Film Grants

2014 Call for Short-Short Documentary Film Entries

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We are pleased and excited to expand our programs to include a new documentary grant category - “Short-Short Documentary Film." Mirroring the mission of our foundation and themes covered in our still photography grants, we invite documentary film makers around the globe to share their human interest stories and submit their "Short-Short" documentary film projects highlighting human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress.

An International Grant

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film will award a $5,000 USD grant to a single completed "Short-Short" documentary film project. Our grant is open to up-and-coming, independent film makers and directors in all countries. Participant must be committed to the field of reportage and documentary filmmaking.

Eligible Work

All entries must be individual, stand-alone non-fiction documentary films of 10 - 30 minutes in length and must have been completed no earlier than November 15, 2012. Film submissions may be either an orginal subject feature or a historical subject feature. Submissions may be produced in actual occurrence, or employ partial reenactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is strictly on fact and not fiction. The film must show real characters and not actors portraying the roles of real characters. Dialogue and narration can be produced in any language. All non-English dialogue and narration must be provided with English subtitles.

Award Recipients

Entries must be submitted by the individual(s) most involved in the key creative aspects of the filmmaking process. There will only be one award prize regardless the number of individuals involved in the submission.

How to Enter

All entrants must complete a grant application, submit the required supporting materials and following the rules and submission guide lines here.

Submission Dates and Deadlines

Entries may be submitted between November 15, 2013 and March 31, 2014. All requested entry materials must be completed and submitted no later than 12:00 Midnight New York time on March 31, 2014.

Judging, Selection & Notification

Judging will take place in two rounds. Round One judging will assess all entries which will be submitted as URL links to third-party video hosting sites such as Vimeo or YouTube. Judges will select the top 10 submissions to move on to round two. All shortlisted round two entries will be required to submit an actual physical/digital copy of their completed project for posting on the foundation site. Judges will select a winner from the 10 finalist films.