The Ford Foundation launched a $50 million multi-year fund for social-justice documentaries in early 2011, and announced as its initial partners Sundance Institute, ITVS and the Tribeca Film Institute.
For the Tribeca Film Institute, Ford pledged about $1 million a year over five years to fund projects that integrate film with new media, “from video games and mobile apps to social networks and micro-blogging.”
Winners of the inaugural Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund grants (totaling $400,000) included 18 Days in Egypt, the crowd-sourced documentary about the Egyptian revolution, The Interrupters, which will use the grant to build digital shrines to victims of violence, and Map Your World, a project inspired by the documentary The Revolutionary Optimists that aims to share health-related data to improve quality of life.
(P.S. If you want to see how the web is increasing the impact of social-issue documentaries, might we suggest checking out POV’s 2011 season film companion sites and subscribing to the POV Films blog?)
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