‘Survivors’ Among Projects Selected for Sundance Documentary Fund Support

January 17, 2015    

Twenty three independent documentary films have been selected for Sundance Institute support in Fall 2014. Filmmakers were chosen from 881 applications received worldwide from filmmakers working in 111 unique countries of origin. Selected grantees include original voices from in-country artists from People’s Republic of China, Romania, Syria, Russia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Czech Republic, Pakistan, Israel, the U.K and the U.S. Past films supported have included CitizenFour, The Invisible War, The Square, Art and Craft, and The Queen of Versailles.

Going forward, in response to gaps in documentary funding and in keeping with its own natural evolution, the Sundance Documentary Film Program will continue to broaden the range of content it supports. Advancing the philosophy that; Art changes how we reach people and a resulting mandate to support ART/REACH/CHANGE, the Program will demonstrate deeper appreciation and support for artful and cinematic nonfiction filmmaking, while staying true to a founding commitment to contemporary stories of meaning and moral purpose.

And, in a new initiative to be more flexible and responsive to filmmakers working globally, the Sundance Documentary Fund will experiment with a move from two static deadlines annually, to a limited Rolling Open Call in 2015. The shift aims to free filmmakers to submit applications only when they feel their film is ready to share, and allows the Fund to make grant decisions more rapidly throughout the entire rolling Open Call. Further details and application information will be available on the Sundance Institute website later in January.

The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program is made possible by founding support from Open Society Foundations. Generous additional support is provided by Skoll Foundation; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ford Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; The Charles Engelhard Foundation; The Rockefeller Foundation; Arcus Foundation; TED; Time Warner Foundation; CNN Films; ESPN Films; the Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation; Compton Foundation; SundanceNow Doc Club; Threshold Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Candescent Films; Chicago Media Project; Kenneth Cole Productions; PBS; and WNET New York Public Media.

DEVELOPMENT

Aquarela (Victor Kossakovsky); Fathers & Sons – The Legacy of War (Talal Derki); HAPPENING. (James Redford); In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman); Samuel’s Truth (Peter Murimi); Survivors (Arthur Pratt, Banker White, Anna Fitch)

PRODUCTION

Beitar (Maya Zinshtein); The Evidence of Things Not Seen (Ja’Tovia Gary); Foreigners For Sale (David Borenstein); Little Berlin Wall (Toma Chagelishvili); Memories of a Penitent Heart (Cecilia Aldarondo); Through You Princess (Ido Haar); Untitled Black Rock High School Documentary (Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe)

POST- PRODUCTION

Among the Believers (Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi); Chuck Norris vs. Communism (Ilinca Calugareanu); The Road From Hainan (Nanfu Wang); The Hard Stop (George Amponsah); In Transit (Albert Maysles, Lynn True, David Usui, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu); The Last Go Round (Justin Schein); Like Ants For Sugar (Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya); Swing Low (Javid Soriano); T-REX (Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari); The Yes Men Are Revolting (Laura Nix, The Yes Men)

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT

CitizenFour (Laura Poitras); Enter the Faun (Tamar Rogoff, Daisy Wright); The Look Of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer ); Private Violence (Cynthia Hill); Watchers of the Sky (Edet Belzberg)

http://www.sundance.org/blogs/program-spotlight/sundance-institute-documentary-film-program-announces-projects-selected-for-fall-2014-support

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