HBO is Now Looking for Aspiring Filmmakers

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HBO and IFB are working together to create a new grant designed for documentary filmmakers.

The IFB/HBO New True Stories Funding Initiative supports several aspiring filmmakers.

IFP explains the grant is for “projects on the arts, humanities, contemporary societal and political issues, and personal documentaries with approaches that range from traditional and character-driven narratives or journalistic perspectives to those more adventurous, creatively risky and formally challenging.”

Regardless if you are working in print, audio or even video, as long as you plan on bringing a true-story to live in some media form, the IFB/HBO initiative is for you.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $30,000, depending on the scale of your project. The projects are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline, but to apply you must fill out a Letter of Inquiry.

Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, Executive VPs of HBO Documentary and Family Programming explained the importance of finding aspiring and undiscovered talent with IFB. “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.”

In return, Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP added, “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.”

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