The Sundance Institute recently announced their 27 recipients for development, production and audience engagement grants. Of the 27 grant recipients, 15 of the projects are led by women or include women on their teams.
In Development, there were 8 projects with women receiving grants, including 99%–The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film, which has 7 women working on it. A majority of the films in the development category are directed by women.
Production had 7 projects with women receiving grants for their films. Several of the films, including BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez and Baglar, are co-directed by women.
In the Audience Engagement category, The Invisible War the critically acclaimed documentary about military rape, received a grant. The filmmaker plan on using the funds to develop and support a campaign to hold the U.S. Department of Defense to work on strategy to reduce sexual assault rates, provide support services and hold those accountable for their crimes.
Here are the women who received grants by category:
Audrey Ewell, Nina Krstic, Katie Teague – 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film
Kyoko Miyake – Beyond the Wave
Ivy Meeropol – Indian Point
Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman – Logs of War
Deepti Kakkar – Powerless
Amber Fares – Speed Sisters
Jehane Noujaim – The Square
Amy Berg – This is America
Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater – BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez
Melis Birder, Berke Bas – Baglar
Samantha Buck – Best Kept Secret
Blair Doroshwalther – The Fire This Time
Anna Fitch – The Genius of Marian
Carol Dysinger – One Bullet: Afghanistan
Berit Madsen – Stargazing