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Grants to USA Film Producers and Production Companies for Projects
Addressing Issues Relevant to Latinos and Latino Americans

Public Media Content Fund (PMCF)

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Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB)

Deadline Date:

06/27/22 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to USA and territories film producers and production companies for projects addressing issues relevant to Latinos and Latino Americans. Special consideration is given to projects that focus on Latino arts and culture. Funding is intended to support documentaries and limited series for public television. Applicants are strongly recommended to have a Latino/a in a director or producer role. If the director and producer are not Latino/a, there must be Latinos/as in key production roles for the project to be eligible.

Projects applying to the PMCF can be in the genres of the arts, history, science, biography, health, personal storytelling, and mixed genre. LPB is particularly interested in cultural and arts documentaries to balance submissions to the Current Issues Fund. Projects should present a range of subjects, issues and viewpoints that complement and challenge existing public media offerings. Projects should integrate strong story-telling techniques that give voice and provide a lens to the diverse Latino community. While projects can take creative risks and reflect personal or individual experience, they must ultimately appeal to a national U.S. audience.

Funding Categories:

LPB is primarily interested in funding projects at the production and post-production stage. Requests for research and development (R&D) are not a priority at this time. LPB funding ranges for each category as follows:

    • Research and Development: Funding to fully develop storylines, identify engaging characters, 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, budget and sample reel.
    • Production: Funding to film and produce a program. Eligible activities include: (i) principle photography (including all production activities, hiring of crew, talent, clearance of rights for public media use; (ii) post-production.
    • Post-Production: Funding to complete a program already in progress. Eligible activities include: (i) post-production (including editing and completion); (ii) clearance of rights required for public media distribution.

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 190343

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    - Research and Development: $10,000 – $20,000
    - Production: $40,000 – $100,000
    - Post-Production: $25,000 – $100,000

    Term of Contract:

    Filmmakers will be required to deobligate any portion of funding contemplated under an agreement which has not been spent or paid out by LPB to a Filmmaker within four (4) years from the end of the fiscal year in which the Production Agreement is entered into with Filmmaker.

    For complete funding contract terms, see the link to the Guidelines page in the Pre-Application Information section below.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    Applicant Eligibility:
    - An independent producer or a production entity (i.e. a partnership or organization owned by the individual producer or producers), creating programs on the Latino experience operating independently from a film studio, commercial broadcast or cable entity.
    - Applicants are strongly recommended to have a Latino/a in a director and/or producer role.
    - Applicant must retain the copyright, artistic, budgetary and editorial control over the proposed project.
    - Applicants applying to the PMCF are not eligible to apply to the CIF with the same or different project.
    - Applicants 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.
    - Applicants 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.
    - Applicants are only allowed to submit one application for a project per review period.
    - First time, full-length media makers that move forward to phase two will be required to submit a video sample of a shorter finished work that demonstrates your ability to tell a story using the visual medium.
    - All funding requests must be submitted in accordance with LPB’s guidelines.

    Not Eligible:
    - Programs/films previously submitted and declined by LPB with no substantial change to the proposal
    - Thesis projects or student films
    - Public television stations
    - Producers or production entities that are foreign based, owned or controlled
    - Industrial, promotional or advocacy projects
    - Projects for which the exclusive domestic television broadcast rights are not available
    - Projects with a primarily commercial interest
    - Projects whose content or ideas are too similar to previously LPB funded programs in production
    - Current signatories of LPB contracts who have not completed delivery
    - Current signatories re-applying for the same type of funding originally awarded
    - Employees of CPB, PBS, APT and NETA

    LPB no longer funds projects for community engagement or outreach.

    Pre-Application Information:

    Applications must be submitted through the online application process by June 27, 2022 at 5 PM PST.

    Applications must be submitted through the online process on Wizehive in order to be accepted.

    Proposals submitted to the PMCF 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 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 5-6 months after the deadline.

    Final selections are usually announced by January. Do not expect to see initial disbursement of funds until the end of first quarter of the following calendar year, after executing a production funding agreement with LPB.

    A filmmaker can submit only one application per review period. That same filmmaker can serve on the production team of another project, but cannot be an applicant.

    It isn’t necessary to have raised a certain level of funding to submit. However, if the project is selected for funding, LPB may require the applicant to raise at least fifty percent of the total project cost before issuing a production contract. Also, applicants will have to provide a specific plan for raising additional funds needed to complete the project.



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    Contact Information:

    Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

    Apply online:

    If you are experiencing any problems with the online application process, please contact Program Coordinator, Gloriana Paz at

    Latino Public Broadcasting
    3575 Cahuenga Blvd. Suite # 630
    Los Angeles, CA 90068
    Phone: (323) 969-8000

    Phone: 818-847-9656

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