New work from Maria Full Of Grace director Joshua Marston and Man Push Cart director Ramin Bahrani are among a selection of ten works-in-progress to receive grants totaling $250,000 from non-profit film support body Cinereach.

Cinereach was founded in 2006 by a group of young film-makers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs to champion socially relevant films.

Marston's US-Albanian drama Blood Feuds (working title) explores the impact of a blood feud on a modern Albanian family. Bahrani receives funding for his US narrative work Untitled Ramin Bahrani Western Project.

The other recipients include: Susan Youssef's Palestinain digital drama Habibi Rasak Kharban (Darling, Something's Wrong With Your Head) about forbidden love in Gaza; Maiko Endo's US-Japanese drama Kuichi about a youngster's search for his cultural identity; and Mark Grieco's US-Colombian documentary Marmato about activist peasant miners in a gold mining town fighting the arrival of a Canadian mining company.

Dee Rees's US drama Pariah explores a Bronx teenager's dramatic coming of age; Brian Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky's US documentary The Patron Saints examines assisted living; and Alistair Banks Griffin's US Untitled Project from Visit Films follows two brothers who set out to fulfil their mother's last wish.

Rounding out the ten are Edet Belzberg's US-Chad-Rwandan-Dutch genocide documentary Watchers Of The Sky and Mark Rosenberg's US Rooftop Films 2009 Summer Series, an outdoor screening series designed to introduce New York audiences to 44 socially-aware pictures.

'This is a tough time for film-makers and our commitment to supporting meaningful work is stronger than ever,' Philipp Engelhorn, Cinereach founder and executive director, said. 'We're proud to be involved with this remarkable group of projects.' Grants range from $10,000 to $35,000.