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The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) has announced that its latest group of 20 non-fiction film projects will receive grants from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

The fund provides non-recoverable support for non-fiction works by filmmakers around the world who “continue to elevate and advance cultural dialogue and pioneer creativity and innovation from filmmakers with voice and vision. distinct”.

A total of $600,000 in unrestricted grants was awarded to projects in various stages of production and distribution. This includes eight films in development, eight more in production, three in post-production and one in post-production and impact. The films address topics such as disability, feminist history, globalization, grief and loss, and housing inequality. Grants are made possible by the Open Society Foundations, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Kendeda Fund.

In this cohort, eight of the 10 awarded American films are directed by at least one BIPOC director, reflecting the fund’s commitment to emerging artists whose voices have historically been marginalized. Globally, half of the projects supported have international roots in regions prioritized by the DFP because freedom of expression is under threat or because of local infrastructures that lack support for independent cinema.

“With this large cohort, the Documentary Film Fund remains true to its commitment to independent storytelling. As we celebrate 20 years of funding hundreds of films, these films are a tangible representation of everything we stand for and value,” said Carrie Lozano, Director of Documentary Films and Artist Programs at Sundance Institute, in a press release.

The last beneficiaries, by stage of production, are:


Anna Borges of Sacramento (Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Spain)
Director: Aida Bueno Sarduy
Producers: Paula Zyngierman, Leandro Listorti

The broken R (Ecuador, Italy)
Director: Ricardo Ruales
Producers: Soledad Santelices / Matteo Pecorara

chain of rocks (WE)
Director: Damon Davis
Producers: Chris Renteria, Damon Davis

White Rock Colors (France, Mongolia)
Director: Khoroldorj Choijoovanchig
Producers: Tessa Louise Salomé, Chantal Perrin

The past awaits you (Guatemala, United States)
Director: Gerardo del Valle
Producer: Gerardo del Valle

invisible (WE)
Director: Set Hernandez Rongkilyo
Producers: Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, Day Al-Mohamed

Waiting for winter (Bangladesh, France, Germany)
Director: Farid Ahmad
Producers: Salma Sonia, Vincent Wang, Christoph Hahnheiser


eat bitter (Central African Republic, China; photo)
Directors: Pascale Appora-Gnekindy, Ningyi Sun
Producer: Mathieu Faure

Boiler room (Hong Kong)
Directors: Chan Hau Chun, Chui Chi Yin
Producer: Peter Yam

no other land (Palestine)
Directors: Basel Al Adarra, Yuval Abraham, Hamdan Balal, Rachel Shor
Producers: Basel Al Adarra, Yuval Abraham, Hamdan Balal, Rachel Shor

Red herring (w/t) (UK)
Director: Kit Vincent
Producers: Ed Owles, Dea Gjinovci

The Wandering Master (China)
Directors: Weichao Xu, Weixi Chen
Producers: Jia Zhao, Weicong Xia

third act (WE)
Director: Tadashi Nakamura
Producer: Ursula Liang

Untitled documentary by Lerone D. Wilson (WE)
Director: Lerone D. Wilson
Producers: Andrea Mustain, Lerone D. Wilson

Untitled film about the hunger strike in prison (WE)
Directors: Lucas Guilkey, JoeBill Muñoz
Producers: Lucas Guilkey, JoeBill Muñoz

Waterproof (WE)
Director: Maxy Fox
Producers: Michel Sayegh, Jaida Gray Eagle, Mad Max Alo

Post production

Dancing on the edge of a volcano (Lebanon, France)
Director: Cyril Aris
Producers: Katharina Weser, Myriam Sassine

hidden letters (China, USA, Norway, Germany)
Directors: Violet Du Feng, Zhao Qing
Producers: Violet Du Feng, Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Jean Tsien, Su Kim

I didn’t see you there (WE)
Director: Reid Davenport
Producer: Keith Wilson

Raze Liberty Square (WE)
Director: Katja Esson
Producers: Katja Esson, Ann Bennett, Corinna Sager, Ronald Baez