Nanfu Wang‘s Born in China, Manuel Abramovich’s Cowboy Love (pictured) and Marilyn Ness‘ Charm City are part of the 33 documentaries that comprise the latest Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and Stories of Change grantees.
The grants – part of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program – are awarded for projects in development, production, post-production or at the audience engagement stage.
In all, the supported projects are comprised of directors from 17 different countries with nearly half (48%) originating from outside of the U.S, including Mexico, China, India, Denmark, Bolivia, Kenya, Sweden, Israel, Canada and Argentina.
Additionally, 81% of recipients this year have at least one woman producer or director attached to their project.
“These wildly diverse projects from around the globe encompass a staggering scope of subjects,” said HajnalMolnar-Szakacs, the Documentary Fund’s director, in a statement. “We are thrilled that our grants and tailored support opportunities can play a catalytic role across the lives of these projects, from developing creative languages to securing additional funding and finally launching the films on the world stage.”
Additional support for filmmakers comes in the form of custom grants from The Kendeda Fund, which provides specific support for projects addressing environmental themes or the challenges of gun violence; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which provides support for journalistic projects, prioritizing diverse, Native and Indigenous voices; and the Stories of Change Fund, a creative partnership with the Skoll Foundation, which supports social entrepreneurs and independent storytellers.
These Institute grantees join those supported by Science Sandbox, a collaboration with the Simons Foundation, and the Art of Nonfiction Fellowship and Fund.
The full list of Fall 2018 projects follows below. For more information on each project, click here.
Dir. Lucrecia Martel
Dir. Manuel Abramovich
Dir. Camilla Nielsson
Untitled Dystopia Film
Dir. Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Dir. Engeli Broberg
Dir. David Osit
My Mom and My Little Secret
Dir. Runze Yu
Until I Find You
Dir. Ludovic Bonleux
Dir. April Dobbins
Dir. Iva Radivojevic
Dir. Violeta Ayala
(Bolivia & Australia)
Heaven Through the Backdoor
Dir. Anna Fitch and Banker White
Just a Band
Dir. Anjali Nayar, Wanuri Kahiu
Outta The Muck
Dir. Ira McKinley & Bhawin Suchak
Dir. Sam Soko
Through the Night
Dir. Loira Limbal
Dir. Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche
Born in China
Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
The Last Out
Dir. Sami Khan and Michael Gassert
Dir. Maia Lekow and Chris King
Dir. Marilyn Ness
Dir. Bernardo Ruiz
Dir. Laura Nix
As Goes Parkland…
Dir. Kim A. Snyder
Dir. Kira Akerman
Untitled Puerto Rico Documentary
Dir. Cecilia Aldarondo
Untitled Race & Criminal Justice Project
Dir. Ursula Liang
Untitled Water Inequality in Kenya Project, scripted short
Dir. Judy Kibinge
Mystery of Epilogue, feature documentary
Dir. Feras Fayyad
The Widow Champion, short documentary
Dir. Heather Courtney