NEWS — 02/02/2011 4:59 PM

Ford Foundation & Channel 4 Britdoc/Puma create 2 new international doc funds

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Two new doc funds have just been launched. They are extension of 2 existing doc supporting organization : Ford Foundation and Puma / Channel 4 Britdoc.

Ford Foundation Launches $50 Million Fund for Next-Generation Documentary Filmmakers


On 19 January 2011 Ford Foundation announced a five-year, $50 million initiative to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works address urgent social issues. The foundation said JustFilms would focus on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world.

The initiative will pursue three distinct funding paths:
. Partnerships with major organizations such as the Sundance Institute, the Independent Television Service and others
. An ongoing open application process that will help JustFilms stay attuned to fresh ideas and stories wherever they may emerge, and
. Partnership with other Ford Foundation grant-making programs where the introduction of documentary film could help draw attention to an issue or advance a movement.

Directing the JustFilms initiative will be Orlando Bagwell, an internationally respected, award-winning filmmaker who has supported documentary film and other narrative art forms over the past six years as a program officer and director in the foundation’s Freedom of Expression team.

For further information, please contact:

In Park City: Alfred Ironside, Ford Foundation Communications Director, In New York: Suzana Grego, Ford Foundation Media Chief,

In the presse : NY Times

. New award to honor documentaries with a big impact on the world


PUMA.Creative and Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation have announced the launch of the PUMA.Creative Impact Award, a major new annual award to honour the documentary film creating the most significant impact in the world, this 50,000-euro award acknowledges the film’s makers and will help the continuation of the film’s campaign work.

The PUMA.Creative Impact Award will be selected by a jury which includes Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; Morgan Spurlock, Academy Award nominated Director of Super Size Me; Orlando Bagwell, Director of the Ford Foundation Social Justice Media Initiative; and Emmanuel Jal, musician and activist.

“Finally, an award which acknowledges the unique role documentary film plays in society” said Morgan Spurlock. “I am proud to be invited to join the first jury and I encourage documentary filmmakers everywhere to take a look at this initiative. It is really going to make a difference.” “With a financial reward that encourages best practice in the filmmaking community, the aim of the PUMA.Creative Impact Award is to draw attention to the finest creative, social justice, peace and environmental filmmaking in the world” said Jess Search, CEO, Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation.”

Recent high profile releases such The Cove, Food Inc, Burma VJ, No Impact Man and The Age of Stupid will all be eligible to compete for the prize money as well as less well-known films that have had a large local effect.

“As individuals and as organisations, we are faced with some serious challenges today such as ongoing conflict, climate change, loss of biodiversity. None of these issues will solve themselves without intervention,” says Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and CEO of PUMA. “We, at PUMA, have chosen to intervene through film because it is the most powerful medium to reach mass audiences and influence opinion formers and will contribute to leaving a better world for generations to come.”

The call for the PUMA.Creative Impact Award opened on January 21 during the Sundance Film Festival. Anyone can put a film forward from any country—filmmakers, distributors, film festivals, partner organisations including NGOs and Foundations, film critics and journalists. Each filmmaking team must submit data demonstrating evidence of the film’s social impact and if shortlisted additional data and verifications will be requested. Films can be put forward any time up to three years after release (where the release is defined as first film festival screening, TV broadcast, cinema release or internet release).

Submissions close on April 1, 2011 when Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation will assess applications and produce a shortlist to be assessed by an international Peer Review Committee including: Carol Cone, Executive Vice President of Cone@Edelman; Diana Barrett, President and Founder of Fledgling Fund; Yvette Alberdingkthijm, Executive Director of WITNESS; Pat Aufderheide, Director of Center for Social Media, American University; Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Strategic Programmes at European Cultural Foundation; and Sarah Hunter, Head of UK Public Policy at Google. Five final nominated films will then be put forward to the Jury for consideration.

Filmmakers interested in applying for the PUMA.Creative Impact Award should go to

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