Fledgling sees storytelling as a lever to improve the lives of the most vulnerable. We know that a strong filmmaking vision and a beautifully crafted film are essential. We look for compelling, authentic, important and timely stories that are character driven and/or add a new perspective or new information to a critical social issue.
We seek projects that have unique power to inspire, educate and mobilize audiences.
We understand that audience engagement planning and implementation can happen at any point in the life of a project. However, before committing funds, we need to understand how the story develops and whether it can carry the project’s outreach and engagement goals. Typically, film projects are at a rough cut stage and interactive projects have a prototype/work sample that we can review. All projects should have a clear timeline for completion.
We recognize that many of our most pressing issues are multi-faceted and systemic. It is difficult to think about improving public health without considering food systems, toxins in our environment, housing, and access to acute, chronic and preventive health care services. Likewise, to empower young girls and provide opportunities for women to lead, we must consider education, reproductive health, economic justice and the impact of sexual and domestic violence. Addressing climate change requires attention to corporate accountability, energy extraction, consumerism and strengthening and empowering local communities. Similar arguments can be made around prison reform, democracy and economic justice. Given this complexity, we seek stories around a range of issues, but give priority to projects that seek to improve the conditions for the most vulnerable.
Proposal Strength. We do not expect applicants to have a fully developed audience engagement strategy. In fact, applicants may request funds to do just that. However, we are looking for proposals that demonstrate a commitment to social change, have clear and realistic goals, recognize the need for partners, and identify some ideas for how the project can contribute to social change around important issues.
We welcome applicants and projects from both inside and outside of the United States. However, before receiving a grant, all applicants must have a fiscal sponsor based in the United States. This does NOT need to be in place for you to submit the application, but it must be in place for the funds to be disbursed.