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The Institute’s Documentary Fund is dedicated to supporting United States and international documentary films that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and exploring the critical issues of our time. Development grants provide seed funds to filmmakers whose projects are in the early research or pre-production stage. Grant awards will range up to $20,000, and a previous directing sample is required. If no sample is available, the Institute asks that a creative visual work indicating the director’s artistic point of view and storytelling ability is required. Production and Post-production grants provide funds to filmmakers in various stages of the production and post-production stages. Applications should include at least 20 minutes of continuously edited material. Longer cuts and fine cuts can be submitted if available. Proposals are evaluated on artful storytelling, stylistic innovation, subject relevance, and potential for social engagement. There are two deadlines each year. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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