Documentary Film Program
The Sundance Institute
The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund supports the work of nonfiction filmmakers from around the globe. In a changing media landscape, the fund has been a stable, progressive force in supporting work that has expressed the world in creative, complex, beautiful, and provocative ways, and has created real cultural and social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time. In its ongoing search for artists and projects to support, the Documentary Fund is seeking filmmakers with a distinct voice and vision, and a meaningful connection to the work they create. We are especially keen to raise the voices of underserved or underrepresented communities from around the world in the service of building a more fair, free, and open society.
We accept applications year-round; grant-making decisions normally occur three times per year. Applications must be received approximately four months prior to a decision. Creative Considerations : The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for feature-length projects that display artful and innovative film language and techniques, rigorous research, originality, project feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and the potential to reach and connect with its intended audience. When looking at multiple projects tackling the same subject, preference is given to projects that have a clearly defined structure or driving question; have notable access, angle, or directorial voice; position the issues with higher stakes; or tie to more contemporarily relevant themes. In our evaluations, we heavily weigh a filmmaker’s demonstrated access to subjects, command of the craft of filmmaking, their desire to push boundaries, and the potential for the granting amount to play a catalytic role for the film. Access application here : https://apply.sundance.org/prog/2020_documentary_fund_fall_grant_cycle/
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