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Sundance gives $500,000 in grants to docs

Sundance Institute today announced the Documentary Film Program grant recipients for Spring 2010. Chosen from entries from 750 filmmakers in 111 countries, 18 feature-length contemporary issue documentary films will receive a total of $500,000 in support. In addition to financial assistance, all of the filmmakers are eligible for a range of year-round creative support services from Sundance Institute, including Creative Labs, Work-in-Progress screenings, and documentary activity at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and Sundance Film Festival.
June 30, 2010

The Sundance Institute today announced the Documentary Film Program grant recipients for Spring 2010. Chosen from entries from 750 filmmakers in 111 countries, 18 feature-length contemporary issue documentary films will receive a total of $500,000 in support. In addition to financial assistance, all of the filmmakers are eligible for a year-round creative support services from Sundance Institute including Creative Labs, Work-in-Progress screenings, and documentary activity at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is a core activity of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, which provides year-round creative support to nonfiction filmmakers globally. Proposals are accepted twice a year, and submissions are judged on their approach to storytelling, artistic treatment and innovation, subject relevance and potential for social engagement.

The selected films in the development stage are Detroit Hustles Harder by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (U.S.), Politics Not as Usual by Margarita Martinez (Colombia) and The Path(w/t) Senain Kheshgi (U.S.). The recipients in the production and post-production category are The Anderson Monarchs by Eugene Martin (U.S.), Better This World by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega (U.S.), Dear Mandela by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza (U.S./South Africa), Donor 150 by Jerry Rothwell (U.K.), Girl Model(w/t) by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon (U.S.), Granito by Pamela Yates (U.S.), Pit No. 8 by Marianna Kaat (Estonia/Ukraine), Shenandoah, PA by David Turnley (U.S.), The Interrupters by Steve James (U.S.), The Law In These Parts by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (Israel), The Mosuo Sisters by Marlo Poras and Yu Ying Wu Chou (U.S./China), The Undocumented by Marco Williams (U.S.) and Turkey Creek by Leah Mahan (U.S.), Within the Eye of the Storm by Shelley Hermon (Israel). And the recipient in the discretionary category is Losing Sacred Ground by Christopher McLeod (U.S.).

The next deadline for submissions is July 7, 2010. Please visit www.sundance.org/documentary or www.sundance.org/DocSource for more information.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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