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?)
The 2011 Documentary Year in Review Countdown…
Ford Foundation Funds Webified Documentaries
Michael Moore Sues the Weinsteins over ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Accounting
‘Senna’ Breaks U.K. Box-Office Records
Mobile device legend
Cinéma Vérité Pioneer Richard “Ricky” Leacock Dies
‘My Reincarnation’ Breaks Records on Kickstarter
Seeing is beliebing
3-D Documentaries Hit Theaters
No flash in the pan
Popcorn.js Brings HTML5 and Interactivity to Documentaries
What if Banksy Wins an Oscar?
The Stop Online Privacy Act Catches the Web Off Guard