Sundance Institute names Doc Fund grant recipients

Twenty-two feature-length documentary projects have been selected as grant recipients for the Fall 2010 round of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Fund, with $550,000 awarded in total.
December 13, 2010

Twenty-two feature-length documentary projects have been selected as grant recipients for the Fall 2010 round of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund, with $550,000 awarded in total.

Two of the 22 projects will receive a grant from the Sundance | Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute, part of a $1.5 million three-year grant funded by Cinereach. A portion of the grant is for emergency or discretionary grants and support for risk-taking documentaries that deal with urgent global issues, as well as support.

Those two projects are God Loves Uganda, a U.S. production helmed by Roger Ross Williams, and If a Tree Falls, an American production directed by Marshall Curry.

Grants for development have been awarded to A Bear Over My Head from Georgian filmmaker Zaza Rusadze; The E-Team from American directoes Katy Chevugny and Ross Kauffman; Haiti: Billions for a Refoundation, a Haiti/France/U.S. coproduction directed by Raoul Peck and Nuclear Underground, from filmmakers Peter Galison and Robb Moss.

Production and post-production grants were awarded to Arizona Project from American filmmakers Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini; The Bully Project from Lee Hirsch of the U.S.; China Heavyweight, a China/Canada copro directed by Yung Chang; El Jardin (w/t), a U.S./Mexico copro directed by Natalia Almada; A Fierce Green Fire from American filmmaker Mark Kitchell; Higher Ground (w/t) from U.S. filmmaker Jon Shenk; More than a Month from American director Shukree Tilghman; Oscar’s Comeback, an American production from Lisa Collins and Mark Schwartzburt; Planet of Snail from South Korean director Seung-Jun Yi; SEMBENE!, a U.S./Senegal copro from Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman; Sun Kissed from American filmmakers Maya Stark and Adi Lavy; Watchers of the Sky from U.S. director Edet Belzberg; When Two Worlds Collide , a Peruvian production from Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel and When the Drum is Beating, a U.S. production, directed by Whitney Dow.

Grants awarded for projects in the audience engagement phase went to A Small Act from Jennifer Arnold and Soldiers of Conscience from Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan.

These films were chosen from close to 450 projects from 80 countries. Proposals for the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund are accepted twice a year, and submissions are evaluated are on their approaches to storytelling, artistic treatment and innovation, subject relevance and potential for social engagement. The next postmarked deadline is February 9, 2011. For more information, visit or .

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