Bridging Cultures Through Film
National Endowment for the Humanities
Deadline: January 5, 2011
The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports projects
that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary
films. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring
one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries
must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship.
The Division of Public Programs encourages the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents
multiple points of view in creative formats. The proposed film must range in length from a stand-alone broadcast hour
to a feature-length documentary.
We invite a wide range of approaches to international and transnational topics and themes, such as:
• an examination of a critical issue in ethics, religion, or history, viewed through an international lens;
• an exploration of a topic that transcends a single nation-state, with the topic being explored across borders;
• a biography of a foreign leader, writer, artist, or historical figure; or
• an exploration of the history and culture(s) of a specific region, country, or community outside of the United
Projects are strongly encouraged to demonstrate international collaboration by enlisting scholars
based both in the United States and abroad, and/or by working with an international media team. Such
collaborations should bring broader cross-cultural perspectives to the proposed topics.
Funding: Awards are for one to three years and for up to $75,000 (for development) and up to $800,000 (for production).
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