Short-Short Documentary Film International Grant of $5000

Deadline: May 31, 2013

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography & Film is pleased to announce a new documentary grant category – “Short-Short Documentary Film”. They are offering $5000 grant to a single completed film project.

This new category is defined as a completed film project of ten to twenty minutes in length (without commercial intermission). This category is for non-fiction film only. The subject of the film must cover topics similar to those covered in our still photography grants. These subjects include, but are not limited to stories of human unrest, famine, disease, national and international politics — human interest stories that resonate globally because of their potential
impact on humanity.


  • The best submissions will cover cultural, artistic, historical, economic, scientific, or other subjects inherent to human activity and survival.
  • Your documentary project may be produced in actual occurrence, or may employ partial reenactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is strictly on fact and not fiction.
  • Only up-and-coming filmmakers’ projects will be considered. No pro-level entries will be allowed.
  • Participants must be committed to the field of reportage and documentary filmmaking.


To be eligible for our Short-Short Documentary FilmAward/Grant;

  • a documentary short film must have been completed no earlier than one year prior to the initial Call for Entries date of November 15.
  • Qualifying film projects may either:
    • Have been already exhibited, distributed and screened in pubic venues including theatrical public performing spaces such as movie theaters, film festival special screenings, television broadcast, home video distribution and Internet transmission [or]
    • Be never-screened-before projects.
  • Advertisements of any sort will not be permitted as part of your submission either embedded, implied, or as part of its running credits (including product placements).
  • Only documentary works are eligible.
  • Participants must own or hold all necessary rights (copyrights, etc.) to their film entry.
  • All non-English dialogue and narration produced in any language must be provided with English subtitles.

Please note: Failure to follow all instructions could result in disqualification.

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