IF/Then Shorts, an initiative of Field of Vision, has inked a new partnership with American streamer Hulu to award US$100,000 in grants to short documentary filmmakers.
The inaugural IF/Then x Hulu Documentary Lab will give $25,000 in funding, as well as an invitation to a one-year lab focused on production and career training, to up to four doc short filmmaking teams with projects in development.
According to the official statement, the program will include a six-month mentorship during initial production from IF/Then staff, including monthly virtual cohort training sessions that offers keynotes from industry insiders and edit consultations.
Once a rough cut of their films is complete, filmmakers will be invited to screen their in-progress works to an invitation-only audience and receive feedback. For the remainder of the program, filmmakers will finalize their cuts and get distribution strategy and film fest consultations, publicity and marketing material guidance and general legal support. Hulu has the right to review the films for potential acquisition or further development.
The IF/Then x Hulu Documentary Lab is aiming to create opportunities for diverse talent with the program targeting filmmakers living and working in North America, with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ folks, recent immigrants, undocumented persons, persons with a disability, and/or women. The program is seeking projects from historically underrepresented voices about issues relevant to their identities and communities.
“This program was born of Hulu’s continued dedication to supporting not only indie filmmakers, but also the not-for-profit organizations that sustain this industry,” said IF/Then director Chloe Gbai in a statement. “These filmmakers will receive unparalleled creative and professional support from the team here at IF/Then along with invaluable access to the brilliant minds at Hulu. I think it’s a doc filmmaker’s dream.”
The application portal is currently open and will close once the max capacity is filled.
IF/Then Shorts was founded in 2016 as a fund and mentorship program to support storytellers from diverse backgrounds. Field of Vision launched in 2015 to commission documentaries from around the world as well as being an advocate for the rights of filmmakers and supporting cinematic innovation and representation.
Notable projects from Field of Vision include the Oscar-winning feature American Factory, as well as the Emmy-winning feature Crime + Punishment, and Emmy-nominated short The Surrender.