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JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives is pleased to announce its 2019 grant for post-production, distribution, and/or JDC Archives licensing costs of a documentary film, which draws on the JDC archival collections.

  • This competitive process will select one documentary film, which will be awarded a grant of $10,000.
  • Eligible films will focus on twentieth century Jewish history, humanitarian assistance, and related topics. Topics can include issues, events and personalities related to overseas Jewish communities during the last century.
  • Applicants must have a proven track record as a filmmaker.
  • Films that have utilized the JDC Archives will be given higher consideration.
  • Funds will be given for post-production, distribution, and/or JDC Archives licensing costs for a film currently in production or in post-production.
  • Applications are due by February 25, 2019.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. Since 1914, JDC has exemplified that all Jews are responsible for one another and for improving the well-being of vulnerable people around the world. Today, JDC works in more than 70 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.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to click the link below to apply.

JDC Archives Film Grant Application Form

Please access the JDC Archives finding aids here.

Titles and descriptive information for JDC films and videos relating to your topic can be obtained by submitting an AV research request here.

For more information, please contact us.