"...When a documentary film maker commissions original music for a production, he is following Lorentz's lead. When he shows what man has done to nature and what nature does to man in retaliation, he is moving in the Lorentz tradition. When he combines a dramatized story with factual material, he is following the trail Lorentz blazed..."
Robert L. Snyder, Pare Lorentz and the Documentary Film
Mission and Objective
The 2013 Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund will provide production grants totaling $95,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States. Grants will be made to up to 6 projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.
The fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz's work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork and editing. A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Community Trust.
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All application materials, including work samples, must be received by 5:00 PM PST on Monday, April 22, 2013.
Notifications of grant awards will be made in late September 2013.
Eligible projects will be in the early to mid stages of production, having completed the bulk of research and development but still having substantial production and post-production related work and expenses remaining. Grant funds may be used for production and post-production related expenses incurred during the period of support.
Expenses may include line items such as principal photography, travel, equipment purchase or rental, insurance, rights and clearances, editing and salaries. The fund does not support expenses related to fundraising, distribution, publicity, marketing or outreach.
Period of Support
The grant period of support is October 1, 2013 – September 31, 2014. Grant funds will be used to advance or reimburse production and post-production related expenses incurred during that time period.
Grants made will range from approximately $15,000-25,000.
Both IDA staff and a committee of distinguished filmmakers and other experts will review applications and accompanying materials. Some of the questions that staff and committee members will use in evaluating proposals include:
1. Narrative Proposal
Save the proposal as a single pdf document with the name ProjectTitle_Proposal.pdf. You will need to upload this document to the online application.
Save the budget as a single pdf document with the name ProjectTitle_Budget.pdf. You will need to upload this document to the online application.
3. Sample Work
Provide a sample of the work in progress up to 15 minutes in length. You can provide a longer cut but only the first 15 minutes will be considered. The work in progress can be cut scenes or selects, an early rough cut or a trailer. The sample work provided should accurately represent the film you plan to complete and provide an example of your overall stylistic and visual approach. It should include at least some originally shot footage. It may contain un-cleared footage and/or music.
Sample works must be uploaded to the video sharing sight, Vimeo.com. To upload and share your video, follow the steps below:
A program of the International Documentary Association, The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund
is made possible by The New York Community Trust.