HBO Documentary Films and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) have launched a new initiative directed at supporting innovative storytellers across the non-scripted landscape.
The IFP/HBO New True Stories Funding Initiative will look to identify and foster non-fiction storytellers with unique perspectives as they develop their projects from across a range of formats.
The fund will support a wide range of projects in genres from emerging filmmakers to journalists working in non-fiction formats – including print, audio, and video – and seeking to bring their work visually to life via short-form, feature-length and serialized content.
Grants will typically range from USS10,000 – $30,000, depending on the scale and scope of the project.
Eligible projects will focus on the arts, humanities, contemporary societal and political issues, and personal documentaries. They will range from “traditional and character-driven narratives or journalistic perspectives to more adventurous, creatively risky and formally challenging.”
Projects that share a “compelling, distinctive and fresh point of view” will be prioritized.
HBO and IFP staff will evaluate and select projects on a rolling basis.
Funding for the initiative is sponsored by HBO Documentary Films.
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“The HBO Documentary Films team is thrilled to be partnering with IFP on this exciting new initiative,” said Nancy Abraham (pictured left) and Lisa Heller (right), EVPs of HBO Documentary and Family Programming, in a joint statement. “Our team has a long history of working closely with IFP, which has an amazing capacity for identifying and supporting emerging talent with fresh ideas, and we’re honored to work with them to discover some exciting new voices coming from the non-fiction field.”
“HBO has been a longtime supporter of the IFP, and with HBO Docs’ rich history of championing non-fiction work, this grant will allow us to continue a strong tradition of supporting projects that are exploring even broader, new formats in non-fiction media,” added Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP.