The LEF Foundation has just announced 6 grants totaling $30,000 in pre-production funding to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers.
The LEF Moving Image Fund invests in innovative feature-length documentary films that demonstrate excellence in technique, strong storytelling ability, and originality of artistic vision and voice.
“While modest, a $5,000 grant at the beginning stage of a creative project has tremendous value, as it validates and further leverages support and interest in their project,” said LEF Executive Director Lyda Kuth.
This year’s selected projects represent works by both new and experienced directors, and the works address a broad range of subject matter and a variety of approaches to the documentary form. All of these filmmakers bring a strong creative eye to their work and share a unique intimacy with their subjects.
“What I’m most proud of,” said Kuth, “is the role we play as a local funder, close to the ground, who is identifying and bringing broad recognition to talent in our region. It’s a local funder who can play this role, and in the world of documentary film, this kind of early support is rare.”