June 1, 2011

Posted on February 23, 2011
Deadline: June 1, 2011

The Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2011 documentary film grants program.

The program seeks to fund documentary film projects that address the significant social challenges of our time or explore important but under-reported topics. Domestic and international topics are welcome; preference will be given to projects that align with one of MacArthur’s grantmaking areas. Support will be provided primarily for production and post-production activities (although some of the funds may be used for pre-production or outreach activities). Documentary stories that will be told both in film and a second medium are encouraged.

Grants will be made to experienced filmmakers based in the United States. Projects funded by the foundation are expected to reach a national U.S. television broadcast audience.

The Foundation does not accept proposals for the following: documentaries that are biographical, historical, or personal in nature; short, experimental, or fictional films; films by youth or first-time filmmakers; or films intended to feature a single organization for promotional purposes.

The foundation funds only eight to twelve documentary film projects a year. The typical MacArthur documentary film grant is between $100,000 and $200,000.

Proposals for 2011 documentary film grants will be accepted on an ongoing basis until June 1, 2011. Decisions will be announced in September 2011.

Visit the MacArthur Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.


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