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Chicken and Egg Pictures Invites Proposals From Women Filmmakers for New Human Rights Film Fund

Deadline: September 30, 2011 (Letters of Intent)

A project of Tides, Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and nonprofit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers with financial support, mentorship, and more. The fund seeks to support filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental, and human rights issues addressed by their work.

Chicken & Egg Pictures has announced the launch of its Mother Wit Human Rights Film Fund to advance the human rights movement through the support of story-driven documentaries. The fund is dedicated to supporting women filmmakers and human rights activists — men, women, or youth — who together from both sides of the camera address critical human rights struggles in the global south and the United States. Films should encourage action domestically and globally in any number of areas, including civil rights; reproductive health rights; environmental, racial, and economic justice; education and literacy; and issues related to women and girls. Films must lead with a story and help expand and extend the definition of human rights to mean all the basic rights needed for people to thrive.

The fund will provide support for nonfiction features, nonfiction shorts, hybrid, new media/multiple platforms, and other categories of film.

For a project to be eligible, the film’s director must be a woman. CE will also fund films with female/male co-directors. Filmmakers must be affiliated with a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization or have an eligible fiscal sponsor. At this time, the fund will only accept proposals from U.S.-based projects. (Proposals from projects outside the U.S. are by invitation only.)

CE grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 for non-executive produced projects. The average grant size is approximately $10,000.

For complete program guidelines, the application form, and information on previously supported projects, visit the Chicken & Egg Pictures Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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