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Sundance Institute Awards Documentary Grants

Written by: FFT Webmaster | July 18th, 2011

The Sundance Institute has announced the 29 feature-length documentary films selected to receive a total of $575,000 in Documentary Film Program (DFP) grants for the Spring 2011 round. The DFP received applications for grants from 650 filmmakers in 80 countries, and submissions were judged on their approach to storytelling, artistic treatment and innovation, subject relevance and potential for social engagement.

Filmmakers selected are working in 9 countries and represent a broad range of experience, including Academy Award-winning documentarians Roger Ross Williams and Frieda Lee Mock as well as first-time feature documentary filmmakers. Documentary subjects include the first Islam-inspired superheroes, a matchmaker for HIV-positive couples in India, the journey of a school bus from America to Guatemala, a courageous human rights lawyer fighting for justice in her native Democratic Republic of Congo, an exploration of Wonder Woman and the evolution of heroic women in popular culture, and Parisian street artist JR. In addition to receiving financial support, these filmmakers are eligible for year-round creative support from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, including Creative Labs, Work-in-Progress screenings, and documentary activity at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and Sundance Film Festival. For a complete list of this year’s grantees, visit: www.sundance.org/documentary

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