JustFilms funding documentary filmmakers and organizationsPublished May 24, 2011
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A Potential Funding Source for Southern Filmmakers
People contact ETV and my office everyday with great ideas for documentaries. The biggest challenge is usually funding, especially when the economy is in a recession. Even experienced filmmakers pitching a compelling story with strong characters have a difficult time finding support. One organization is focusing solely on documentary films. The Ford Foundation, known for funding incredible media projects, is dedicating $10 million dollars over five years to support film, video and digital works about urgent social issues. One third of the funding is available through an ongoing open-application process. The other funds will go to major organizations and other Ford Foundations projects that will be enhanced by a documentary film to reach a larger audience. While JustFilms offers a potential funding source for filmmakers, it is highly competitive. The good news is that they are seeking emerging talent with stories that can engage new audiences. Maybe your film idea is a good fit? Learn more at the Ford Foundation website.