LINCOLN, NEBRASKA — Vision Maker Media announces a March 14 deadline for applications from filmmakers for its Public Media Content Fund, a program which has funded filmmakers since 1990. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund will award support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m.Central.
“The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage and increase the diversity of Native American voices in public media,” said Assistant Director Georgiana Lee (Navajo). “There are very few avenues open to films–much less Native documentaries–and we believe that support from Vision Maker Media can help open doors for various forms of additional funding for our filmmakers. We have a great privilege and responsibility to support the creation, promotion, and distribution of Native media.”
Projects in any phase of production are eligible to apply for funding with Vision Maker Media. Awards for research and development range from $5,000 to $20,000; awards for production or completion can be up to $100,000; and, new media awards range from $5,000 to $20,000. Vision Maker Media does not fully fund programs, and awardees are required to seek additional funding from other sources. Programs selected for funding will be offered additional distribution opportunities including educational and home DVD distribution throughwww.visionmakermedia.org.
“Vision Maker Media is looking for compelling Native stories that appeal to broad audiences. We’re particularly looking for stories that advance CPB’s initiatives–the American Graduate and Women & Girls Lead,” commented Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux). “We want to see programs that accurately illuminate aspects of contemporary Tribal cultures or peoples. In addition, we are seeking proposals for production of episodes for Growing Native, a regional series about Tribal people who are reclaiming old ways for health today (www.visionmakermedia.org/growingnative).”
“This year, the application process will be slightly different,” said Interactive Media Specialist Eric Martin. “Through a partnership with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), we will have an electronic-application submission process through the online platform SlideRoom. This program offers a step-by-step guide for applicants seeking funding (http://slideroom.besnappy.com/applicantguide).”
Vision Maker Media convenes a panel of Public Television professionals, independent filmmakers, and American Indian/Alaska Native educators to review submissions and recommend applications for funding. Additionally, Vision Maker Media assists filmmakers with fund raising, navigating the Public Television system for national broadcast, educational resource development, community engagement, and marketing efforts.
For Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund guidelines and a link to the online application submission form, please visitvisionmakermedia.org/fund.