Rising Filmmakers

MPI's Rising Filmmakers Program awards grants to individuals who are committed to making marketable film projects about what freedom is and why it matters. The program has supported the professional development of more than 65 fellows since its launch in 2010, with participants including filmmakers, producers, directors, screenwriters, and more.

MPI staff mentor these storytellers and give them valuable advice about their feature-length and short films. The program provides guidance on scripting, production, marketing, and distribution, as well as networking opportunities. Participants receive financial support for their work and some take advantage of other MPI resources, such as MPI's Fiscal Sponsorship Program and MPI's Screenwriting Workshop. Some even host interns.

Filmmakers in this program use MPI's support to create projects that showcase their talent to agents and producers. These films have helped secure jobs, top representation, and meetings with major producers.

“MPI has been tremendously helpful in everything from script coverage to financial support. My experience with MPI has been amazing. I’m so grateful for the organization and even more grateful to be living in a free society.”

Erin Kruger, MPI filmmaker