Grant Program 2013 - MacArthur's Foundation: For Documentary Films

Posted by Jamal Fida Sunday, June 2, 2013 0 comments
Closing Date: July 31,2013.

MacArthur's goal in media grantmaking is to provide the public with high-quality, professionally-produced documentary films, deep and analytical journalism, and well-produced news and public affairs programming. In a media environment characterized by proliferating information sources of varying degrees of reliability, the Foundation seeks to support serious, fact-based journalism for television, radio and the web, the type of original reporting that is likely to be blogged about, linked to, tweeted, and otherwise circulated throughout the Internet. Programs supported by the Foundation inform and educate their viewers about important and under-reported topics, provide balance and accurate information, encourage global conversations, and use technology to tell stories in engaging and interactive ways.

MacArthur supports the production of social-issue documentary films on important contemporary topics, intended for a broad audience, particularly in the U.S.  Over the last 30 years, we have supported over 200 films by some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers in the country.  Their documentary work combines exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. Many of these films have had a long life beyond festivals and broadcast, and been used in educational, community, and policymaking settings over many years, sparking conversations and activities that contribute to social and policy change. 

In selecting documentary films for support, the Foundation looks for projects that:
  •     Address important, contemporary social topics - international or domestic.
  •   Follow an issue over time, providing in-depth reporting that goes beyond conventional news coverage.
  •     Utilize compelling personal stories to engage viewers and create empathy.
  •     Appeal to a broad audience because they are accessible, interesting, and they treat different points of view respectfully.
  •     Are factually accurate and follow best practices in journalism and documentary ethics.
  •     Align with MacArthur’s programmatic interests in the U.S. and International Grant making areas.
  •    Have strong likelihood of broadcast in the U.S. and internationally, and feasible plans for broad dissemination in educational, community, or policy settings.
  •   Are led by experienced U.S.-based film making teams that have past success in bringing a documentary project to successful completion and reaching broad U.S. audiences.
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