2016 MediaMakers Studio
As important members of our arts community, we wanted to share an exciting new opportunity from the State Department. As always, we appreciate your continued collaboration on our diverse cultural programs, and we hope you’ll explore and share this funding opportunity for a new exchange program focused on media and mentoring.
Accepting proposals now through July 15, 2015
The MediaMakers Studio will be an innovative film and television mentoring exchange program run in collaboration with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
The Cultural Programs Division is now accepting proposals from U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3) to conduct an innovative professional development program with leading U.S. entertainment and media mentors that will enhance the creative impact of filmmaking professionals from participating countries. This program, like other ECA film program models, seeks to elevate influential voices that are building resilient civil societies by using film, television and new media to address critical local issues including, but not limited to, human rights, pluralism, women’s empowerment, and tolerance.
The MediaMakers Studio will connect approximately 12-18 talented film and video professionals from approximately four to six countries with mentors in the U.S. entertainment industry, who will help facilitate behind-the-scenes access, bolster participants’ technical skills and creative content development, and build the foundations for lasting professional networks. The majority of the program will take place in Los Angeles, California.