Thirteen finalists have been announced in the eighth round of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation of the San Francisco Film Society.

The winners for the fall grant will be awarded up to $300,000 for their projects, which explore human and civil rights, discrimination and other social issues of our time.

“It is so rare for narrative films to get financial support in this way, completely divorced from market concerns,” said San Francisco Film Society’s new executive director Ted Hope.

“These grants allow filmmakers to tell the stories they want to tell, in the manner each story – not the market – requires.”

Close to $2.5m has been awarded to past recipients. Winners for the fall 2012 grant will be announced in December.

For more information and the complete list of finallists visit the official website.