Grantee Profile

Firelight Media

Grants to Firelight Media

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 2 years)


    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Firelight Media identifies and supports filmmakers of color developing and producing documentary film projects on important and under-reported social issues. This grant supports the Producers Lab, which provides one-on-one mentoring and professional development to a cohort of filmmakers each year, and The Next Step Fund, which is a competitive fund that provides small grants to filmmakers with works in progress.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)


    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Created and led by Stanley Nelson, a MacArthur Fellow and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Firelight Media is a nonprofit media organization that provides long-term, one-on-one professional development assistance to independent filmmakers of color. It works with producers and directors with promising documentary film ideas to strengthen every aspect of their project, from the creative and artistic side of the filmmaking process to the business aspects of making, completing and distributing a finished film. This grant enables Firelight Media to begin a small grants program for the producers participating in the Producers Lab, as well as other minority filmmakers.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Firelight Media $500,000 between 2003 and 2014.