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2017 CA Documentary Project Guidelines Now Available

California Documentary Project grants for documentary film, audio and digital media are now available. Deadline: November 1, 2017

The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective and reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond.

Funding is available in two categories:

  • Research and Development Grants up to $10,000
  • Production Grants up to $50,000

Since 2003, California Humanities has awarded over $5 million to projects that document California and its cultures, peoples, and histories, and that together help us better understand who we are and where we live. Recently supported projects include the podcasts and radio series California FoodwaysThe Stoop and The Intersection; interactive and transmedia documentaries such as K-TOWN ‘92 and The Mojave Project; and documentary films such as REAL BOYThe Return, Forever, ChinatownNo Más Bebés?The Last Day of FreedomRomeo is BleedingOvarian PsycosTribal JusticeDogtown Redemption and many more.

For complete guidelines, application instructions and a list of previously awarded funded projects please visit the California Documentary Project grants page.

CDP grant workshops and webinar are now available. Click here to register.

For more information, contact Senior Program Officer John Lightfoot.

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