January 12, 2022

Lincoln, Neb. (January 12, 2022) – Vision Maker Media (VMM), the premier source of media by and about Native Americans, announced 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 VMM’s Public Media Fund began 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.

Proposed film and television program proposals should fit VMM’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.


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:

  • 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 VMM 2022 Guidelines and complete program details.


For questions about submitting a proposal, contact:


Phone: 402-472-3522