Ford Foundation to invest $50 million for Documentary Filmmakers

The Ford Foundation has announced a five-year, $50 million initiative, JustFilms, to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works address urgent social issues.

JustFilms will invest $10 million a year over the next five years to support and expand the community of filmmakers and mediamakers around the world focused on creating documentaries with passion and purpose, but who often lack funding to realize their visions or reach audiences.

The initiative will pursue three distinct funding paths:
– Partnerships with major organizations such as the Sundance Institute and the Independent Television Services
– An ongoing open application process that will help JustFilms stay attuned to fresh ideas and stories wherever they may emerge
– Partnership with other Ford Foundation grant-making programs where the introduction of documentary film could help draw attention to an issue or advance a movement

JustFilms has also set aside funds for marketing partners who will help filmmakers promote their work and engage directly with audiences.

For more information on JustFilms or to find out how to apply for a grant visit


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