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Deadline for Sundance Documentary Fund


If you are working on a documentary project focusing on human rights, equity, sustainability, social justice or another contemporary social issue the Sundance Documentary Fund could be of interest for you. Deadline for applying is February 9, 2011.

My Country, My Country - supported by Sundance

The Sundance Documentary Fund is part of the Sundance Documentary Film Program, which supports feature documentaries about contemporary social issues from the US and internationally. The focus is on films that combine storytelling artistry with global social relevance.

The Program consists of year-round artist support including the Sundance Documentary Fund, creative Documentary Labs, support activities at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and the Sundance Film Festival, Work-In-Progress screenings at selected festivals globally, and editorial and creative support.

The fund is very competitive, generally receiving between 1500 and 2000 applications per year and giving between 40-60 annually grants. The submitted projects are reviewed by a panel of film professionals and human rights experts. Proposals are evaluated on effective storytelling, originality, artistic approach, global relevance and timeliness, and potential for social engagement. Decisions take approximately four to five months from the deadline.

Films supported have included My Country, My Country; Why We Fight; Born Into Brothels; Iraq in Fragments; The Devil Came on Horseback; and Trouble the Water.

Sundance Documentary Fund consists of both development grants and production & post-production grants.

Development grants range from $10,000-$15,000 and clips, samples, trailers and teasers are highly encouraged.

Production & Post-production grants range from $25,000-$50,000. Production & Post-production proposals should include a rough cut of 20-75 minutes, ideally conveying the vision for the film. Shorter cuts or unedited source footage are generally not competitive against the longer rough cuts submitted.

The Sundance Documentary Fund postmark deadline is February 9, 2011 for both development and production proposals. Here you can read further details about applying for the Sundance Documentary Fund.

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