Sundance Institute today named the global cohort of independent nonfiction film projects that comprise its latest Documentary Fund Grantees, including specialized grants administered by The Kendeda Fund and the Stories of Change Fund.
Unrestricted granting support, totaling $1.5 million, will be extended to independent nonfiction films across various stages of development, production, post-production and audience engagement; Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Fund granting is made possible by founding support from Open Society Foundations. This granting cycle’s supported projects come from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.A.
“These grantees comprise a snapshot of the boldest visions in nonfiction storytelling today,” said Hajnal Molnar-Szakacs, Director of the Documentary Film Program’s Film Fund. “From the intimate to the epic, their scopes and ambitions illuminate not only the world around us, but new ways of seeing, telling and showing.”
Today’s slate of grantees includes the latest cohort of the Stories of Change Fund, a creative partnership with the Skoll Foundation designed to connect independent storytellers with renowned social entrepreneurs, to foster story skills and networking among these communities, and to support compelling films that inspire and enlighten audiences with solutions to urgent social issues. Over eleven years, the Stories of Change Fund has granted $2.6 million across 49 projects from 94 filmmakers, and connected 90 social entrepreneurs with that community. Today’s Stories of Change Fund-supported projects are Awavena, The Concession, Cross My Heart, Decoding America, First Time Stories, Kiana’s Mission, Kokoly, The Legend of the Vagabond Queen of Lagos, The Mystery of Epilogue and The Pushouts.
Also among today’s announced projects are focused grants from The Kendeda Fund, providing specific support for projects addressing environmental themes and the challenges of gun violence. Those projects, detailed below, are Awavena, Landlock, Madidi, and Paradise.