Vision Maker Media invites proposals for programs intended for Public Television that represent the experiences, values, and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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2014 National Native Media Conference Call for Proposals

Deadline: February 20, 2014

The Native American Journalists Association welcomes conference proposals for the 2014 National Native Media Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, Calif. Conference co-hosts are Native Public Media and Vision Maker Media.

NAJA invites members and other professionals to help shape the conversation by submitting a conference proposal. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

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Rohn Buser, the 24 year old musher out of Big Lake, was able to add another championship title to his resume, coming in just minutes before defending champion Jeff King. This marks Buser’s second championship title for the season after recently taking first place in the Knik 200.

The Bogus Creek 150 concluded Saturday night with 9 of the mushers completing the race. Watch the first 4 finishers for the 2014 Bogus Creek 150.

K300 race start

by Kristin Hall on January 18, 2014

After much speculation and a blizzard warning the 35th running of the K300 went off without a hitch on Friday night. Warm weather brought out many spectators as the competitive field took off for the 2014 K300.

Bogus Creek 150 race start

by Kristin Hall on January 18, 2014

Ten teams set out to compete for the championship title of the 2014 Bogus Creek 150 on Friday, January 17.

What’s it feel like to win the Kuskowkim 300 nine times? Only one person can answer that question: defending champion, Jeff King.

The Williams family racing legacy looks more secure with the birth of twins last November. This year he’ll have to toe the line with less than a full team of dogs.

Horrible early winter training conditions in Diehl’s hometown of Aniak forced the three-time K300 racer to pack up his team and head to the interior to stay competitive.

Tony Browning was last year’s Kuskokwim 300 runner-up, a surprise to many, but not him.

Lincoln, Neb.: Vision Maker Media announces a March 14 deadline for applications from filmmakers for its Public Media Content Fund, a program which has funded filmmakers since 1990. With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund will award support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m.Central.

“The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage and increase the diversity of Native American voices in public media,” said Assistant Director Georgiana Lee (Navajo). “There are very few avenues open to films–much less Native documentaries–and we believe that support from Vision Maker Media can help open doors for various forms of additional funding for our filmmakers. We have a great privilege and responsibility to support the creation, promotion, and distribution of Native media.”

Projects in any phase of production are eligible to apply for funding with Vision Maker Media. Awards for research and development range from $5,000 to $20,000; awards for production or completion can be up to $100,000; and, new media awards range from $5,000 to $20,000. Vision Maker Media does not fully fund programs, and awardees are required to seek additional funding from other sources. Programs selected for funding will be offered additional distribution opportunities including educational and home DVD distribution

“Vision Maker Media is looking for compelling Native stories that appeal to broad audiences. We’re particularly looking for stories that advance CPB’s initiatives–the American Graduate and Women & Girls Lead,” commented Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux). “We want to see programs that accurately illuminate aspects of contemporary Tribal cultures or peoples. In addition, we are seeking proposals for production of episodes for Growing Native, a regional series about Tribal people who are reclaiming old ways for health today (”

“This year, the application process will be slightly different,” said Interactive Media Specialist Eric Martin. “Through a partnership with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), we will have an electronic-application submission process through the online platform SlideRoom. This program offers a step-by-step guide for applicants seeking funding (”

Vision Maker Media convenes a panel of Public Television professionals, independent filmmakers, and American Indian/Alaska Native educators to review submissions and recommend applications for funding. Additionally, Vision Maker Media assists filmmakers with fund raising, navigating the Public Television system for national broadcast, educational resource development, community engagement, and marketing efforts.

For Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund guidelines and a link to the online application submission form, please

Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares Native stories with the world by advancing media that represents the experiences, values, and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media is your premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media–to be the next generation of storytellers.

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Georgiana Lee, Assistant Director
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