Requests for funding in the Climate Change Short Film Project should be a proposal to film, record, and produce a documentary digital short film (6-8 minutes in length) to completion.
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This project supports all filmmakers at any stage of their career to produce a short documentary digital film exploring the effects of climate change in their own Native community with a solution-based approach. Vision Maker Media is partnering with GBH to support 6-8 Native filmmakers living in the U.S. territories. Filmmakers will be selected to create documentary short films (6-8 minutes in length) to accompany Sea Change: The Gulf of Maine, a three-hour documentary special, that is expected to air on PBS July 2024.
Sea Change: The Gulf of Maine, looks at life in the water and on the shores of this sea within the sea through a climate lens. Climate change is impacting oceans profoundly, but it’s also having a big effect in lots of other places. So what’s happening in your Native community? How are folks where you live coping? What fascinating, illuminating, solution-oriented stories would you like to share with a wider audience?
Requests for funding in the Climate Change Short Film Project should be a proposal to film, record, and produce a short digital film (6-8 minutes in length) to completion. Strong candidates will place emphasis on powerful stories, the kind you can’t wait to tell someone about. Selected filmmakers will begin production as early as October 2023, with post-production concluding in May 2024. The series of Climate Change Short Films will be published to a national audience in summer 2024.
Vision Maker Media’s call for film and television production proposals for its Public Media Fund was January 4, 2022 to February 11, 2022. VMM seeks public media film and television projects that are intended and appropriate for Public Media Television Broadcasting, including Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) digital and streaming platforms, that represent the cultures, experiences, and perspectives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
Support for the Vision Maker Media Public Media Fund is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The Creative Shorts Fellowship supports Emerging Native filmmakers to produce a short film: documentary, drama, experimental, or animation piece; and supports a mentorship with a career professional film producer or director.
Emerging Native filmmakers find their own mentor for their project. Film professionals, Native or non-Native, may also submit a proposal—following criteria and eligibility—to mentor an Emerging Native filmmaker in the production of that emerging filmmaker’s short film. Emerging Native filmmakers must choose their mentor prior to applying and film professionals must choose their mentee prior to applying. Topic ideas may be about Native cultures, values, histories, contemporary life, environmental justice, social justice, youth, elders, and/or Native empowerment.
Selected shorts projects will be notified Spring 2022. For more information or questions, contact email@example.com or 402-472-3522.
Vision Maker Media seeks provocative and engaging completed programs from independent or public television producers that represent the experiences, values and cultures of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
Applicants will be required to create a user account and sign up. If you have any problems with the online application process, please contact Vision Maker Media at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-472-3522.
Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.