What is The Big Tell?

The Big Tell is a regional filmmaking program offering grants for the production of 5-minute short documentaries that feature stories from California’s great Central Valley.

Community Media Access Collaborative will award ten grants of $5,000 each for the creation of short films about the amazing people, places, and activities that make the Central Valley so remarkable.

Winners will have 3 months to complete their short film, and will receive one-on-one mentorship from Emmy-nominated documentarian Sascha Brown Rice.


The Big Tell 2022 is presented by the James B. McClatchy Foundation and the Central Valley Community Foundation.