Climate Crisis + Media Arts Fund

Climate Crisis + Media Arts Fund


The Climate Crisis + Media Arts Fund supports the production of film and media art that address the climate crisis through innovative approaches. These one-time awards of up to $10,000 can be applied to new projects or in-progress works in film, video, sound art, installation, or interactive media.

The selection committee will evaluate proposals on artistic merit and formal novelty, with a preference for new approaches to the climate emergency that aid in cultural transformation(s) necessary for planetary health and sustainability.

We welcome proposals that are collaborative in authorship, especially if those collaborations are interdisciplinary (e.g. climate science and art practice, community activism and art practice, social science and art practice, etc).

We aim to support projects that engage this urgent problem critically and creatively in ways that go beyond statistics and, instead, reveal human and nonhuman experiences of climate crisis, whether they be local or transnational, direct or oblique, sensorial or discursive.


We welcome applications from artists and/or scholars of all backgrounds working in film and media art. There are no citizenship or residency requirements to apply.

We encourage applications from people who identify as BIPOC, women, queer and/or trans, persons with disabilities, and those with limited access to other sources of funding and technical support, and we especially encourage applications from people living and working on the frontlines of the climate crisis.


Each award grants up to $10,000 in funding for a new project or work-in-progress in film, video, sound art, installation, game design, or interactive media.

award is intended to cover costs related to the creation of the proposed project, which includes equipment rental and supplies; travel and transportation costs; stipends for artists, scholars, and community partners; archival and community engagement costs; post-production expenses; costs associated with health and safety (e.g. COVID protocols), etc.

Funds cannot be used towards expenses unrelated to the proposed project, such as political fundraising, tuition, or other projects not included in the award application. Awardees will be notified by May, 2023.


Awardees will commit to participating in an event that showcases their completed work or a portion of their work-in-progress in May 2024 on Northwestern University’s campus in Evanston, IL.

A short final report will also be required and awarded projects must acknowledge award funding with the following line in the project’s credits: “Produced with the Support of Buffett Institute for Global Affairs’ Climate Crisis + Media Arts Working Group.”

Who We Are

The Climate Crisis + Media Arts Working Group combines the expressive power of the media arts with critical frames offered by the environmental humanities and the rigor of climate science, striving to influence cultural and political discourse on the climate emergency by creating new ways of depicting what it means to live and die within a changing climate.

Comprised of media artists, scholars, and curators, the CC+MA working group presents screenings and lectures, convenes interdisciplinary dialogues, and supports the creation of new artworks and new models for confronting the climate emergency.

How to Apply

For more information and job application details, see; Climate Crisis + Media Arts Fund

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