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What's New: NEH and California Humanities

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Join David Weinstein, senior program officer with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and John Lightfoot, senior program officer with California Humanities, for the next installment in our What’s New series, in which prominent industry leaders in documentary present up-to-the-minute information about what’s happening in the documentary landscape and discuss new opportunities for filmmakers.

Are you considering applying to a future NEH Media Project grants or the 2019 Cal Humanities' California Documentary Project (CDP) with a film, audio, or digital media project? Do you have questions about writing the proposal, filling out the budget form, or submitting work samples? Or do you want to know more about humanities advisers and what role the humanities can play?

The NEH’s Media Projects grant program funds have supported many award-winning historical documentaries. There are two levels of funding: Development and Production. David will discuss funding for long-form documentaries as well as revealing an exciting new grant program, Short Documentaries. This program funds short documentary films (up to 30 minutes) that engage audiences with humanities ideas.

Cal Humanities' CDP is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond. Funding for the November 1 deadline is available in two categories: Research and Development Grants up to $10,000, and Production Grants up to $50,000. 

David and John will offer tips on preparing your proposal, discuss what makes an application competitive, share news, and there will be ample opportunity for Q&A. This event will be live streamed on our Facebook page.