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

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.

From World YWCA

Short Film Commission Where is the Money for Women’s Rights and HIV? – We Are Watching

We are writing to you to let you know about a new resource that the World AIDS Campaign, the World YWCA and Women Wont Wait are developing.

“Where is the Money for HIV?” is a joint campaign building on ARASA’s work, which is planned to be undertaken in partnership by ARASA, APCASO, Art Global Health Center at UCLA, LACCASO, Mosaic (South Africa), World AIDS Campaign (WAC), World YWCA and Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV.

As part of this campaign, WAC, the World YWCA and Women Wont Wait are sending out a Call for anyone interested who has the necessary experience to produce a 2 – 3 minute video campaign focusing on “Where is the Money for Women’s Rights and HIV?”.

The video will seek to highlight three main issues:

1. The realities of women and girls around the globe, particularly in regards to HIV related human rights violations
2. The money that is needed to work towards overcoming these violations
3. How money is misspent by governments instead of investing in women’s rights, going for example towards military expenditure instead of financing for women.

Interested persons should send a brief treatment and shot list/paper edit to womenshivfilm@gmail.com no later than September 1st 2010.
Late submissions will not be accepted. For more info: http://www.worldywca.org/YWCA-News/World-YWCA-and-Member-Associations-News/Short-Film-Commission-Where-is-the-Money-for-Women-s-Rights-and-HIV-We-Are-Watching

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting Service have announced the first Request for Proposals from their Diversity and Innovation Fund. The fund seeks proposals to provide the National Programming Service with a new, weekly, primetime series that will expand viewership and usage and reach an adult audience on-air and online that reflects the diversity of the 40-to-64-year-old demographic.

Specifically, the DI Fund seeks to diversify the NPS by attracting more racially and ethnically diverse viewers and Web visitors within the target demographic; expand the current NPS audience through the increased use of content created by a diverse group of producers and through the effective use of new and emerging technologies; leverage the talent and creativity of executive producers and producers from minority and underserved communities; build capacity for the public media system from within those communities; and encourage innovation in the planning, production, and distribution of public media content.

The content should be conceived and budgeted with multiple-platform use (broadcast, VOD, Internet, mobile, DVD, etc.) in mind from the outset.

The RFP encourages proposals for a variety of popular genres, including science, history, travel, natural history, and exploration. This RFP is not seeking children’s, drama, or news and public affairs content, as these subject areas are being addressed via other initiatives and/or existing properties.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for a series of ten episodes that can be produced for $375,000 per hour (or less), with attendant rights that allow for the efficient use of the content on all distribution platforms. The intent is to “pilot” several projects. One or more will then be selected for series production.

PBS will begin accepting proposals on July 26, 2010. Visit the PBS Web site for complete program information and application procedures at http://www.pbs.org/difund/

Alter-Ciné Foundation Documentary Film Grants
Regions:
Africa, Eastern Europe/Central Asia, Latin America, South Asia, South East and East Asia
Deadline Date
August 15, 2010

The Alter-Ciné Foundation offers a yearly grant to young film and video makers born and living in 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 will award a grant of CDN$10,000 to a video or filmmaker to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young video and filmmakers who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation.

The Foundation particularly supports documentary films that, as stated on their website, “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.”

The Alter-Cine 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 programmes in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Patry’s documentaries, according to the Foundation, have contributed to tearing down walls of silence, denouncing injustice and barbarism, and giving voice to victims of horror.

To apply, the video/filmmaker must complete the PDF format application available here.

Contact
Alter-Ciné Foundation
5371 avenue de l’Esplanade
Montréal Québec
H2T 2Z8
Canada
Tel: 1 514 273 7136
http://altercine.org/prog_an.html
alter@mlink.net

DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards

* storytelling
* media
* competition
* video
* awards

Deadline: March 19, 2010. Open to nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

The DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards are presented by See3 Communications and YouTube, with support from the Case Foundation, Flip Video, and the Nonprofit Technology Network.

MORE INFORMATION
Contest Rules: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/official-contest-rules
FAQs: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/frequently-asked-questions
Judges: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/expert-judges
Last Year’s Finalists: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/last-years-finalists
Press Release: http://www.see3.net/dogooder/press-release

See3 Communications, the leaders in online video for nonprofits, and YouTube, the world’s largest online video platform, announced today the launch of the 4th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. The contest will award a total of $10,000 in grants, funded by the Case Foundation, to the best videos of 2009 found in the YouTube Nonprofit Program—a special program that YouTube designed to help nonprofits achieve their missions. The winners will be featured on the YouTube homepage, and receive prizes from Flip Video and Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).

“We are thrilled to partner with YouTube for the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards. With this contest, we get to highlight important nonprofit stories and help organizations engage with the YouTube audience,” said Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3 Communications. “In addition, we are grateful to have such wonderful partners who have been trailblazing how nonprofits use technology, video, and social media.”

Now in its fourth year, the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards is looking for the best nonprofit videos of 2009. Last year, more than 400 entries were submitted from over 150 nonprofit organizations, with winning videos from the Children’s Defense Fund, Compassion Over Killing, Step Up Women’s Network, and Breakthrough.

Organizations can enter the contest at by going to http://www.youtube.com/nonprofitvideoawards. Organizations not currently taking part in the YouTube Nonprofit Program are encouraged to apply for free at http://www.youtube.com/nonprofits.

“In the past year, we’ve seen nonprofits use video to fundraise, form petitions that leverage citizen voices, and speak out about the issues that matter to them in creative ways, “ said Steve Grove, Head of YouTube News, Politics and Nonprofits. “The DoGooder Nonprofit Awards are a great way to recognize those organizations who are leading the movement to create meaningful cause-related video.”

Winning videos in each category will be announced and featured on the YouTube homepage and recognized at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Atlanta on Saturday, April 10, 2010. They will also receive a $2,500 donation from the Case Foundation, and have their video screened at a special event in Washington DC, hosted by Nomadsland.com, a video publishing platform for nonprofits. All finalists will receive a custom-designed Flip Video HD camera, and the winner in the Small Organization category will receive a free registration to the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington DC.

Beginning today, video submissions will be accepted until March 19, 2010 when a panel of expert judges will select four finalists in each category for Best Small Organization Video, Best Medium Organization Video, Best Large Organization Video, and Best Innovation in Video. Public voting will open on March 29 and end on April 7. Judges include Guy Kawasaki, Gary Vaynerchuk, Beth Kanter and other experts in nonprofit marketing, video, and social media.

To submit a video to the contest, visit http://www.youtube.com/nonprofitvideoawards.

To register for the Nonprofit Technology Conference, visit http://www.nten.org/ntc.

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