in-progress or completed short films made by aspiring filmmakers in grades 7-12. The program provides mentorship to young filmmakers and showcases their work on a variety of PBS/POV related media. Fifteen young people will be selected for Project VoiceScape and will be honored in June 2011 at a ceremony in Washington, DC.
For more information, please visit:


OPEN CALL – Deadline: January 15, 2011
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
For more information, please visit the ITVS website at:


Deadline: January 15, 2011
Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in winter and summer, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the Initiative's mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world. Monies received through the Initiative's granting program are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs, such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems.
For more information, please visit the Global Film Initiative website at:


Early Bird Deadline: January 28, 2011
Final Deadline: February 18, 2011
The call for entries for the Banff World Television Festival Program Competition is now open. The Program Competition looks to honor the best programming across all areas of entertainment, including digital media, drama, and documentary. The Banff World Television Awards is the largest international program competition in the television industry attracting more than 1000 entries for its 29 program categories annually. This year 29 Awards will be handed out during the Banff World Television Festival in Banff, Alberta that runs June 12-15th, 2011.
For more information, please visit:


OPB has a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish the Local Journalism Center (LJC) in the Northwest (there are 6 others around the country). These centers are partnerships between public TV and radio stations in the region, and the reporting will be primarily digital, but there may also be opportunities to do segments for TV and radio depending on the stories and the stations at which the reporters are located.
Position Available:
Investigative Journalist at OPB, Portland
Online Journalist at SOPTV, Medford
Reporter at Puget Sound Public Radio (KUOW), Seattle

Producer/Reporter/Host at Idaho Public Television (IPTV) and Boise State Radio (BSR), Boise
For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit:

Each month Artistic Media Partners Radio reaches nearly 1 million listeners 12 years and older, with 13 stations covering Bloomington, South Bend-Elkhart, and Lafayette.That’s an audience larger than the population of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne (the 2 largest cities in Indiana) combined. AMP station's formats cover the entire demographic spectrum: Contemporary, Classic, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Sports, Country. For more information about Artistic Media Partners Radio, please visit:
Position Available:
Radio Sales Executive
For more information, please contact Bart Schacht at

New York Public Radio is New York's premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC FM, WNYC AM, and WQXR, as well as and As America's most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. Classical 105.9 WQXR is New York City’s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, New York Public Radio produces content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space.

Positions Available:
Director of Digital Content, WQXR
Music programming Coordinator, WQXR

For more information, please visit the New York Public Radio website at: or the WNYC website at:


Deadline: December 17, 2010


Regular Deadline:  December 20, 2010
Late Deadline:  January 24, 2011


Early Bird Deadline: December 25, 2010
Regular Deadline: January 20, 2011
Late Deadline: February 15, 2011


Deadline: December 30, 2010


Regular Deadline: December 30, 2010
Late Deadline: March 31, 2011


Deadline: January 10, 2011


and lots more on these and other ops!

2011 Artists in Residence Program at I-Park
  Application Deadline: January 11, 2011
The I-Park Foundation, Inc., a 450-acre natural woodland retreat
in East Haddam, CT, announces its eleventh season hosting its
multi-disciplinary residency program.  Self-directed artists'
residencies will be offered from May through November 2011, with
possible off-season sessions in April and December.  Most
sessions are four weeks in duration.  Residencies are offered to
creative individuals working in the following disciplines:
Visual (including Environmental) Art, Music Composition/Sound
Sculpture, Moving Image, Creative Writing and Landscape/Garden
Design.  Work samples are evaluated through a competitive,
juried process.
There is a $30 application processing fee required.  Accepted
artists are responsible for their own work materials as well as
transportation to and from the area.  The facility is otherwise
offered at no cost to accepted artists, including a basic meal
program where most, though not all, of the food is provided.
Accommodations at I-Park include comfortable private living
quarters in an 1850's era farmhouse and a private studio on the
grounds.  An abundance of power tools and equipment, musical
instruments and peripherals, site materials, an electric kiln,
wireless internet and library facilities are provided.
International applicants are welcome.  To defray the cost of
travel, six $750.00 grants will be offered in 2011 to
international artists whose work is held in particularly high
regard by the Grant Committee.
For details, visit
In 2011, I-Park will also be hosting its third Environmental Art
Biennale as well as a summer Special Inter-Disciplinary Projects
residency.  Application and program materials for these separate
events will be available online in early January.
For more information, contact I-Park by e-mail:
or by phone: 860-873-2468.

For Massachusetts folks:


            The Massachusetts Cultural Council is currently accepting applications for Artist Fellowships in Film & Video. The program offers competitive fellowships of $7500 and finalist awards of $500, anonymously judged and based solely on artistic excellence of the work submitted. The deadline to apply is: January 24, 2011.

Something to contemplate on these cold winter evenings...


ITVS LINCS  Deadline: June 2011
Linking Independents and Co-Producing Stations (LINCS) provides matching funds (up to $100,000) to partnerships between public television stations and independent producers. LINCS funds single non-fiction public television programs on any subject and from any viewpoint. Producers must be U.S. citizens or legal residents.
Find out how to apply >>

Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC) Media Fund
Deadline: January 21, 2011
The goal of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support the development of national public broadcast programming that enhances public recognition of and appreciation for Pacific Islander history, culture, and society. PIC accomplishes this by nurturing and supporting filmmakers through its Research & Development (R&D), Production, and Completion funds. PIC staff is available to help throughout the application process and to provide feedback on all film proposals.
Find out how to apply >>

Call for Applications: Sundance 2011 Creative Producing Fellowship

The Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship is a year-long program for emerging American producers ready to take their next project to the screen. The Fellowship focuses on supporting the next generation of independent producers to help develop their creative and strategic skills for a complex marketplace and encourage a holistic approach in their collaboration with directors and writers.

Fellowship includes:
- Feature Film Creative Producing Lab
- Creative Producing Summit participation
- Sundance Film Festival attendance
- Sundance Industry Meetings at the Festival
- $5,000 living stipend
- $5,000 pre-production grant
- Year-round mentorship from 2 industry Advisors
- Community building among Producing Fellows
- Year-round support from Sundance Institute staff

Deadline to apply: February 14, 2011

POV's Diverse Voices Project New Deadline: February 18, 2011

POV is seeking to support emerging filmmakers through our Diverse Voices Project (DVP), a co-production fund supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. POV values exemplary storytelling, well crafted aesthetics, compelling characters and real-life drama shaped by the unique perspective of a filmmaker with something to say to a large audience. POV believes in presenting  works that reflect experiences not commonly represented on television, offer a springboard for discussion and provide a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

The Diverse Voices Project IV, with up to $100,000 in co-production funding per project, is designed to foster emerging and diverse documentary directors and producers with production support and mentoring with a full menu of services. Ultimately DVP will bring fresh voices to PBS, diversify the stories being featured on the national PBS schedule and support a talent pool that has not had access to public television resources.

To qualify for DVP support filmmakers cannot have a prior producing or directing credit on a nationally broadcast PBS program. (Lesser credits such as coordinating producer do not disqualify applicants.) All subjects, styles and lengths are welcome.

All submissions must be received by 5 PM, Friday, February 18, 2011. This is an arrival deadline, not a postmark deadline. Find out how to submit your film to the Diverse Voices Project at the POV website.

A two part program for Europeans and North Americans aimed at fostering professional development and potential financing opportunities for interactive documentary projects, docXchange will consist of a three-day workshop at Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada, and a one-day financing forum at Nordisk Panorama in Aarhus, Denmark. For more information, visit The deadline to apply is March 4.  I don't know much about this, but thought it might be interesting for those of you thinking about Hot Docs.

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and partners have just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for their film -- if you're thinking of crowd-funding, you might like to check in with her for tips.  Congrats, Kristy!

A listing from Sundance's mailings:

NALIP The New Now: Defining the Future Together Conference
April 15-17, Newport Beach, CA
NALIP’s 12th conference will include top-level speakers from the film, documentary and television industries, intimate conversations with artists, and workshops for emerging and mid-career filmmakers. Running concurrently will be NALIP’s seventh annual Latino Media Market, a meetings event designed to match executives and funders to projects.
Pre-Registration Cycle: February 26 – March 25, 2011

Film Independent Fast Track
A joint program of Film Independent and Filmmaker Magazine, Fast Track is a financing market taking place during the Los Angeles Film Festival. Designed to help filmmakers move their current projects forward, Fast Track connects them with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding.
Deadline: February 28, 2011

Greenhouse Training Initiative
This contemporary development program for documentary filmmakers from Europe and the Mediterranean offers its participants the opportunity to develop projects that deal with racism and human rights. The final proposals and trailers will be presented in a Pitching Forum Event in front of leading forces of the international film industry. Those  invited to attend will be given a grant that covers all of their attendance costs.
Deadline: February 28, 2011

Creative Capital
Creative Capital is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for grants in Film/Video and Visual Arts. They provide integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects.
Deadline: March 1, 2011

California Community Foundation Fellowship
For more than 90 years, the California Community Foundation has recognized, encouraged and supported the Southern California arts community by funding and nurturing a full range of artistic expressions. The California Community Foundation will award one-year fellowships to outstanding emerging and mid-career artists working in the visual arts.
Deadline: March 4, 2011

Latino Film Fund
The Latino Film Fund is now accepting applications for its 2011 Development/Pre-Production/Production Seed Grant. Both narrative and documentary films are considered for their grant program. The projects they seek are well-crafted film projects, which present unique, true-to-life Latino stories.
Deadline: March 4, 2011

2011 Flaherty Seminar Fellowships
Each year the Flaherty offers fellowships to students and emerging and mid-career filmmakers and media professionals. The fellowship program is led by an academic who has attended previous Flaherty Seminars and is designed to further your knowledge of cinema through participation in an array of unique activities.
Professional Development Fellowships Deadline: March 4, 2011
Student Fellowships Deadline: March 4, 2011
LEF New England Deadline: March 8, 2011
Financial Grants Deadline: March 25, 2011

IFP Documentary Lab
Open to all first time documentary and narrative feature directors with films in post-production, IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs are a year-long fellowship supporting independent filmmakers when they need it most: through the completion, marketing, and distribution of their first features. The Labs provide community, mentorship, and film-specific strategies to help filmmakers reach their artistic goals, support the film's launch, and maximize exposure in the global marketplace.
Deadline: March 11, 2011

The Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project
The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is offering a grant to support alternative models for presenting and disseminating documentary photography to the public. The Audience Engagement Grant (formerly called the Distribution Grant) supports photographers to take an existing body of work on a social justice or human rights issue and devise an innovative way of using that work as a catalyst for social change.
Letter of Intent Deadline: March 11, 2011

NAPT Public Television Program Fund
NAPT invites proposals for projects intended for public broadcasting that helps them reach their mission to share Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media.
Deadline: March 16, 2011

Flaherty Seminar: NY State Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund
Employees of New York State Non-Profit organizations focusing on media arts may apply for a grant to attend the 2011 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar through the Experimental Television Center.
Deadline: March 25, 2011

Chicken & Egg Pictures
Chicken & Egg Pictures is currently accepting applications for projects that fall within their mandate, along with a special focus on films in Development.
Deadline: March 30, 2011 Midnight/PST

PUMA. Creative Impact Award
The PUMA.Creative Impact Award is a major new annual award to honor the documentary film creating the most significant impact in the world. This 50,000 Euro award acknowledges the film’s makers and will help the continuation of the film’s campaign work.
Deadline: April 1, 2011

“The Power of Diversity” PGA Workshop
“The Power of Diversity" workshop is designed to foster the creative development of diverse voices in Television Comedy, Drama, & Reality; Motion Pictures, Documentaries and Web series. Up to ten (10) participants will be encouraged to explore, create and refine stories that reflect our diverse culture. Applicants may be emerging creative voices or those well-established in their careers.
Deadline: April 4, 2011 at 5pm

Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund
The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue film projects which go beyond traditional screens – integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. We’re looking for projects that activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality around the world and demonstrate the power of cross-platform storytelling and dynamic audience engagement.
Application Cycle Opens: April 4, 2011

IDA Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund
Inspired by the legacy of documentary pioneer, Pare Lorentz, the Fund supports projects that reflect the spirit and nature of his films and embody Lorentz' central concerns - the appropriate use of the natural environment, social justice, and the illumination of pressing social problems - presented as a compelling story through skillful filmmaking.
Deadline: April 25, 2011

Women in Film Finishing Fund
The Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund (FFF) supports films for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services.
Deadline: April 29, 2011

The Economist Film Project
The Economist Film Project is an initiative by The Economist, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, to showcase the work of independent documentary filmmakers from around the world. Both documentary shorts and feature-length films may be submitted. The Economist will provide filmmakers whose films are chosen with a grant of $4,000 to produce six to eight minutes of footage from the film (or footage captured during the making of the film) for airing on PBS NewsHour as part of the segment.
Deadline: Rolling beginning January 10, 2011 continuing monthly through January 2012

Firelight Media Producer’s Lab
Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab is a mentorship program for independent producers of color. Participating producers work with award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, and his team of senior producers, writers, editors, new media, and fundraising specialists to complete their projects for a national broadcast. The Lab also provides quarterly workshops and seminars to their producers on relevant and contemporary topics.

Silverdocs 2011
 Dates: June 20-26, 2011
 Deadlines: March 4, 2011 (Regular); March 11, 2011 (Late)

Film Independent Directors Close-Up
Wednesdays, February 2 – March 2
Hear from the best indie directors and their collaborators, as they explore specific aspects of their craft.  Ask questions, examine their work, and get a rare insight into the creative process.

The International Documentary Challenge (HotDocs)
The DocChallenge is a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers have 5 days to make a short non-fiction film (4-7 minutes.) All must make their films between March 3-7, 2011 and are required to ship the movie by the deadline. Assignments will include choice of 2 documentary genres and an assigned theme. Three major awards (with cash prizes), plus winners screening at HotDocs, possible TV broadcast and DVD release.
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2011

Hamptons Film Festival
Dates: October 13-17, 2011
Early bird Deadline: April 1, 2011

MeetMarket at Sheffield Doc/Fest
Dates: June 9-10, 2011
MeetMarket is the pitching initiative at Sheffield Doc/Fest, designed to match documentary makers’ most innovative project ideas with UK and international decision makers.
Deadline: April 1, 2011

Opportunities & Deadlines from another of my e-lists... Judith
IFP Filmmaker Labs - Deadline March 11th 
The only program in the world currently supporting first-time feature directors in post-production to complete, market and distribute their films. This highly immersive mentorship program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films.
ETC Finishing Funds - Deadline March 15th
The Experimental Television Center 2011 finishing funds provides media and new media artists with grants up to $2,500 to help with the completion of diverse and innovative moving-image and sonic art projects, and works for the Web and new technologies.  
Flaherty Fellowship Program - Application Process Now Open
Deadlines: LEF Foundation- March 8th; ETC Grant - March 25th.
The Flaherty offers fellowships to students and emerging, mid-career filmmakers and media professionals. The fellowship is led by an academic who has attended previous Flaherty Seminars and is designed to further your knowledge of cinema through participation in an array of unique activities. 
PUMA Creative Impact Award - Deadline April 1st
A major new annual award to honor the documentary film creating the most significant impact in the world. This 50,000 Euro award acknowledges the filmmakers and will help the continuation of the film's campaign work. Find out more on their website.

Catapult Film Fund - New Funding Round Opens March 21st:
Provides early development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. 
Creative Capital -Grant Round Open
Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects in Film/Video and Visual Arts.   
Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund
A program of the International Documentary Association made possible by the NY Community Trust, the fund will provide production grants totaling $75,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.

Cactus Three Finishing Fund 
Open submissions for documentary films that focus on social issues in need of a voice as well as films that capture the triumph of the human spirit. The fund will target films in post-production and filmmakers are requested to submit a rough cut as well as their funding requirements for completion.

WGBH Lab Open Call
Five chosen shorts will earn a $1000 prize and a winning story that may air along with the television debut of Stonewall Uprising on American Experience.

Camden International Film Festival - Submissions open, Early Bird March 15th
The Camden International Film Festival is open to all documentary films of any length. Selecting films that push the artistic boundaries of the form. We also love films that shed light on important issues in the world today. Most importantly, we love a good story. Entry Deadlines: March 15: Earlybird deadline. May 15: Regular deadline. June 15: Late deadline. July 15: Extended deadline.

 More and various...


MeetMarket is the pitching initiative at Sheffield Doc/Fest, designed to match documentary makers’ most innovative project ideas with UK and international decision makers.
Dates: June 9-10, 2011
Applications Open through April 1st.
The fellowship is designed to support the artists contributing to creative expression essential to Jewish community. Application for the first Six Points Fellowship cohort in Los Angeles will be online starting April 4, 2011. The two-year fellowship generally supports 9 artists with $20,000 stipend, $20,000 project grant, monthly workshops, retreats, and creative mentorship.
Call for Entries OPENS: April 4, 2011

The fellowship is a part-time, non-residential award with a $10,000 stipend disbursed in monthly installments. Involves meetings and informal gatherings organized throughout the year in NYC.
In the face of virtual realities, social media and disembodied existences, the center calls for a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between objects and people that may provoke more responsible, ethical and ecologically sound politics.
Deadline: April 11, 2011 (Postmarked)

Pacific Islanders in Communications is part of the PBS Broadcasting system, supporting programming that enhances public recognition of and appreciation for Pacific Islander history, culture, and society. Apply for Research & Development (R&D), Production, and Completion funds for films appropriate for public television broadcast. PIC staff is available to help throughout the application process and to provide feedback on all film proposals.
Deadline: April 22, 2011 5:00 p.m.

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide annual production grants to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.  Grants will be made to projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz’s central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems. Filmmaker may be from any country but must secure a US Tax ID number to receive funds.
Deadline: April 25, 2011 5 p.m. PST

Catapult Film Fund offers early funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a trailer/reel for production fundraising purposes. They support powerful stories, moving storytelling across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.
Deadline: April 29, 2010

The Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for and about women by providing cash grants up to $15, 000 and in-kind donations to independent filmmakers to help complete and debut their work. Netflix will support the FFF by offering additional funding, distribution, mentorship and guidance to grant recipients. Accepting applications worldwide, of any length, be it documentary, narrative or animated. Filmmakers must have at least a rough cut available for submission.
Deadline: April 29, 2011

The Roy W. Dean film grant provides in-kind goods and services to support compelling shorts, documentaries, and independent features with budgets under $500K. They have expanded to further their goals of creating films that are "unique and make a contribution to society."
New York Grant Deadline: April 30, 2011
Cluster proposals for the 2012–2013 fellowship year are now being accepted for small groups of two to three (total) artists and academics with projects in common. Each stipend is funded up to $65,000 with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses may be provided. Fellows receive office or studio space. Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants' projects need not focus on gender, however. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: May 6, 2011

The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program,  is a private independent Arab initiative dedicated to empowering the Arab contemporary narrative through strategic cultural philanthropy. Applications may be submitted online in English by Arab directors with films relevant to the Arab world today. Grant ranges $10,00-$50,000 USD.
Deadline: May 13, 2011

The Jan Vrijman Fund looks for creative documentaries and documentary events in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art. The Fund not only providesfinancial support, but also plays an advisory role.
Deadline: May 15, 2011

As part of the PBS Broadcasting system, CAAM is able to offer funding to independent producers for documentary projects intended for public television broadcast. This round of funding is for applicants with documentary projects at the production and/or post-production stage intended for public television broadcast. All projects must conform to standard public broadcasting lengths. Awards average from $10,000 to $50,000, though exceptions may be made.
Deadline: Received by May 19, 2011 by Midnight (PST)

The TFI’s New Media Fund will provide funding and support to  non-fiction, social issue film projects which go beyond traditional screens — integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. Grants will range from $50,000 to $100,000 in funding. Submissions will open April 4, 2011
Deadline: May 25, 2011

Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter. Grantees’ films possess an independent spirit, depict underrepresented perspectives, and resonate across international boundaries. Between five and fifteen projects are selected to receive support per round that can range from $5,000 – $50,000 per project and can be awarded at any stage of production including research and development, production and post-production. Int. applicants welcome and must secure US based non-profit fiscal sponsor or US TAX ID number to receive funds.
Letter of Inquiry deadline: June 1, 2011

The Public Media Content Fund is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, series or short digital video (no longer than 20 minutes) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms. Programs should bring new audiences to public television and have a recognizable impact on a broad range of viewers, presenting a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms from a variety of Latino producers across the country that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. LPB funding will range between $5,000 and $100,000 and projects at any production stage will be considered.
Deadline: June 6, 2011 5PM (This is not a postmark date)

Bridging Cultures films will spark Americans' engagement with the wider world through the exploration of countries and cultures outside of the United States, or across nations. Two levels of support are available: Development (up to $75,000) and Production (up to $800,000). Independent producers who wish to apply are advised to partner with an eligible, U.S. based non profit organization, which can act as fiscal sponsor.
Deadline: June 29, 2011
Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics webpage
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

The Good Pitch is an invitation-only, day-long live event which brings together invited foundations, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, broadcasters and other media to expand the resources aimed at maximizing the impact of social-issue documentary. Filmmaking teams pitch their project and its associated outreach campaign with the aim of creating a unique coalition around each film to accelerate its impact and influence. A project of The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, in partnership with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.
Deadline : May 27, 2011

"Sonic Truth" is the theme of this year’s seminar which will bring together a diverse group of filmmakers working in nonfiction and hybrid media to examine the sound and musical elements of their work. The audio dimension of documentary operates in several ways: as an element to confirm the fidelity of visual evidence (synch sound), as the conveyor of narrative (the voice-over), as evidentiary recording (the interview), and as a creative tool to counterpoint images. Sound recording and design can help capture a cultural environment, sculpt a sense of place, or evoke a historical period. But add music to the mix and contradictions arise - either moments of truth are powerfully underscored or the truth claims of documentary fall into question.
Seminar: June 18-24, 2011 at Colgate University
Registration includes lodging, meals, receptions, etc.
Early registration:                                                                           by April 1                             $1,050
Regular registration:                                                                      by May 2                              $1,200
Late registration:                                                                             after May 2                         $1,300
Student registration:                                                                     $850 (with valid student ID)

Turnstyle is a new, free content delivery service for select applicants. Chosen projects will be promoted to massive public tv and public radio audiences through their websites, mobile phone apps, subscription lists and blogs—and media can be selected with or without a PBS broadcast contract. Turnstyle seeks ethnically, socioeconomically, and racially diverse media makers whose content speaks to an 18-34 year old demographic.
For more information, write to Senior Producer Nishat Kurwa

Connect with media funders like Sundance Documentary Fund by posting your project to the GFEM portal! If approved for inclusion, your project will appear in the online database. Funders search the database to look for projects to support. There is no fee for using this service. Eligibility: Films must have at least one foundation or government funder attached. DFP Fellows strongly encouraged to participate.

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, an award-winning youth media organization, is looking for professional filmmakers to volunteer as mentors for NYC teens as they write, plan, film and edit short documentary films about their lives and communities. Please be able to commit to weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions, bi-monthly group workshops and special events from April 2011 to August 2011.
Deadline: April 8, 2011

At Sundance Institute supporting artists as a community is a core part of everything we do. And we know you join us in the thrill of seeing projects and filmmakers succeed and reach new heights. KICKSTARTER offers a funding platform through which we can all be catalysts for change by supporting fellow documentarians and artists in other fields succeed. Check-out Sundance Institute supported projects here:

DocuWeeks™ helps to qualify outstanding new feature and short documentaries for Academy Award® consideration, by providing its participants a commercial theatrical exhibition in Los Angeles and New York on a fee basis.
Earlybird Deadline:
April 5, 2011
Regular Deadline:
April 19, 2011
Late (FINAL) Deadline:
May 10, 2011

The Economist, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, intends to showcase for television the work of independent documentary filmmakers from around the world. The project seeks submissions of completed documentary films on a rolling basis beginning January 10, 2011 and continuing monthly through January 2012. The project will feature films whose new ideas, perspectives, and insights not only help make sense of the world, but also take a stand and provoke debate. The Economist and PBS NewsHour will jointly choose films by filmmakers who share these goals. Both documentary shorts and feature-length films may be submitted.
Deadline: Rolling through January 2012

The Monterrey International Film Festival screens international feature films in competition (fiction and documentary), retrospectives, international short films in competition (fiction, documentary and animation), and documentaries with social relevance.
Festival dates: August 18 -28, 2011
Deadline: April 29, 2011


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