Doc funding opportunities: U.S. Humane Society, Bamboo Shoots

The Humane Society of the United States' Animal Content in Entertainment Documentary Film Grant has opened its call for entries, while Canadian filmmakers can vie for the Bamboo Shoots Documentary Prize, offered by Saskatoon's Angel Entertainment.
July 26, 2011

The call for entries is open for the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Content in Entertainment (ACE) Documentary Film Grant, which gives US$20,000 to a filmmaker whose project highlights an animal issue.

Past ACE Grant winners include One Lucky Elephant, which has been selected by the OWN Documentary Club, as well as The Elephant in the Living Room, which had a theatrical release last April.

Information on how to enter is at and the early bird deadline is August 1, with the regular deadline set for September 1. All entries are accepted through online application submission service withoutabox and the winner will be chosen by a panel of entertainment industry professionals.

For Canadian filmmakers, the Bamboo Shoots Documentary Prize is offering a CDN$5,000 cash prize and a $20,000 facilities and services package in conjunction with Angel Entertainment’s acquisition of Saskatchewan post house M.G. Media Group Inc, renamed Bamboo Shoots.

The prize will go to the best feature doc proposal that relates to social justice, international development, politics, or the environment.

Bamboo Shoots has also arranged a first look deal with Toronto distributor Union Pictures (Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould; Best Worst Movie) for the doc prize winner.  The deadline for entries is September 7, 2011 and no entry fee is required.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.