The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures Through Film: International Topics program supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films.

The program seeks to support film projects designed to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship. The program encourages the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents multiple points of view in creative formats. The proposed film must range in length from a stand-alone broadcast hour to a feature-length documentary.

Projects are should demonstrate international collaboration by enlisting scholars based both in the U.S. and abroad, and/or by working with an international media team.

Two levels of support are available — development and production. Filmmakers can apply for either development or production funding but not for both simultaneously.

Development funds support filmmakers for a wide range of activities that include but are not limited to collaboration with scholars to develop humanities content, research, preliminary interviews, travel, and the creation of partnerships for outreach activities (public engagement with the humanities). Applicants must have obtained the commitment of humanities scholars to serve as advisers to the project prior to applying for a development grant.

Production funds support filmmakers in various stages of production and post-production. Applicants must submit a script for a production grant. This script should demonstrate a solid command of humanities ideas and scholarship related to the subject matter. Applicants must have consulted with appropriate humanities scholars about the project and must have obtained their commitment to advise the project.

Awards are for one to three years and for up to $75,000 (for development) and up to $800,000 (for production). Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, matching funds, or a combination of the two.

Any U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Independent producers who wish to apply must seek an eligible organization to sponsor the project and submit the application.

 

For more info: http://neh.gov/grants/guidelines/bridgingcultures_film.html

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Administered by the Tribeca Film Institute with funding from Gucci, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world.

The fund is seeking feature-length documentaries in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2011 or 2012. Films should be commercially viable and resonate with a mainstream U.S. audience.

The fund seeks to support films that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world through complete, thoughtful, and dynamic storytelling; films that focus on issues that may not be extensively covered by the mainstream media or well understood by the general public; and films that focus on people who are ignored, ostracized, or otherwise marginalized or people fighting for political or social justice.

The fund does not support Short films or student projects; films that choose advocacy over story and craft; or films completed before January 1, 2011.

Submissions are encouraged from both seasoned and first-time filmmakers. International productions are eligible, but sample work must have English subtitles and be suitable for an American audience. The fund will only consider proposals written in English.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $25,000 each.

Submissions are open until December 8, 2010. Please note: The submission process requires an application fee of $40 (or a discounted fee of $30 for filmmakers who submit their complete application package by November 8, 2010).

Visit the Tribeca Film Institute Web site for complete submission requirements and an FAQ.