Foundation awards nine grants for new film projects
March 22, 2013
Film can be a great medium for education and engagement purposes. With this in mind, the MacArthur Foundation recently awarded nine grants that are collectively worth more than $1 million to documentary projects. The films highlight cultural and social problems like income disparities and immigration reform in various nations.
The organization hopes to support filmmakers with this type of focus to spur the education on these types of issues and reach wider audiences.
"MacArthur's media grantmaking supports work that explores contemporary social issues with high quality reporting intended to inform, educate and inspire reflection and action," MacArthur director for media, culture and special initiatives Kathy Im explained.
She added that the awards this year were given to just nine of the almost 400 applications, based on their ability to describe long-term and contentious challenges that tend to go unreported.
The MacArthur Foundation awards grants in four focus areas - international programs; U.S. programs; media, culture and special initiatives and the fellows program. This recent slew of grants falls under the media, culture and special initiatives sector, as board members choose organizations that show a dedication to public interest topics through various types of media.