Alter-Ciné Foundation: Documentary Film Grants (for filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America)

August 5, 2009

Alter-Ciné Foundation: Documentary Film Grants

Open to young video and filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Deadline: August 15, 2009.

The Alter-Ciné Foundation was created in the memory of Canadian filmmaker, Yvan Patry, who passed away on October 14, 1999. Patry was a co-founder of the production company Alter Ciné and directed numerous documentaries and current affairs programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia: “… documentaries should go against the tide,” he said, “they should bear witness and spur us to action.” Patry’s documentaries have contributed to tearing down walls of silence, denouncing injustice and barbarism, and giving voice to victims of horror.

The Alter-Ciné Foundation is inspired by this ethics. The Foundation offers a yearly grant to young film and video makers from Africa, Asia and Latin America to direct a documentary film on the theme of rights and freedoms, including social and economic rights, women’s rights, the right to culture and artistic creation.

The Foundation particularly supports documentary films that dare to go against the tide, that take the side of the defenceless and question common assumptions by giving a voice to the voiceless, enriching our understanding of the world and helping us reflect on the possibility of changing the world from a perspective of peace, justice, equality and respect for differences.

This year, the Foundation will award a grant of 10,000 Canadian dollars to a video or filmmaker to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young video and filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation, as explained above. To apply, the video/filmmaker must:

    1. complete the Application Form in French, English or Spanish;

    2. include a synopsis in French, English, or Spanish (max. 5 pages) that describes the content, characters, situations, theme as well as the treatment and style of the project;

    3. send a VHS cassette or a DVD of a completed documentary work. If possible the cassette should be sub-titled or versioned in French, English or Spanish. If the work does not exist in any of these three languages, please send a written transcript of the dialogue and narration in one of the three languages.

    4. include a production budget for the documentary, as well as a financing plan which includes the Foundation grant and other sources of proposed or assured financing;

    5. present two support letters from partners, NGOs, groups or associations supporting the project.

Applications must be sent post paid to the Alter-Ciné Foundation (see the section Contact us). Only applications received before August 15 of each year will be accepted. Candidates will be advised of the decisions of the Selection Committee before December 31 of each year.

The grant will be divided in two parts:

    – the first payment of 6,000 Canadian dollars after the project is selected.

    – the final payment of 4,000 Canadian dollars on reception of a Betacam and a VHS tape of the completed documentary.

Download the application form in PDF format

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