The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film is accepting proposals for their $5,000 grants for a documentary photo project and a short documentary film. The deadline to enter is March 31, 2016.
The Foundation awards one $5,000 grant to a photo project concerning pressing social issues “such as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine, religious/political persecution and similar topics.” Photographers can apply for support for either new or continuing projects by submitting a 15-image portfolio, written proposal, CV and other supporting documents. The 12 shortlisted portfolios will be displayed during the Rencontres d’Arles festival in France in 2016. The winner must complete the proposed project within a year of receiving the grant.
The 2015 recipient of the Grant was Pablo Ernesto Piovano of Argentina, for his project on the human cost of the widespread use of herbicides in agriculture in Argentina.
The Foundation is also offering a new, $5,000 grant to support what it calls “Short-short Documentary Film.” Filmmakers can submit samples of their field work and proposals for producing films “highlighting human unrest, forgotten communities, over-exploited people and environments impacted by war, poverty, famine, disease, exploitation and global distress.”
A full list of guidelines for both grants are available on the website of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation.
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