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GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Sundance Institute Documentary Fund

Sundance Institute
Deadline: 02-09-2012


The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund provides support for U.S. and international documentary films that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and exploring critical issues of our time. More than 500 awards have supported documentary filmmakers in 61 countries globally. The Documentary Fund was established at Sundance Institute in 2002 with a gift from the Open Society Institute and is supported by grants from the Ford Foundation and Open Society Institute, among others.


Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grants are announced twice a year. Since its inception, the Fund has supported more than 500 films in 61 countries. A committee of human rights experts and film professionals make recommendations from projects submitted by filmmakers from around the world. The Fund reviews between 1,400 and 2,000 proposals annually, choosing 35-50 for support each year. In funding such work, the Documentary Fund encourages the diverse exchange of ideas that is crucial to fostering an open society and public dialogue about contemporary issues.


The Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display:


* Artful and innovative storytelling techniques
* Global relevance
* Contemporary social issues
* Potential for social engagement


Initial proposals are considered in two categories:


1) Development grants provide seed funds to filmmakers whose projects are in the early research or pre-production stage. Grant awards will range up to $20,000, and a previous directing sample is required. (If no directing sample is available, a creative visual work indicating the director’s artistic point of view and storytelling ability is required.)


2) Production and Post-Production grants provide funds to filmmakers in various stages of the production and post-production stages. Applications should include at least twenty minutes of continuously edited material. Longer cuts and fine cuts can be submitted if available.


If you have already received a grant from the Documentary Fund, there is an additional category for which you can apply for the same project. Audience Engagement grants support innovative outreach and engagement campaigns and cutting-edge multi-platform engagement strategies.


Visit the Sundance Institute Web site for complete program information.


Phone: (310) 360-1981
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