The American Film Institute has announced that four documentaries will receive the first-ever AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants. The $75,000 grants will support the films’ social action campaigns.
The four films were chosen out of those that participated in this year’s inaugural AFI DOCS Impact Lab. In addition to receiving the grant, the chosen films will screen at the AFI DOCS 2015 film festival. The four films honored with the grant are Jessica Jones and Blair Foster’s “The Conversation,” Greg Whiteley’s “Most Likely to Succeed,” Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber’s “Peace Officer,” and Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci’s “Salam Neighbor.”
Michael Lumpkin, the Director of AFI DOCS, said of the program, “The AFI DOCS film festival leverages the power of documentary storytelling to catalyze change through not only screenings and events but also through professional development for our filmmakers. The AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants will help turn their training into action.”
“NBCUniversal is excited to have joined with AFI on this initiative to help filmmakers find innovative ways to create a positive impact through their films,” added Beth Colleton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at NBCUniversal. “We believe these grants will drive awareness and education around important social issues by engaging consumers, communities and government, and help these filmmakers also be change-makers.”
Now in its 14th year, AFI DOCS 2015 will be held June 22–26, 2016 in landmark Washington, D.C. venues and the historic AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD.