The Magnifying Glass is accepting proposals for short documentaries that aggressively investigate social inequality. This submission round is specifically geared toward films being produced in Georgia and Louisiana.
The micro grant program is a collaboration between Artless Media, Atlanta Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Oxford Film Festival and the Center for Documentary Research and Practice at Indiana University. The program was designed specifically for people in the American South and Midwest to investigate the root causes of inequality.
In addition to modest financial support (grants are for $1,000 and $500) meant to expedite the production of these short films, the network of organizations will work collectively to promote and increase each film’s exposure.
Ideal projects will run 2-5 minutes in length and require no more than $2,500 in total budget. Projects can touch upon larger issues such as violence, racism, sexism, homophobia and gun control, but the ideal proposal will be deeply specific. Projects must plan to be widely accessible via social media or other means.
Prospective filmmakers should submit a one-page treatment, an expected total budget for their project, a description of intention for funds awarded, key crew bios, a prior sample work no more than five minutes in length, and an outreach strategy.
Deadline to apply is 11:59PM EST on August 31.
Future grant opportunities for filmmakers in Indiana, Tennessee and Mississippi will be coming in the near future.