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It’s a me­dia hy­brid of sorts. There is a new iden­tity on the way for NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.” The Sun­day talk sta­ple has joined forces with the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute to pro­duce a “Meet the Press Film Fes­ti­val” in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal later this fall.

“This fes­ti­val will fea­ture seven con­tem­po­rary doc­u­men­taries — 40 min­utes in length or less — about pol­icy and peo­ple with an em­pha­sis on un­told Amer­i­can sto­ries found far from Wash­ing­ton and New York,” or­ga­niz­ers ad­vise.

They are also look­ing for films and videos. The event of­fers some se­ri­ous ben­e­fits to the cre­ative crowd: Par­tic­i­pat­ing film­mak­ers will make ap­pear­ances on NBC News to ex­plain their work and will be el­i­gi­ble for up to $5,000 in “fin­ish­ing sup­port” from NBC News for such post-pro­duc­tion costs as li­cens­ing of third party ma­te­rial, mu­sic or archival footage.

The clock is tick­ing, though. The dead­line for en­ter­ing the fes­ti­val is Sept. 1, and the de­tails are found at

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