Artless Media, CDRP offer grants for short documentaries

The Media School Report • Feb. 9, 2017

Artless Media and the school’s Center for Documentary Research and Practice are offering three grants to support short documentaries that address social inequality, seek justice or give a voice to oppressed or marginalized communities.

Preference will be given to projects with a regional focus and to filmmakers invested in documenting oppressed communities of which they are a part.

The projects should be between two to five minutes and require a budget that is no more than $2,500. The grants are ideally for student films, but projects may cover a number of larger issues. Projects should be accessible via social media or other means.

Of the three grants, one provides $1,000 and two provide $750 for the documentaries. Anyone interested should submit proposals to Barbara@indiana.edu. Include:

  • A one-page narrative to describe the film and the purpose behind it;
  • An expected total budget for the project that includes personnel time, facilities or equipment rental, cash expenditures;
  • A description of intention for funds awarded;
  • Key crew biographies of producer, director, videographer, etc.;
  • A previous work sample of no more than five minutes (provide a link);
  • An outreach strategy of how you will bring the film to a wider public.

Submissions are due April 1. Awardees will be notified by April 15. Projects should be completed by Aug. 30.