NAPT Announces Open Call For Proposals For Filmmakers - Hidden World Of Girl's Series
Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) proudly announces its annual Open Call for proposals from filmmakers. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the NAPT Public Television Program Fund will award support to video projects with significant Native involvement--including documentary, performance, cultural/public affairs and animation--and help bring the projects to national broadcast on public television.
Submitted proposals must be postmarked by March 16, 2011.
"The purpose of the Program Fund is to increase the diversity of voices in public media," said NAPT Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Sicangu Lakota). "There are very few avenues open to documentary filmmakers, and NAPT believes that our organization has a great responsibility to support the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media."
NAPT also believes that support from NAPT can help open other doors for various forms of other funding." Projects in any phase of production are eligible to apply for funding with NAPT. Awards for research and development range from $10,000 to $25,000, and awards for production or completion can be up to $100,000.
NAPT does not fully fund programs, and awardees are required to seek additional funding from other sources. Projects funded through NAPT will be considered for home and/or educational DVD distribution through NAPT's service VisionMaker Video.
"First and foremost, NAPT is looking for compelling Native stories," Sneve says. "Second, NAPT would like to see programs that accurately illuminate aspects of contemporary Tribal cultures or peoples. The primary audience is PBS viewers, so NAPT wants stories that transcend cultures."
A five-person anonymous panel of public television professionals, independent producers, and Native history and resource experts review submissions and recommend proposals for funding. Additionally, NAPT assists producers with fundraising, navigating the public television system, marketing efforts and thinking beyond the broadcast.
"Many folks who would be interested in this content may not watch television, but they do use the Internet," says NAPT Assistant Director Georgiana Lee (Navajo). "There is more to many of these stories than can be told in an hour-long television program, and NAPT can show that on the Web via our soon-to-be-launched educational microsite, downloadable podcasts and more."
For program fund guidelines and application materials, please visit nativetelecom.org/program_fund.
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A new piece from our Hidden World of Girls series will be aired this Monday on NPR's Morning Edition.
We think our story, which is about recovering tradition and building unity within the Native American community, might be of interest to Native Unity readers!
In this piece, we look at The Brave Heart Women's Society, and coming of age rituals on a reservation in South Dakota.
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