The Big Tell – Film Contest

The Central Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC), is awarding ten (10) grants of $5,000 each for community benefit organizations and/or filmmakers to produce a short film depicting a story from California’s great Central Valley.

We are looking for stories that inform the audience about real life in the Central Valley and shine a light on the incredible people, places, and stories of our region. These are authentic, nonfiction stories that include but are not limited to triumph, redemption, grit, hardship, inspiration, perseverance, family, friendship, innovation, community, resilience, pride, humor, fear, and/or hope.

The competition will aim for a mix of professional, amateur, and student filmmakers, as well as a combination of stories that highlight the very diverse aspects of life in the Valley (ethnicity, industry, history, geography, mindset) that unify and/or divide us.

Because this is a grant, applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working with a filmmaker, or a filmmaker, individual, or organization with a 501(c)3 fiscal agent. If needed, CMAC is available to serve as a fiscal agent on behalf of a filmmaker, individual or organization. You do not need to be a CMAC member to use CMAC as your fiscal agent. However, you’re welcome to become a member to utilize our training, equipment or facilities for your documentary project.

Applicants must submit a completed application at www.thebigtell.org no later than 5 pm on Friday, June 23. There is no fee to apply.

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