Thank you to our presenting sponsor,

The James B. McClatchy Foundation!

Important Dates

• Applications open Thursday, April 23rd
• Applications close on Friday, June 19th at Midnight
• Films will premiere Friday, October 23rd at the Tower Theatre in Fresno

What is The Big Tell?

The Big Tell is a regional filmmaking program offering grants for the
production of 5-minute minidocumentaries that feature stories from
California’s great Central Valley.

The Central Valley Community Foundation will award ten grants of
$5,000 each for the creation of short films about the amazing people,
places, and activities that make the Central Valley so remarkable and

This is the perfect opportunity to either get your start in filmmaking or
work on a passion project close to you. Winners will also be mentored by
Emmy-nominated documentarian Sascha Rice.

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2019 The Big Tell Winners

2018 The Big Tell Winners

Last year, over 700 people came our to enjoy our showcase at the Tower Theatre. Below our last year’s winners of The Big Tell Showcase:

Needle & Thread

Filmmaker: Orlando J. Gomez

Raisins Made with Love

Filmmaker: Sarah Linder Gonzales

Avenal, the Oasis in the Sun

Filmmaker: Antony V. López

Preying on Innocents

Filmmaker: Zachary Green

One Step at a Time

Filmmaker: Jes Therkelsen

Transformation in the Central Valley

Filmmaker: Floyd Sanchez


Filmmaker: Rippin Sindher

Valley of Murals

Filmmaker: Carissa Garcia & Sam Contreras

Just Stuff

Filmmaker: Karen Dusek

2017 The Big Tell Winners