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The Alter-Ciné Foundation’s documentary film grants program is accepting applications from young documentary filmmakers from Africa, Asia, or Latin America

The Alter-Ciné Foundation has announced that it will again this year award a CA$10,000 grant to support the production of a documentary project. The grant program is open to all young film and video makers who are natives and residents of African, Asian, or Latin American countries. Grants enable recipients to produce documentaries about the defense of rights and freedoms, including social and economic rights, women’s rights, and the right to culture and artistic creation.

The Alter-Ciné Foundation was established in memory of Québec filmmaker Yvan Patry, who died October 14, 1999. A documentary filmmaker and cofounder of the production company Alter-Ciné, Yvan Patry directed a number of documentaries and reports in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

On its website, Alter-Ciné states that “The Foundation particularly supports documentary films that dare to go against the tide, that take the side of the defenseless and question common assumptions by giving a voice to the voiceless, enriching our understanding of the world and helping us reflect on the possibility of changing the world from a perspective of peace, justice, equality and respect for differences.”

Applications must be received by August 15, 2009. To learn more about the grant program, visit the Alter-Ciné website.

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