HBO And IFP Launch A Fund To Develop New Writers 

HBO Documentary Films and Independent Filmmaker Project have announced a new fund to enhance identify and nurture storytellers with fresh and compelling perspectives as they develop their work. Called the IFP/HBO New True Stories Funding Initiative, it has been created to sponsor grants for multi-format, non-fiction storytellers with development funds at the earliest stage of bringing new work to a visual format.

Supporting a wide range of filmmakers and journalists, across a wide spectrum of non-fiction genres as well as support them creating visual work whether it’s a feature film, short or other. This initiative is trying to foster and nurture new voices whilst creating compelling and diverse stories.

“We are excited to be expanding our partnership with HBO Documentary Films to include joint programmatic support for filmmakers and content creators on this important initiative,” says Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP, in an official statement. “HBO has been a longtime supporter of the IFP, and with HBO Docs’ rich history of championing non-fiction work, this grant will allow us to continue a strong tradition of supporting projects that are exploring even broader, new formats in non-fiction media.”

“The HBO Documentary Films team is thrilled to be partnering with IFP on this exciting new initiative,” said Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller, executive vice presidents of HBO Documentary and Family Programming, in a statement. “Our team has a long history of working closely with IFP, which has an amazing capacity for identifying and supporting emerging talent with fresh ideas, and we’re honored to work with them to discover some exciting new voices coming from the non-fiction field.”

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