2nd Annual Mexican American Cultural Education Foundation

— 10k Filmmaker Grants Call For Submissions —

LOS ANGELES, CA — June 7, 2022 — (NOTICIAS NEWSWIRE) — President of the Mexican-American Cultural Education Foundation (MACEF), Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, has announced the opening of the submission period for the 2022 2nd Annual Mexican-American Cultural Education Foundation Filmmaker Production Grants. The submission deadline is July 15, after which two filmmakers will be selected to receive $10K each.

This MACEF initiative is consistent with the organization’s mission to change the distorted, false narrative of Mexican-Americans.  Because films, TV, and streaming series have a tremendous impact on the narrative, perception, and reputation of our community, MACEF, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, believes this will help create the change needed.

Judging this year’s Grant submission will be MACEF founder Dr. Ruiz, published author and winner of 3 International Latino Book Awards for the Novel “Irreversible Damage” as well as one of the most respected Cosmetic Dentist in the country and community advocate, and Filmmaker Jesus Trevino. Trevino is a veteran Hollywood director who has directed and produced countless TV episodic series including Criminal Minds, Prison Break, and Resurrection Blvd., in addition to two films Raices de Sangre (Roots of Blood) (1978) and One Out of Ten (1979). He is a longtime member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

The purpose of the MACEF Filmmaker Production Grant, and awards will serve to promote a more accurate portrayal, showing Mexican-Americans and Chicanas/os as a valuable part of American society.


Eligibility: Film students at the graduate level and media industry professionals who need funds to finish their short film, a feature-length film, or TV pilot. Film school students working on their thesis films are encouraged to apply. Filmmakers of any background can apply, however, the production team must include at least one producer, writer, or director, and one main actor who identifies as Mexican-American or Chicana/o, of any generation or mixed ethnicity.

Submissions: To qualify for this grant the applicant must submit the script of the short film, feature-length film, or TV pilot, and be in an advanced stage of pre-production, production, or post-production. Qualifying films will be assessed by the quality of the story, the culturally positive, production team assembled, and the viability of the project. Non-stereotypical stories will have priority.

Grantees will have their films highlighted at the 2nd Annual Mexican American Film/Television Festival and Awards in 2023.

Submission Period:  June 6  to July 15, 2022

Those chosen to receive the grant will be announced by August 2022, and the award amount will be dispersed in Late August at the MACEF Grant Reception. Grantees must agree to screen their projects at the 2023 Mexican-American Film & Television Festival. The finished project must include the mention of the support of MACEF and the MACEF logo in the credits roll.

For more information on how to apply: https://www.mexicanamericancef.org under Scholarships & Grants.

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The Mexican-American Cultural Education Foundation is a Non-Profit Foundation, with the mission of educating the community about the rich cultural contributions of the Mexican-American community to this country, which are often unrecognized. To spotlight the many wildly successful Mexican immigrants, Mexican-Americans, and Chicanos and recruit their help as role models and mentors and to promote education, unity, pride, and progress. MACEF has several initiatives to support Mexican-American/Chicano filmmakers, including Production Grants and Tuition Scholarship in partnership with AFI, UCLA, TELACU, and USC-LAA.