Call for Applicants: The MacArthur Foundation Documentary Film, Open Call

MacFound 2014 Doc Front Page Image_FINALCall for Applicants: The MacArthur Foundation Documentary Film, Open Call

Deadline: May 1st, 2014

The MacArthur Foundation funds the production of documentary films and participatory new media projects that combine exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. We look for projects that challenge preconceptions and examine underreported social issues. These documentaries are intended to reach a large U.S. broadcast audience and, often, a targeted audience of educators, community leaders, advocates, and policymakers. We look for projects that have the potential to spark dialogue, create understanding, and contribute to social and policy change. MacArthur-supported documentaries:

•    Address important, contemporary social issues – international and domestic – illustrating the human impacts of public policy.
•    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 treat differing points of view with respect.
•    Are factually accurate and follow best practices in documentary ethics.
•    Are led by experienced filmmaking teams that have had past success in bringing a documentary project to completion and reaching broad U.S. audiences. (And are being produced by a company or organization that is incorporated in a U.S. state.)
•    Are in production or post-production phase (on a very limited basis, we may consider projects in the research & development phase)

Website link:

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Office of Grants Management, 140 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois

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