Call for Submissions: The Sundance Documentary Fund

The Sundance Documentary Fund's upcoming submission deadline is July 10, 2012.

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 other contemporary social 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 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 July 10, 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.

About Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
Sundance Documentary Film Program supports feature documentaries about contemporary social issues from the US and internationally. Our focus is on films that combine storytelling artistry with global social relevance. The Program consists of year-round artist support including the Sundance Documentary Fund, creative Documentary Labs, support activities at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and the Sundance Film Festival, Work-In-Progress screenings at selected festivals globally, and editorial and creative support. The Sundance Documentary Fund is the access point and application process for all of our other creative services.
About Sundance Institute 
Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the development of original storytelling in film and theatre, and presents the annual Sundance Film Festival. Internationally recognized for its artistic development  programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists, Sundance Institute has nurtured such projects as Angels in America, Spring Awakening, Boys Don't Cry, Sin Nombre, Born into Brothels and Trouble the Water.