The Ford Foundation splashes the cash, filling up the tank to the tune of US$50 million in new documentary film funding which will spent over five years. The new scheme will travel under the name JustFilms, is open to documentary filmmakers worldwide, and will have a preference for films addressing “urgent social issues”.
Luis Ubinas, president of the Ford Foundation, said in a statement, “With the growth of the web and social networks, the potential global audience for filmed content with a social conscience has exploded.”
JustFilms will work with the Sundance Institute, broadcaster ITS (which already commissions documentaries internationally through an annual call, and is a regular attendee at Doc Edge Forums here in NZ) as well working with other Ford Foundation bodies in specific circumstances. Filmmakers will also be able to apply to the fund directly.
More information is available on the Ford Foundation website.