Sundance Documentary Fund provides creative and financial support for feature length documentary films about contemporary social issues from the US and internationally. Our focus is on films that combine storytelling artistry with global social relevance. Proposals are accepted in two categories; Development (ideally with a trailer or sample from 1-20 minutes) or Production & Post-production (ideally with a sample or rough cut of approximately 20-75 minutes).
Proposals are evaluated on effective storytelling, originality, artistic approach, global relevance and timeliness, and potential for social engagement. Films supported have included This is My Picture When I Was Dead (Jordan), Garbage Dreams /We are the Zaballeen (Egypt), Dinner with the President (Pakistan), Budrus (Palestinian Territories/Israel), Be Like Others (Iran), Shayfeen.com (Egypt), My Baghdad Family (Iraq), Four Wives—One Man (Iran), Recycle (Jordan).
In a world where truth is stranger than fiction, we can help you tell the stories that must be told. The Sundance Documentary Film Program (DFP) is dedicated to supporting those film artists and issue-based stakeholders who are harnessing the power of cinematic documentary storytelling in the service of human rights, equity, sustainability, social justice, and a broad range of contemporary issues.
About The Sundance Documentary Fund
The Sundance Documentary Fund is very competitive, generally receiving between 1500 and 2000 applications per year and making some 40-60 awards annually. A panel of film professionals and human rights experts conduct a review of each docket. Proposals are evaluated on effective storytelling, originality, artistic approach, global relevance and timeliness, and potential for social engagement. Films supported have included The Oath; Why We Fight; Iraq in Fragments; Trouble the Water; Please Vote for Me and The Interrupters.
- Development grants range from $10,000-$20,000 and clips, samples, trailers and teasers are highly encouraged.
- Production & Post-production grants range from $20,000-$50,000. Production & Post-production proposals should include a rough cut of approximately 20-75 minutes, ideally conveying the vision for the film. Shorter cuts or unedited source footage are generally not competitive against the longer rough cuts submitted.