Call for Submssions: 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 My Country, My Country; Why We Fight; Iraq in Fragments; Trouble the Water; If A Tree Falls and Give Up Tomorrow.
· 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.
How To Apply
The Sundance Documentary Fund postmark deadline is February 9, 2012 for both development and production proposals. To apply, register online by visiting  If you chose to apply we will look forward to reviewing your proposal. Decisions take approximately five months from the deadline.