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Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media (VMM), the premier source of media by and about Native Americans, announces their call for film and television proposals through their 2022 Public Media Fund. The Public Media Fund funds 5-10 film and television programs intended for Public Media Television Broadcasting in amounts of up to $150,000. Accepted proposals may include Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television, digital, and streaming platforms. Program proposals should represent any combination of cultures, experiences, and perspectives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

The call for film and television program proposals through Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Fund begins January 4, 2022; the deadline for submissions is Friday, February 11, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. CST. Selected proposals to be funded will be notified Spring 2022.

“Native filmmakers, directors, and producers have an impact on the conversations that are happening around the country and in our communities,” says Vision Maker Media Executive Director Francene Blythe-Lewis (Diné, Sisseton-Wahpeton, Eastern Band Cherokee). “And, the Public Media Fund ensures that we are engaging Americans with quality films and programming that addresses relevant and important issues about Native Americans and Alaska Natives.”

Proposed film and television program proposals should fit Vision Maker Media’s mission, have significant Native involvement, be intended for public media broadcast and its digital and streaming platforms, and have effective marketing that includes outreach and community engagement around the program during production and/or broadcast.

“If Vision Maker Media endorses your project, if they fund your project, it really opens a lot of doors for you and puts you on the map,” says Kevin Abourezk (Rosebud Lakota), Producer of “The Land Returns”. “Vision Maker Media is a way to allow Native people to continue to carry on their oral traditions, their storytelling. It’s a way to ensure that our histories and cultures continue. It’s a really powerful way to ensure cultural survival.”

Program funding is available in three areas:

  • Research and Development: $5,000–$25,000
  • Production: Up to $150,000
  • Post-Production: Up to $100,000

Who is Eligible:

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  • Independent and Public Television producers, film and digital makers. Applicants must hold artistic, budgetary, and editorial control and own the copyright of the proposed program.
  • Applicant's submitted work must be cleared for broadcast, digital and streaming rights for a minimum of four years.
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen.
  • Applicants must be able to show significant Native American involvement.
  • Eligible programs should meet Vision Maker Media’s mission—empowering and engaging Native people to share their stories.


  • Commercial projects.
  • Industrial or promotional films and videos.
  • Student productions of any sort, such as thesis films.
  • Programs for which four-year exclusive Public Television broadcast rights are not available.
  • Programs intended solely for theatrical release.
  • Filmmakers or production entities that are foreign-based, owned or controlled.
  • Projects funded in part by a government entity or group featured in the content of the project.

Visit for Vision Maker Media 2022 Guidelines and complete program details.

For questions about submitting a proposal, contact:


Phone: 402-472-3522

Vision Maker Media (VMM) is the premier source of public media by and about Native Americans since 1976. Our mission is empowering and engaging Native people to share stories. We envision a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate. We work with Vision Maker Media funded producers to develop, produce and distribute programs for all public media. Vision Maker Media supports training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing public broadcasting programs. A key strategy for this work is in partnerships with tribal nations, Indian organizations and Native communities. Reaching the national public and a global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native public media that shares Native perspectives with the world.

Vision Maker Media is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). For more information visit

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