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MacArthur Foundation | Documentary Film Grant

by Jahnabi Das
(Durgapur, W.B., India)

MacArthur Foundation | Documentary Film Grant

MacArthur Foundation | Documentary Film Grant

The Foundation no longer accepts applications for individual documentary projects. Today, the Journalism and Media program supports documentary filmmakers and nonfiction media producers exclusively through partner organizations. These organizations, as a whole, support hundreds of filmmakers each year, and help to diversify the field and raise the artistic achievement and social impact of documentary storytelling.

Filmmakers currently seeking production funds are encouraged to explore the funding opportunities offered by MacArthur’s partner organizations. These organizations deploy MacArthur resources in a way that allows many more filmmakers, artists and technologists to find the support they need to tell stories that inform, engage, and compel viewers to make changes in themselves or their communities for a more just, verdant and peaceful society. Over the next year, the Foundation will be adding new partners to the current list of six organizations.

Current partners:

American Documentary Inc.,/POV
Firelight Media
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Kartemquin Educational Films
Sundance Institute
Tribeca Film Institute

Old Information:
MacArthur Foundation offers grants to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming. MacArthur supports U.S.-based independent documentary filmmakers for the production and distribution of social-issue documentary films intended for a broad audience.

In 2011, the grantmaking budget for this program area is $8.5 million.

Proposals may be submitted electronically via macfound.org.

Proposal Guidelines:

1. 3-5 page description of the project with a link to a trailer or clips (if available)

2. 1 page budget including confirmed and potential income sources

3. 1 page description of the production team’s background

No additional materials like DVDs are to be sent which may delay consideration of your submission.

Grantmaking Guidelines are available at :

MacArthur Fundation - Documentary Film Grant

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