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Rogovy Foundation launches Focus Fund grant

Following last week’s distribution of the 2018 Miller/Packan Documentary Film Fund award, The Rogovy Foundation has unveiled another grant opportunity for documentary filmmakers. The Focus Fund will provide USD$15,000 in development ...
February 14, 2018

Following last week’s distribution of the 2018 Miller/Packan Documentary Film Fund award, The Rogovy Foundation has unveiled another grant opportunity for documentary filmmakers.

The Focus Fund will provide USD$15,000 in development capital for specific documentary film topics selected by the Foundation.

There are currently nine topics soliciting requests for proposals, with topic working titles including: The Empathy Gene; Cannabis vs. Opioids; The Ark of Taste; The Arms Race of Higher Education; The People vs. K Street; Before You Know it; Missing Public Heroes; Medicare for All – The Business Case; and The Coming Digital Privacy Crisis.

Directors who wish to develop projects in one of these areas are asked to submit a brief proposal using the online submission page.

If a filmmaker submits a compelling and winning proposal, the funds will be disbursed immediately. The topic idea plus all legal rights to the proposed doc will reside with the filmmaker.

Once a filmmaker submits a proposal that the Foundation feels properly handles the development of the project, the topic will be closed to further submissions.

The fund is part of the foundation’s goal to encourage awareness, debate and solutions on issues it has identified as ripe for further discussion. Topics will continue to be added as time goes on.

“As huge fans and supporters of documentary films, we’re keen to contribute topic ideas that may have a significant impact,” said Hugh Rogovy, foundation founder, in a statement.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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