Photo from Los Jets, an SDF sponsored documentary funded in part by The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
Durham NC, March 31, 2014 – The Southern Documentary Fund is proud to announce new filmmaking grants to be awarded in Fall 2014, funded with generous support from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
“From its beginning, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation has been a committed supporter of the arts, and we believe in the importance of documentary films to educate and inspire,” says Executive Director Mimi O’Brien. “These grants will not only benefit North Carolina’s filmmakers and our partners at the Southern Documentary Fund, but will help foster a healthy eco-system here at home for Southern filmmaking.”
“The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of SDF and our sponsored documentaries for over a decade,” says Executive Director Rachel Raney. “We are thrilled the foundation wants to deepen this partnership, by committing to annual grants. SDF knows well how to find and nurture the best Southern films in production, and looks forward to granting not only cash monies but also a robust slate of resources to these worthy projects.”
These filmmaking grants will go to documentary filmmakers working on projects in or about North Carolina. Applicants may be first time filmmakers or experienced producers/directors, and may have films at various stages of production – development, production, or post production. Full guidelines and application materials will be posted on SDF’s website by May 15th, with submissions due August 15th.
The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) is a Durham NC based nonprofit arts organization that cultivates documentary projects made in or about the American South. Inspired by our core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives and communities, we serve as a leading advocate for powerful Southern storytelling, providing filmmakers and artists with professional support and fiscal sponsorship. Since its founding in 2002, SDF has sponsored over a hundred documentaries which have screened all over the world, won critical acclaim and awards, and inspired audiences with authentic stories that matter. Learn more about SDF and our sponsored projects at: southerndocumentaryfund.org
About The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation:
Established in 1956, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Durham, NC) seeks to effect positive change in the communities and lives of people who are served through its philanthropic support. The Foundation maintains a commitment to Duke University, North Carolina, and New York City through grant making that strengthens organizations and facilitates successful programs. Now in its sixth decade, the Foundation is particularly interested in the arts, youth education, and programs that serve less advantaged populations.