Sundance, Skoll expand “Stories of Change” initiative

The Sundance Institute is expanding the "Stories of Change" social entrepreneurship filmmaking initiative with a US$2.5 million grant from the Skoll Foundation. (Pictured: Open Heart)
January 14, 2015

The Sundance Institute is expanding its “Stories of Change” initiative with a US$2.5 million grant from the Skoll Foundation.

The multi-year, multi-million program was started by the two organizations in 2007 with the goal of connecting filmmakers and social entrepreneurs to create films highlighting solutions to social issues.

This latest grant will allow the initiative to encompass feature film and new media artists in addition to documentary filmmakers.

Over the past seven years, “Stories of Change” has supported 50 filmmakers, 66 social entrepreneurs and led to the creation of 11 docs – including Open Heart (pictured above), Rafea: Solar Mama, and films from the series ‘Why Poverty?’ – as well as 11 multi-platform projects, and 20 workshops and labs.

The Sundance Institute and the Skoll Foundation will host a “Stories For Change” reception during the Sundance Film Festival on January 25. The event will feature a panel discussion between filmmakers Laura Poitras, Jehane Noujaim, Orlando Bagwell, and Britdoc chief executive Jess Search, along with Independent Diplomat founder Carne Ross.

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