LPB Public Media Content Fund - Deadline Approaching

Deadline: Monday, June 4, 2012 5 PM

All applications must be submitted online HERE


The Public Media Content Fund is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, limited series or short web-based digital video (of no longer than 20 minutes) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms.

Content Priorities: Programs should bring new audiences to public media and have national relevance presenting a range of subjects issues and viewpoints that complement and challenge existing public media offerings. These programs should also aim to meet the current content priorities of PBS that include but are not limited to: Performing Arts and Drama, History, Science, News and Public Affairs. We are currently interested in projects that will help support PBS content goals in offering viewers, from all walks of life, programs that provide opportunities to explore new ideas and new worlds and broaden personal horizons. These projects should provide strong story-telling techniques that give voice to those not normally heard or seen. While proposals can take creative risks, selected projects must ultimately appeal to a wide variety of television and public media audiences. Projects that reflect personal or individual experience should have universal appeal.

Applicant Eligibility: You may submit only one application, for one project or limited series, per review period. If your proposal is among those advanced to the panel, you may be asked to submit additional supporting materials. An LPB-funded program must be the only version of the program. (A re-edited version of the LPB funded program cannot be re-packaged for another network). All funding requests must be submitted in accordance with LPB’s guidelines. An independent producer or production entity (a partnership or organization of the individual producer or producers), which is/are creating programs on the Latino experience is/are eligible. These programs must be independent of the support of a film studio, commercial broadcast or cable entity, whether on a for hire, commission or employment basis. The producer or production entity must retain the copyright and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over the proposed project.

Funding Categories and Requests: LPB funding will average between $5,000 and $100,000 for programs of most genres, including documentary, narrative, performance, mixed genre or new media. LPB will consider funding projects at any production stage. You may submit only one application, for one program or series, per review period. LPB Funding for each stage ranges as follows:

Research and Development $5,000 – $20,000 – Research and Development requests should provide funding for producers to fully develop their storylines, identify engaging characters and talent and complete a production proposal and budget. Eligible activities include: (i) research; (ii) clearance of life story rights or other rights necessary to initiate production; (iii) development of a script or treatment, including the hiring of writers; (iv) preliminary filming, if necessary prior to the commencement of principle photography; (v) completion of a production proposal and budget.

Production $25,000 – $100,000 – Production request should provide funding for producers to film, record and produce their programs, and may/may not include full completion of the program. Eligible activities include: (i) principle photography (including all production activities, hiring of crew, talent, clearance of rights for public media use; (ii) development of a website for the program and (iii) post-production (including editing and completion).

Post-Production $25,000 – $100,000 – Post-Production grants provide funding for producers to complete programs already-in-progress. Eligible activities include: (i) post-production (including editing and completion); (ii) clearance of rights required for public media use; (iii) development of a website for the program; and (iv) if approved by LPB, promotion and community engagement expenses for the initial release of the program.

Community Engagement $10,000-$25,000 – Community engagement requests should provide funding for producers to promote their programs to the public media community at large or to specific local or regional audiences. Eligible activities include: (i) creation of a website for the program; (ii) creation and distribution of educational print or electronic materials (including social media) related to the program; (iii) development and distribution of promotional materials for the program; (iv) activities related to community screenings of the program; and (v) other marketing and promotion related to the program and its distribution over public media.

New Media $5,000 – $20,000 – New Media request provide funding for producers to research, produce and complete “short form” (no more than 20 minute) programs for primary distribution over the Internet or another public television platform, and include vignettes, webisodes and other new media content. Eligible activities include: (i) research; (ii) clearance of rights necessary to produce, complete and distribute the program; (iii) all standard production and post-production activities; and (iv) creation of community engagement materials (including promotion and marketing materials).

For more information, please visit www.lpbp.org


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Latino Public Broadcasting is the leader of the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. These programs are produced for dissemination to the public broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. LPB provides a voice to the diverse Latino community on public media throughout the United States. Latino Public Broadcasting is a registered 501(c)(3), EIN: 95-4776447.
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