The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports documentary films that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship.
The Division of Public Programs encourages innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents multiple points of view in creative formats. The proposed film should range in length from thirty minutes to a feature-length documentary.
We invite a wide range of approaches to international and transnational topics and themes, such as
- an examination of a critical issue in ethics, religion, literature, or history, viewed through an international lens;
- an exploration of a topic that transcends a single nation-state;
- a biography of a foreign leader, writer, artist, or historical figure; or
- an exploration of the history and culture(s) of a specific region, country, or community outside of the United States.
In the last four competitions the Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program received an average of 79 applications. The program made an average of six awards per competition, for a funding ratio of 8 percent.
The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely competition to competition, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from firstname.lastname@example.org .
Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 or email@example.com . Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.