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Sundance Institute announces Documentary Film Fund grantees

The Sundance Institute has announced the 23 recipients of its Documentary Film Fund’s latest round of grants. More than US$585,000 in targeted grants will support a roster of global indie non-fiction ...
May 18, 2018

The Sundance Institute has announced the 23 recipients of its Documentary Film Fund’s latest round of grants.

More than US$585,000 in targeted grants will support a roster of global indie non-fiction storytellers from 13 countries, with 45% of the projects coming from outside the U.S. Of the supported projects, 59% are helmed by women, and 36% are first-time feature filmmakers. This announcement represents the first of two cohorts of winners to be announced this year; projects are selected as part of an ongoing rolling call.

Recently-supported acclaimed Sundance films include RaMell Ross’ Hale County This Morning This Evening (2018); Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro (2016); Feras Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo (2017); Yance Ford’s Strong Island (2017); and Josh Kriegman’s Weiner (2016).

Fore more information, head to sundance.org/documentary.

The 2018 Documentary Fund grantees are:

Development

Body Parts (United States)
Director:​ Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Producer: ​Helen Hood Scheer

The Hunt​ (United States)
Directors: ​Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw
Producers: ​Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw

Mars ​(Switzerland, France)
Director:​ Dea Gjinovci
Producers: ​Britta Rindelaub, Jasmin Basic and Sophie Faudel

The Mole Agent (Chile)
Director:​ Maite Alberdi
Producer:​ Marcela Santibañez

Untitled Religious Activism Documentary​ (United States)
Director:​ Penny Lane
Producer: ​Gabriel Sedgwick

Third River Film (United States)
Director and Producer: Robb Moss

Production

Enemies of the State​ (United States) (pictured)
Director: ​Sonia Kennebeck
Producer:​ Ines Hofmann Kanna

Mississippi Red​ (United States)
Director:​ Kelly Duane de la Vega
Producer: ​Jessica Anthony

Untitled Safe Schools Project​ (United States)
Director:​ Todd Chandler
Producer:​ Danielle Varga

Scheme Birds​ (United Kingdom, Sweden)
Directors: ​Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
Producers: ​Ruth Reid, Mario Adamson

The Silhouettes​ (Iran, Philippines)
Director:​ Afsaneh Salari
Producers: ​Jewel Maranan, Afsaneh Salari

Trans*Formed​ (United States)
Director: ​Lisa Leeman
Producers: ​Lisa Leeman, Thomas G. Miller

When Claude Got Shot​ (working title) (United States)
Director and Producer:​ Brad Lichtenstein

Untitled​ (United States, Kenya)
Director: ​Daphne Matziaraki
Producers:​ Toni Kamau, Maya Craig

Post-Production

Caballerango​ (Mexico, United States)
Director: Juan​ Pablo González
Producers:​ Jamie Gonçalves, Makena Buchanan, Ilana Coleman

Central Airport THF​ (Germany, France)
Director: ​Karim Aïnouz
Producer:​ Felix von Boehm
Co-Producers: ​Charlotte Uzu, Joana Mariani, Diane Maia

The Gospel of Eureka​ (United States)
Directors​: Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher
Producer​: Charlotte Cook

In Real Life​ (United States)
Director: ​Liza Mandelup
Producers: ​Bert Hamelinck, Lauren Cioffi

Kids ​(Australia)
Director: ​Maya Newell
Producers:​ Sophie Hyde, Rachel Nanninaaq Edwardson, Larissa Behrendt, Maya Newell

Midnight Family​ (United States, Mexico)
Director:​ Luke Lorentzen
Producers:​ Kellen Quinn, Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes, Luke Lorentzen

Midnight Traveler​ (United States, Afghanistan)
Director: ​Hassan Fazili
Producer:​ Emelie Mahdavian

The Seer and the Unseen​ (United States)
Director:​ Sara Dosa
Producer:​ Shane Boris

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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