The Economist Film Project Competition

Deadline: rolling until January 2012
Open to: independent documentary filmmakers from around the world
Award: grant of $4,000 to produce six to eight minutes of footage

The Economist Film Project is an initiative by The Economist, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, to showcase the work of independent documentary filmmakers from around the world. Selected films and the topics they explore will be the subject of news segments airing regularly on PBS NewsHour beginning in March 2011 and continuing through 2011 and into 2012.

The Economist Film Project seeks compelling, thought-provoking, fact-based stories that give a broader context and explanation to the topic the film is exploring. Each film should have a point of view that inspires debate but clearly defines the nature and source of its argument. Films should have a complete, clear narrative arc with elements suited to attract a global audience.

Topics and themes to be considered can include: economics, the environment, society, health care, human rights, immigration, the arts, science & technology, war, religion, politics, government, media, justice, cultural shifts, etc.


Open to independent documentary filmmakers from around the world.
* Films must have been produced in the past five years.


You can either send a link to your film, or send two DVD copies and a print out of the form.
Filmmakers can submit more than one film, but should fill out separate copies of the required submission forms for each film.
Online form.

Technical requirements

* Aspect Ratio:
16 x 9 (Preferred)
4 x 3
* Resolution:
HD: 1920 x 1080
HD: 1280 x 720
SD: 720 x 480
* File Format:
* File Size:
2 GB maximum
* Lenght:
feature-length documentaries (40-90 minutes) and shorts (6-40 minutes)


The Economist will provide filmmakers whose films are chosen with a grant of $4,000 to produce six to eight minutes of footage from the film (or footage captured during the making of the film) for airing on PBS NewsHour as part of the segment.


Official Website

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