The Library of Congress announced today that it will begin presenting a new award, the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film.
The AP reports that the prize was named in honor of Ken Burns, “who elevated the craft of historical documentaries.”
“The annual award will recognize a filmmaker whose documentary uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories about American history,” the AP reports. “The winner will receive a $200,000 grant to help with the final production of the film.”
The report adds: “Burns says he’s been fortunate to spend his career ‘focused on our country’s history.’ He’s hopeful a new generation can be engaged to understand America’s past by supporting the work of new filmmakers.”