The Stiftung Kulturwerk of the VG-Bild-Kunst supported LandRush with three grants that kickstarted the chapters in Brazil, Ethiopia, Iowa, Germany and the American West. In 2020 we got another smaller research grant for upcoming chapters.VG Bild-Kunst is an association with over 54,000 members: artists, who create works in the visual sector and have organized themselves into a society so that they can jointly administer those copyright claims that cannot be realistically administered individually. The society is required by the German Copyright Administration Act to use a certain proportion of the income it receives from the management of copyrights to promote cultural objectives. The Stiftung Kulturwerk cultural foundation carries out this cultural mandate. It supports projects and programs, awards grants to photographers, illustrators, graphic artists and graphic designers and sponsors projects of cultural significance in the film industry.
Filmwerkstatt Kiel der Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein GmbH supported the chapters in Ethiopia and Brazil with a small research and a production grant, and the chapter on the Salton Sea with a research grant. Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein supports cinema films and exceptional TV productions of all genres. It provides financial support for all phases of film projects, from the first script drafts through production to sales, distribution and festival presentations. Its aims include the improvement of the region’s film industry infrastructure, the support of young creative talent and career changers in practical production work, and the professionalization of media work. Support for scripts, project development, production and sales is granted in the form of conditionally repayable loans.
The Greenpeace Photo Award provided less than 25 % of the travel costs for the story about the Colorado River. The Greenpeace Photo Award supports the production of innovative photographic works that focus on environmental topics. The awarded series are published in GEO magazine and exhibited at the Coalmine in Wintherthur and the Museum der Arbeit in Hamburg. An independent jury of magazine editors and art curators determines the winners of the award.
The netzwerk recherche / Olin grant for investigative environmental journalism supported our upcoming Salton Sea chapter with a 5000 € research grant. netzwerk recherche e.V. (nr) is a registered not-for-profit association of journalists founded in 2001. nr is an independent organization, and only pursues goals with a clear public benefit. The organization seeks to improve the quality of media coverage using investigative methods of journalism. In order to facilitate investigative journalism, the association awards scholarships to journalists. Every servitor is assigned a mentor to support and advise them.
Kulturelle Filmförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern supported the story about organic agriculture and land use policies in Germany with a small research grant. Kulturelle Filmförderung supports scripts, project development, production and sales of independent creatives in the film industry of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Punkt Award for Science Journalism provided less than 40% of the travel costs for the story about the continuing drought in California. The Punkt Award for Science Journalism aims to promote the debate in society about science and innovation. It is an initiative by acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering. acatech represents the interests of the German scientific and technological communities, at home and abroad. It is autonomous, independent and a non-profit organization. As a working academy, acatech supports policy-makers and society, providing qualified technical evaluations and forward looking recommendations. The Punkt Award is judged by an independent jury of media professionals.
The ifa supported our participation at the World of Matter exhibition in Montreal and Minneapolis, and the LandRush exhibition at the Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA) in Dudelange, Luxemburg. The ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is committed to peaceful and enriching coexistence between people and cultures worldwide. It promotes art and cultural exchange in exhibitions, dialogue and conference programs. As a competence centre for international cultural relations, ifa connects civil societies, cultural practices, art, media and science. The ifa has a global network and counts on long-term cooperation. It is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of Baden-Württemberg and its capital Stuttgart.