Climate Change Short Project

Pitch a short digital documentary focused on Climate Change from the perspective of a Native American community and their relationship with the environment.

Photo by Jenni Monet for Losing Ground.

Climate Change Short Film Project

Application period:

November 6

December 1

Climate Change is affecting every corner of our planet including Native American communities, but how are those communities responding? What steps are being taken to adjust to new conditions, or what new solutions are rising to meet this challenge? With each film, Vision Maker Media and GBH wants to provide $11,500 of support to produce a short documentary telling this story.

Photo by Jenni Monet for Losing Ground.
Photo by Jenni Monet for Losing Ground.

Short documentaries can take many forms, and we want your story to live at the length that best fits your vision. Broadly, this initiative targets documentaries that are 5-8 minutes in length, but regardless of runtime, consideration will go to strong stories that educate viewers on climate change and Native American communities. Additionally, these funds can be used to finish a film that is already through production. In short, if you have a great story, we want to hear from you.

This project will fund a total of six short documentaries that will accompany GBH’s Sea Change: The Gulf of Maine, a three-hour documentary special that is expected to air on PBS July 2024. This is a great opportunity to put your work in front of PBS’s large audience. Be sure your submission is a complete plan to produce your film. Selected filmmakers will begin production as early as February 2024 with post production concluding in May 2024. FIlmmakers from every level are encouraged to apply, and please reach out for guidance.


-Production and Post (up to $11,500)

For more information or questions, contact or 402-472-3522.

public media fund

Supporting native media​

Application period:

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.

Creative shorts fellowship

Application Period:

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 or 402-472-3522.

Finished Acquisitions

Application period:
open year round

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 or call 402-472-3522.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

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.


Project Coordinator​

(Hataža Mani Winga)​

"Cinema Aficionado"

Role: Jordana is excited to engage with different Native/Indigenous communities. Her passion for working with youth will help develop the Native Youth Media Project. She will also assist with the Creative Shorts Fellowship (CSF) to help organize deliverables for filmmakers.