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New! Grants for Emerging California Mediamakers Under Age 18

California Humanities is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity through the California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program in support of California’s next generation of documentary mediamakers. Presented in alignment with CA 2020: Youth Perspective and the Future of California, our new statewide initiative focusing on the lives and experiences of young Californians, CDP NextGen invites applications from California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies in support of short nonfiction films and/or podcasts produced and directed by new and emerging mediamakers under the age of 18 that tell original stories about life in California today.

If California is sometimes seen as an indicator of where the United States is headed, then the state’s 9.2 million young people under the age of 18 will play an increasingly significant role in shaping who we are and the issues that we care about both regionally and nationally in coming years.

With an eye toward the next national election and the goal of amplifying youth voices, we want to hear the insights and perspectives of soon-to-be-voting age Californians on the most pressing issues that divide and unite us, and that shed light on not only the problems we face, but also on the solutions that youth are proposing and the futures that they envision. We seek compelling projects that reflect a broad cross-section of young Californians’ stories, bring new and previously unheard perspectives to light, and help reveal the breadth and range of California’s cultures, peoples and histories.

Organizations with an established track record of providing technical and creative training in documentary filmmaking, audio production and/or journalism for youth, and that can lead and support young mediamakers in the creation of a series of short nonfiction films and/or podcasts from concept to final edit that are suitable for broad distribution are eligible to apply for funding up to $15,000.

The deadline for CDP NextGen grants is Friday, September 14 at 5pm. Grant guidelines and application instructions will be posted to the California Documentary Project Grant page shortly.

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