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Sundance Documentary Fund Accepting Proposals for Spring 2012 Grants Round

Deadline: February 9, 2012

The Sundance Documentary Fund, a program of the Sundance Institute, is dedicated to supporting documentary films from around the world that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and critical issues of our time. In funding such work, the fund seeks to encourage the diverse exchange of ideas crucial to developing an open society, raise public consciousness about human rights abuses and restrictions of civil liberties, and foster an ongoing dialogue about these issues.

The fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display artful and innovative storytelling techniques, global relevance, contemporary social issues, and potential for social engagement. The fund will only consider projects that range in length from full broadcast hour to long format feature.

Applications are accepted in two funding categories:

Development funding is provided to projects that are between development and preproduction. Grants up to $20,000 will be awarded in this category. There is no reel required with an application, but clips, teasers, trailers, and/or images are highly encouraged. A previous work sample is required.

Production/post-production grants provide up to $50,000 to filmmakers in various stages of the production and post-production process. Applications are required to include continuously edited material that is approximately 20 minutes to 75 minutes long . A previous sample work must also be included with the application.

For filmmakers who have already received a grant from the Sundance Documentary Fund, there is an additional category for which they can apply for the same project. The fund’s Audience Engagement grants support innovative outreach and engagement campaigns and cutting-edge, multi-platform engagement strategies.

The deadline for the Spring 2012 funding round is February 9, 2012.

Complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and the online application form are available at the Sundance Institute Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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