Here is an excellent funding opportunity for documentary filmmakers.

From Documentary.org:

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide annual production grants totaling $75,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.  Grants will be made to up to 5 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz’s central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.

The fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing.  A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Community Trust.

Guidelines and eligibility here.

Applications are due by 5 PM PST and notification of grant awards will be made in late September 2011

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