The Miller / Packan Focus Grant
Project development funding for selected topics.
The Miller / Packan Focus Grant provides $15,000 in development funding for specific documentary film topics selected by The Rogovy Foundation. Our goal is to encourage awareness, debate and solutions on issues we’ve identified as ripe for further discussion. If you wish to submit your project for Documentary funding (advanced development, production and post-production) please apply to our Miller / Packan Documentary Fund instead.
Here’s How it Works:
We are huge fans of documentary films. Each year, we receive and review many hundreds of submissions for film projects. Typically we provide grants for between eight and ten films per year, which cover a wide range of issues.
Additionally, there are other topics that we feel would make terrific and impactful films. These are subjects not typically covered by our bi-annual open call process. So we’re trying something new — we’re publishing a few ideas that might interest a documentary filmmaker in search of that next project.
To kick this off, we’re listing here several project ideas for your consideration. In addition to the Topic, our listing includes other elements such as Suggested Logline, Story Premise, Impact Potential and possibly some initial reference material or links. Periodically, we will be adding new topics.
If you feel you are the right candidate to develop a project further, we ask that you submit your brief proposal using our online submission page. The entire proposal will be roughly two pages in length.
There is no time limit or deadline to these Request for Proposals. Once a filmmaker submits a proposal that we feel properly handles the development of this project, we will grant the $15,000.
What Happens Next?
After you receive a Focus Grant, we hope to see you continue the development and production of the project, with the goal that it becomes a wonderful, engaging and impactful film. Award winners hold the entire rights to the project.
Submissions that are awarded our Focus Grant will be invited to apply for further funding (up to $25,000) for additional development or production needs. There is no guarantee that winning a Focus Grant will gain you the additional funding. At that point you will be competing with the other submissions received during our bi-annual open calls.
The Request for Proposal includes several elements, which altogether should be about two pages in length. We only accept applications via our Submittable platform, which you can access here. The elements in your proposal will include the following:
• Working Title
• Proposed Logline – 1 or 2 sentences max
• Synopsis – 2 to 4 paragraphs
• Source Material – 2 paragraphs
• Anticipated Impact – 1 paragraph
• Filmmaker Biographies – 1 paragraph each (max 3)
• Estimated Timeline – 1 paragraph
Selection Process / Committee:
The applications for funding will be reviewed and vetted by the staff of the Rogovy Foundation.
About Miller / Packan
Who are Sally Miller & Mae Packan? It’s nearly certain you’ve never heard of these outstanding educators. Locally, they left a mark on several generations of high school students. Yet there are no major awards given to them, no buildings named after them, not a statue nor even a plaque. Like many exceptional educators, their impact goes largely unrecognized.
It’s in their honor, and in honor of all the other exceptional yet unheralded educators, that we dedicate this Fund. The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that perpetuate the Idealism and Critical Thinking they brought to their students.