American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Accepting Applications for Documentary Films

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Since 1914, JDC has personified the idea that Jews are responsible for one another and for improving the well-being of vulnerable people around the world. Today, JDC works in more than seventy countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

The JDC Archives documents the activities of the organization, from its inception in 1914 to the present. The repository houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over three miles of text documents; 100,000 photographs; 1,100 audio recordings, including oral histories, historic speeches and broadcasts; and 1,300 video recordings. JDC’s historic films comprise another invaluable resource, ranging from the late 1920s to 1979.

To support its mission, the committee has issued a Request for Proposals for its 2018 grants program.

A single grant of $10,000 will be awarded to support the post-production and/or distribution costs of a documentary film focused on twentieth-century Jewish history, humanitarian assistance, or a related topic. Topics can include issues, events, and personalities related to overseas Jewish communities during the last century. Films that have utilized the JDC Archives will be given higher consideration.

To be eligible, applicants must have a proven track record as a filmmaker. 

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the JDC Archives website.


Deadline: January 24, 2018

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