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Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces New Social Justice Documentary Film Initiative with the Ford Foundation's JustFilms Program

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Posted on March 21, 2012
Deadline: June 1, 2012

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA has announced the Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Awards program, made possible by the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms program.

Through the new documentary film award program, PGF-USA seeks to identify and support voices that tell authentic and powerful stories from or about underrepresented communities. These funds will be awarded to help support social justice documentary thesis projects of students in undergraduate/graduate programs and final projects of individuals participating in production programs at media arts centers. In the inaugural year of the grant, an emphasis will be placed on filmmakers and films that focus on South Asian and Southeast Asian communities. Grants will be made in accordance with the applicants’ thesis/final project budgets.

Nominations for film grants are to be submitted by deans/department chairs in conjunction with the faculty of established colleges and universities in the United States, or by directors of nonprofit media arts organizations with structured film production programs that the foundation has invited to apply. (A current list of accepted schools is available at the PGF-USA Web site. Additional schools/media arts centers that would like to be considered may contact the foundation for further information. )

In evaluating an application, primary consideration will be given to the talent and potential of the filmmaker as demonstrated by the sample work submitted with each application. The panel also will consider the quality, originality, and mastery of the subject and approach of the proposed project, as well as the potential impact the work will have on viewers, the community, and the film’s subject(s).

For more information about the awards, nomination procedures, and a list of currently accepted schools/media arts centers, visit the PGF-USA Web site.

Link to complete RFP

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