The Better Angels Society

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The Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film is a $200,000 cash prize presented annually by the Library of Congress in partnership with The Better Angels Society. It recognizes documentary films that focus on an American historical subject, issue, or person within a time frame occurring at least twenty years prior to submission that presents a variety of perspectives grounded in extensive and thorough research. A $50,000 cash prize will also be awarded to one runner-up, and $25,000 will be awarded to each of four additional finalists. Applicants will be notified of their status on or before September 1, 2024. Prize for Film winners will be recognized by the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, at a ceremony with Ken Burns on September 17, 2024, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

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The Better Angels Society