JustFilms inquiry

We support artist-driven film and new media storytelling projects that explore aspects of inequality, as well as the organizations and networks that support these projects.

Considerations when applying for grants

JustFilms accepts letters of inquiry for grants year round, averaging between 800 and 1,000 inquiries. Our funds are limited, and we are able to support only a small percentage of these projects through direct grants. JustFilms strongly advises that you use the priorities and guiding application questions below to determine whether your project might be competitive in this process. Please note that JustFilms also makes partnership grants, which are allocated as JustFilms partners described here. We invite you to explore whether your project might be better suited for support through one of these partners.

All projects submitted for JustFilms grants will be judged on the basis of

  • Artistic excellence
  • Contemporary relevance
  • Potential for strategic impact
  • Alignment with Ford priorities
  • Potential to transform stereotypes, beliefs, and value systems
  • Creativity and innovation in form
  • Focus on vulnerable population
To apply for a grant

Please note that we have very limited staffing and therefore regret that we cannot respond to each applicant directly. We do not have the capacity to respond individually to phone calls or e-mails asking about the status of your application.

 


Upon review of your materials by Ford staff, you may receive an invitation for a full proposal. If you do not hear from JustFilms within 30 business days of submitting your application, your project has not advanced in consideration. If you are contacted for further information, the entire review and decision process may take between 30 and 50 business days, given a number of variables specific to each grant.

Upload your letter of inquiry here in Word DOC or PDF format (3MB Maximum)

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Questions to guide your letter of inquiry
  • How does your project align with the foundation’s social justice mission and thematic areas of work? Include specific examples.
  • If your proposal is for film or new media content: Is your project independently produced, and does the final editorial control lie with the filmmaker or project team (i.e., not commissioned work for hire, commercially contracted, or otherwise compromised in terms of editorial independence)?
  • Is your project designed to question or reframe mainstream discourse or stereotypes around your subject? Please describe how your project might transform existing beliefs and values.
  • Is your project designed to aesthetically expand or experiment with film or new media storytelling genres? If so, how?

All projects submitted for JustFilms grants will be judged on the basis of

  • Artistic excellence
  • Contemporary relevance
  • Potential for strategic impact
  • Alignment with Ford priorities
  • Potential to transform stereotypes, beliefs, and value systems
  • Creativity and innovation in form
  • Focus on vulnerable population