Detroit Narrative Agency: Call for Film and Moving Image Projects

The Detroit Narrative Agency aims to change the stories that form the future of this city. We are a group of Detroiters who understand that the “DNA” of of this city is made up of many stories, and who seek to shift the stories that are currently being told in and of Detroit towards justice.

We support storytellers who are advancing the narratives of justice and liberation through compelling, quality, moving-image projects.

Call for Moving Image Project Proposals

We are excited to announce the launch of our Seed Grant Program, which provides 8-12 grants of $5,000-$10,000 each for the creation, research, and development of narrative-shifting moving-image projects and projects that support the infrastructure of a healthy moving-image ecosystem in Detroit. Selected grantees will participate in a capacity building program from August 2016 to March 2017.

Detroit Narrative Agency supports “moving-image” projects such as:

  • Documentary film
  • Narrative film
  • Experimental film
  • Interactive film
  • Animation
  • Virtual reality
  • Video archive
  • Web series
  • Social media video / film such as Vine or Instagram video series
  • Video or film based mobile app
  • Video or film based installation
  • Curatorial projects (screening series, video installation, traveling exhibit, etc)
  • Film, video, or media based workshop series
  • Media analysis
  • Infrastructural support (audio & video equipment, sustainable mentorship, film development lab, etc.)

If you want to develop a moving image project in a format not listed here, please still consider applying. We welcome a broad interpretation of creative mediums and community approaches as long as they are relevant to our community guidelines.

The deadline to apply for a grant is June 24th, 2016 at midnight EST.

DNA welcomes applicants of all disciplines and backgrounds - whether you are an artist, community organizer, media-maker, community member, lifelong or longtime Detroiter, join us to help shape the stories about Detroit.

To be eligible to apply, please see the following criteria:

  • At least one point person of the project must live in Detroit (including Highland Park and Hamtramck)
  • The project must be moving-image based
  • The project must align with the narrative-shifting priorities listed in the DNA Seed Grant Guidelines
  • If your project is selected at least one point person of the project will be expected to fully participate in the skill development program between August 2016 – March 2017

Before applying, please read our guidelines and learn about what makes a strong proposal here.

Check out our FAQ here.

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