HBO Documentary Films and IFP Launch Fundraising Initiative

Exclusive: The new fund will “identify and nurture storytellers with new and compelling perspectives as they develop their work.”

HBO and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) today announced the IFP/HBO New True Stories funding initiative, a new fund that “will identify and nurture storytellers with new and compelling insights as they develop their work”. This new initiative aims to support and foster relationships with “new voices in a range of formats, cultivating adventurous and diverse new narratives and storytellers.”

HBO will sponsor grants for multi-format, non-fiction storytellers with development funds at the earliest stage of bringing new work to a visual format. The initiative will support a wide range of emerging filmmakers and journalists working in a range of non-fiction genres, including print, audio and video, and help storytellers develop their work visually through a wide range of content. , including short films. , feature film and serialized content.

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with HBO Documentary Films to include joint programmatic support for filmmakers and content creators on this important initiative,” IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente said in an official statement. “HBO has been a longtime supporter of IFP, and with HBO Docs’ rich history of championing nonfiction work, this grant will allow us to continue a strong tradition of supporting projects that explore new formats. even wider in non-fiction media.”

“The HBO Documentary Films team is thrilled to partner with IFP on this exciting new initiative,” Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, executive vice presidents of HBO Documentary and Family Programming, said in a statement. “Our team has a long history of working closely with IFP, who have an incredible ability to identify and support emerging talent with new ideas, and we are honored to work with them to discover exciting new voices from the field of non-fiction.”

All submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by a team of curators identifying and recommending work. Funding for the initiative is sponsored by HBO Documentary Films and initial grant amounts depend on the scale and scope of the selected projects.

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