Vision Maker Media is calling for film and television proposals through its 2022 Public Media Fund, which provides for five to 10 film and television programs intended for public media broadcast.
Accepted proposals may run on PBS, digital and/or streaming platforms. Proposals should represent the cultures, experiences and perspectives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Feb. 11. Selected proposals will be notified this spring.
“Native filmmakers, directors and producers have an impact on the conversations that are happening around the country and in our communities,” said Vision Maker Media Executive Director Francene Blythe-Lewis (Diné, Sisseton-Wahpeton, Eastern Band Cherokee). “And, the Public Media Fund ensures that we are engaging Americans with quality films and programming that addresses relevant and important issues about Native Americans and Alaska Natives.”
Proposals should fit Vision Maker Media’s mission, have significant Native involvement, be intended for public media broadcast and its digital and streaming platforms, and have effective marketing that includes outreach and community engagement.
“If Vision Maker Media endorses your project, if they fund your project, it really opens a lot of doors for you and puts you on the map.” said Kevin Abourezk (Rosebud Lakota), producer of “The Land Returns.” “Vision Maker Media is a way to allow Native people to continue to carry on their oral traditions, their storytelling. It’s a way to ensure that our histories and cultures continue. It’s a really powerful way to ensure cultural survival.”