Film, Television, and Media projects must be creative and artistic in order to be eligible for funding. Documentary films are allowed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines documentary film as a film about “cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects. A documentary film may be photographed in actual occurrence, or may employ partial reenactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is on fact and not on fiction. Works that are essentially promotional or instructional are not (considered documentaries), nor are works that are essentially unfiltered records or performances.”
Film/Media/Television works ineligible for funding include:
Media projects comprised completely of live recordings, news reports or coverage of current events, sporting events and sports activity; reality, game, quiz, and talk shows; educational or instructional videos not related to art; awards presentation shows or telethons; commercials or advertisements, music videos, tourism or other promotional media are not allowed.