CURRENT ISSUES FUND
A solicitation supported by the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The LPB Current Issues Fund (CIF) provides production and post-production funding to documentary films from the Latino American perspective (60 or 90 minutes only) that explore contemporary civic and social justice issues, incorporate a journalistic approach into the filmmaking process, and have resonance for a U.S. national audience.
Journalistic practice must be integral to the project, with commitment to fairness, objectivity and accuracy. Journalistic practice is broadly defined and may include, but is not limited to, extensive research, accessing public records and data, public accountability or investigative approach, transparency of sources, and a reliance on facts.
LPB is looking for stories that explore timely issues, demonstrate artistic storytelling and have potential to engage communities in civic discourse beyond the broadcast.
LPB will accept applications for production and post-production funding; R&D applications are not accepted for the CIF. Funding requests may range from $40,000 up to $100,000. Applicants are not eligible to submit applications for additional funds from the Public Media Content Fund.
- Applicant must be Latino/a, director and/or producer; non-Latino/a co-applicants must have Latinos/as in director or producer role.
- Applicant must retain the copyright, artistic, budgetary and editorial control over the proposed project.
- Applicant must be at least 18 years of age, be citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories, and have previous film or television experience demonstrated by detailed personnel bios or resumes.
- Only one application for a project may be submitted per review period and the applicant may not make submissions for any additional projects.
- Projects submitted must be 60 min or 90 min in length; shorter formats are not accepted.
- Applicants applying to the CIF are not eligible to apply to the PMCF with the same or different project.
- First time full-length media maker applicants must have been producing other short format productions for at least three years.
- Applicant must agree to create only one version of the documentary. (A re-edited version of the LPB funded program cannot be re-packaged for another network).
- Applicant must be prepared to submit a 5-minute video sample of the current work, upon request.
- Applicant must meet all other mandatory terms and conditions outlined in the LPB production agreement.
Proposals submitted to the CIF go through a two-phase review process. In phase one, each submission is reviewed internally and sent out to professionals in the field for initial evaluation and recommendations. In phase two, projects recommended to move forward are reviewed by a panel comprised of journalists, programmers, independent filmmakers, academics and representatives from national funding organizations. If a project is selected for phase two, the applicant will be allowed to submit any updates to the project before it goes to the final evaluation committee. Final selections are announced 4-5 months after the deadline.