Sundance Institute Doc Fund Announces Doc Project Grants
by Sandra Ogle
The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund announced the winners of its second round of 2004 grants this week. A total of $435,000 will be awarded to 11 feature-length documentary films that were selected from over 400 submissions by a panel of film professionals and human rights experts. In the last two years, over $2 million has been distributed to 73 projects in support of films that, according to the fund, “focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, and civil liberties.”
This year, the selected films cover a wide range of subjects, ranging from the war in Iraq to Israeli divorce to the lives of immigrants to genocide. “These projects were selected from among the strongest field of submissions we’ve ever received,” said Diane Weyermann, director of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, in a prepared statement. “This is an exciting time for risky, political nonfiction film. Audiences and distribution opportunities for documentary films are increasing, and the marketplace is looking for new and interesting stories.”
The fund awards grants in three categories — Work in progress, development, and supplemental. Supplemental grants are awarded to previous development grant winners whose films are now considered to be works in progress. A full list of the recipients is below. More information can be found at www.sundance.org.
The recipients of the work in progress grants: Natalia Almada, “Al Otro Lado” (To the Other Side), U.S.; Raed Andoni, “Improvisation,” Palestine; Eugene Jarecki, “Why We Fight,” U.S.; Anne Makepeace, “Refugee Dreams,” U.S. Nicole Newnham and David Grabias, “Sentenced Home,” U.S.; Dennis O’Rourke, “Land Mines, a Love Story,” Australia; Leslie Woodhead, “Hasan’s War,” U.K. Anat Zuria, “Sentenced to Marriage,” Israel. The recipients of the development grants: Renata Gritskova‘s “After,” (Belarus) and Sabiha Sumar, “Musharraf’s Destiny” (Pakistan). Supplemental grants were awarded to Mercedes Moncada, for “The Immortal,” (Nicaragua/Spain).