Southern Circuit Screening Partner

South Arts, Inc.

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Predicted deadline: Apr 25, 2024 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount in in-kind support

Fields of work: Documentaries Film

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Georgia (Country), Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana Show all

Location of residency: Georgia (Country), Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana Show all

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Bring independent documentary filmmakers to your community for screenings and conversations around powerful stories and the art of filmmaking. Screening Partners are partner organizations that present Southern Circuit screenings, Q&As, and other filmmaker engagements with the community. Screening Partners develop screening audiences through strategic marketing and partnerships. As a group, they participate in the film selection process and discuss programming/marketing strategies for each film. Screening Partners act as hosts to touring filmmakers, providing recommendations for travel, lodging, and dining.

South Arts coordinates filmmaker tours and provides marketing materials for each film. South Arts recognizes the value of filmmaker participation by providing an honorarium for each filmmaker’s tour, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Screening Partners must be nonprofit, educational, or governmental organizations residing in the South Arts region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Southern Circuit Screening Partners have included schools, churches, arts centers, municipalities, and other organizations, serving audiences of all ages.

Southern Circuit is invested in partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the South Arts region.

What films are presented?

Southern Circuit prioritizes featuring Southern filmmakers and stories. We are committed to presenting films by filmmakers of color, LGBTQ+ filmmakers, and filmmakers with disabilities. Selected filmmakers should have an ethical relationship with the topics and individuals/communities represented in their work. We are invested in including emerging and first-time filmmakers.

Screening Partners are provided a Southern Circuit Film Guide with potential selections for the season. Screening Partners work together to select six films that will tour to all Screening Partners. The Southern Circuit Film Selection Meeting will be held in June. At least one representative from your organization will be required to participate.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be non-profit, educational, or governmental organizations within South Arts’ nine-state region:
    • Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 
  • Non-profit tax-exempt status or an official unit of local, county or state government.
    • Tax-exempt status will be verified by a third-party entity.
    • Proof of governmental status is required. 
  • Applicants must have a DUNS number. 
  • Projects must take place in South Arts’ nine-state region.
  • Applicants must acknowledge the support of South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts in all marketing activities and contact with traditional (print, radio, TV) and social media.
  • Complete and submit a final report to South Arts at the conclusion of the tour.
  • Invited Screening Partners must comply with eligibility requirements.
    • Failure to do so will result in disqualification of future project participation and grant funds from South Arts.
  • Screenings must take place within the designated timeframe.
  • Events must be marketed to and include the public.
    • Projects are not required to serve the entire geographic community but should make diverse audiences a goal.
  • Applicants are required to provide reasonable accommodations for constituents with disabilities during events, and to include physical access (ramps, accessible parking/box office/restrooms/seating, etc.).
  • An electronic final report must be submitted at the conclusion of the Southern Circuit season.


  • Fiscal agents will not be considered.
  • Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number. 


This page was last reviewed March 07, 2023 and last updated March 07, 2023