THE TV5MONDE MAINE HERITAGE FILM GRANT
Maine culture is a product of many, a multi-faceted kaleidoscope made up of voices from across the globe who have found their way to our rocky coasts, sandy beaches, rolling hills, and majestic mountains. One such voice has been heard in Maine for centuries – a voice speaking the French language – and that voice has endured. Joining these enduring French voices is a new wave of immigrants, who came to Maine from countries around the world, including Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, and Angola. It is estimated that those who speak French as a primary language comprise at least 5% of Maine’s population.
We invite filmmakers to apply for a $15,000 grant underwritten by CIFF partner TV5MONDE USA, the global French language entertainment network. This grant will support production of a documentary short film (as defined by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences) that must be filmed here in Maine and will premiere at the 2021 Camden International Film Festival.
Preference will be given to projects highlighting Francophone culture in Maine and/or French-speaking populations – whether from communities who have existed in Maine for hundreds of years or recent immigrant communities, but all Maine heritage-focused projects will be considered.
Submissions are now open! Selections will be announced in early February.
Deadline: January 11th, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST
TV5MONDE is the global French language entertainment network showcasing premium films and programs from across the world. As a leader in French language entertainment, they broadcast without commercial interruptions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2020 LEF/CIFF Fellows
BOUND BY BLOOD – Echoes of the Elaine Massacre
When Sheila Walker discovers her ancestors were victims of the 1919 Elaine Race Massacre, it triggers a quest for understanding. Visiting Elaine Arkansas, she recognizes how the massacre still reverberates through her family and the still highly segregated community, which has not yet fully reckoned with its past. Through the stories of black and white descendants, BOUND BY BLOOD provides an extremely timely lens for investigating ideas around reconciling with race and history.
Directed by Franziska Blome, Llewellyn Smith
Produced by Franziska Blome, Llewellyn Smith, Annie Stopford
About the Directors
Franziska Blome is an Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning documentary researcher and filmmaker. She directed international research for the two PBS documentaries THE WALL and AFTER THE WALL, about the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. She was co-producer and researcher for the highly acclaimed PBS series on health disparities, UNNATURAL CAUSES. During her nine years at WGBH, her projects included many documentaries for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and NOVA. She’s produced and edited several shorts in recent years. Currently, she’s editing a 1-hr documentary about the criminal justice system in New Orleans. BOUND BY BLOOD is her directorial debut.
A veteran filmmaker of over 30 years, Llewellyn Smith’s documentary work takes as its focus American History, race relations and social justice. His films have received numerous awards including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont Award, the Eric Barnouw Award, the John O’Connor Film Award, the National Science Writers Award, and the Emmy Award. For 10 years Llew was Series Editor for the acclaimed PBS history series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and responsible for the acquisition and development of over 70 programs for broadcast. His race related film AMERICAN DENIAL was broadcast in 2015 on Independent Lens. He has since produced and directed several more documentaries for NOVA and PBS.