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Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program unveils non-fiction grants

The Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program (DFP) announced its latest group of 20 non-fiction film projects to receive Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grants. The fund offers non-recoupable support for non-fiction work ...
October 27, 2021

The Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program (DFP) announced its latest group of 20 non-fiction film projects to receive Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grants.

The fund offers non-recoupable support for non-fiction work from filmmakers around the world that “continues to elevate and advance cultural dialogue and break new ground in creativity and innovation from filmmakers with a distinct voice and vision.”

A total of $600,000 in unrestricted grant support has been provided to the projects in various stages of production and distribution. This includes eight films in development, eight more in production, three in post-production, and one in post-production and impact. The films tackle subjects like disability, feminist history, globalization, grief and loss, and housing inequality. The grants are made possible by The Open Society Foundations, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Kendeda Fund.

In this cohort, eight out of the 10 U.S. films granted are helmed by at least one BIPOC director, reflecting the fund’s commitment to emerging artists whose voices have been historically marginalized. On a global level, half of the supported projects have international roots in regions prioritized by the DFP because freedom of expression is at risk, or due to local infrastructures that lack support for independent film.

“With this expansive cohort, the Documentary Film Fund is holding true to its commitment to independent storytelling. As we celebrate 20 years of funding hundreds of films, these films are a tangible representation of all that we stand for and value,” said Carrie Lozano, director of the documentary film program and artist programs for the Sundance Institute, in a release.

The latest grantees, by production stage, are:

Development

Anna Borges do Sacramento (Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Spain)
Director: Aída Bueno Sarduy
Producers: Paula Zyngierman, Leandro Listorti

The Broken R (Ecuador, Italy)
Director: Ricardo Ruales
Producers: Soledad Santelices / Matteo Pecorara

Chain of Rocks (U.S.)
Director: Damon Davis
Producers: Chris Renteria, Damon Davis

Colors of White Rock (France, Mongolia)
Director: Khoroldorj Choijoovanchig
Producers: Tessa Louise Salomé, Chantal Perrin

The Past is Waiting Up Ahead (Guatemala, U.S.)
Director: Gerardo del Valle
Producer: Gerardo del Valle

unseen (U.S.)
Director: Set Hernandez Rongkilyo
Producers: Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, Day Al-Mohamed

Waiting For Winter (Bangladesh, France, Germany)
Director: Farid Ahmad
Producers: Salma Sonia, Vincent Wang, Christoph Hahnheiser

Production

Eat Bitter (Central African Republic, China; pictured)
Directors: Pascale Appora-Gnekindy, Ningyi Sun
Producer: Mathieu Faure

Heatroom (Hong Kong)
Directors: Chan Hau Chun, Chui Chi Yin
Producer: Peter Yam

No Other Land (Palestine)
Directors: Basel Al Adarra, Yuval Abraham, Hamdan Balal, Rachel Shor
Producers: Basel Al Adarra, Yuval Abraham, Hamdan Balal, Rachel Shor

Red Herring (w/t) (U.K.)
Director: Kit Vincent
Producers: Ed Owles, Dea Gjinovci

The Vagrant Master (China)
Directors: Weichao Xu, Weixi Chen
Producers: Jia Zhao, Weicong Xia

Third Act (U.S.)
Director: Tadashi Nakamura
Producer: Ursula Liang

Untitled Lerone D. Wilson Documentary (U.S.)
Director: Lerone D. Wilson
Producers: Andrea Mustain, Lerone D. Wilson

Untitled Prison Hunger Strike Film (U.S.)
Directors: Lucas Guilkey, JoeBill Muñoz
Producers: Lucas Guilkey, JoeBill Muñoz

Watertight (U.S.)
Director: Fox Maxy
Producers: Michel Sayegh, Jaida Grey Eagle, Mad Max Alo

Post-Production

Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano (Lebanon, France)
Director: Cyril Aris
Producers: Katharina Weser, Myriam Sassine

Hidden Letters (China, U.S., Norway, Germany)
Directors: Violet Du Feng, Zhao Qing
Producers: Violet Du Feng, Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Jean Tsien, Su Kim

I Didn’t See You There (U.S.)
Director: Reid Davenport
Producer: Keith Wilson

Razing Liberty Square (U.S.)
Director: Katja Esson
Producers: Katja Esson, Ann Bennett, Corinna Sager, Ronald Baez

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