Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation's film grants fund human interest documentary filmmaking.

IP TAKE: The Rivera-Ortiz foundation doesn’t have a ton of money up for grabs so competition is fierce.

PROFILE: Photographer Manuel Rivera-Ortiz is perhaps best known for his photographic stories of the lives of poor and disenfranchised people living in the world's least-developed countries. Rivera-Ortiz established his foundation, the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary, Photography, and Film in 2010 with a mission to inspire the next generation of photographers and filmmakers and the “vision of a better world, to take to the streets every day and document humanity on the move.”

The foundation’s film program awards grants to documentary filmmakers. The Global Grant is a $5,000 award to one “short-short” documentary film project. According to the foundation, participants “must be committed to the field of reportage and documentary filmmaking.”

Rivera-Ortiz’s Films on Human Importance and Impact is a relatively new documentary film grant program. Focusing on human interest pieces, this program is seeking out films “highlighting human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress.” This is a $5,000 grant, as well.

To learn more about the types of projects that have received backing from Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, check out its Grant Recipients page.

The foundation announces calls for submission each year, typically on November 1, with an application deadline of March 31. Grantseekers should note that these dates are subject to change, so it's important to check the foundation’s website for current deadlines.


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