Supporting emerging filmmakers

Coming soon: New exploration film grants

Coming soon to a screen near you! The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, which has championed exploration since its inception, is about to embark on a new journey of discovery. The Exploration Film Grant Program will see the Society team up with Mountain Equipment Co-op to provide a launch pad for the next generation of filmmakers intent on telling the stories that will change our world for the better. 

The collaboration affirms both organizations’ commitment to supporting emerging visions that inform, inspire, capture or reveal a personal journey through Canada’s majestic landscapes. This new grant program will encourage the next generation of explorers to tell stories from the field: stories that explore adventure and scientific discovery, diversity and inclusion, truth and reconciliation. The grant program is open to submissions from independent filmmakers, production companies or groups.

“Through this grant program, we will provide a launch pad for emerging filmmakers who are rethinking how we tell stories about Canada and the greater world,” says Gilles Gagnier, the Society’s chief operating officer. There will be two types of grants: the Exploration Feature and the Exploration Short. Under the Exploration Feature, a documentary production grant, the Society will dispense three grants of $5,000 on behalf of MEC to independent producers, production companies or groups looking to create a film of 40 minutes or more during their expedition. The Exploration Short, a post-production grant, will offer five $2,500 contributions for shorter films that entered post-production in the first six months of 2021. The Exploration Film Grant Program underscores the Society’s commitment to the power of filmmaking to showcase modern exploration and discovery. 

Watch this space for more information on how to apply!