Ford Foundation: JustFilms

Ford Foundation: JustFilms

As the foundation works to reduce inequality in all its forms, we support artist-driven film and new media projects, and other forms of creative visual storytelling, that explore the rich diversity of the human experience. These stories inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform attitudes that perpetuate injustice.

We believe that creative visual storytelling is vital to the pursuit of justice and equity in the 21st century. To flourish, artists and their networks need aligned creative, financial, and professional supports, as well as distribution systems that enable them to reach a wide range of audiences. Historically, this field has been underresourced, and affordable, reliable access to the work remains a challenge.

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To address this, JustFilms supports ideas, individuals, institutions, and networks that accelerate progress toward social justice through creative, artist-driven visual storytelling, with a special focus on documentary work. We build and support networks to increase resources in the field, develop artists as leaders, and connect film and interactive storytellers with the tools and talent they need to do their best work, amplify their message, and extend the impact of their projects.

JustFilms projects are inspired by courageous individuals and undaunted communities seeking justice. These powerful stories expand opportunities for civic engagement and affirming the central role of culture in social transformation. Our strategy is informed by the foundation’s long history of supporting independent documentary film, public media institutions, artists, and freedom of expression—all of which have had a profound effect on the public consciousness.

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