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Sundance Film Grants

Documentary, Non Fiction, Pre-Production

Sundance Film Grants

Sundance Film Grants have a rolling open call. Submissions are accepted year-round, and they indicate three deadlines per year that correspond to the grant cycles.

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling.

The Sundance Documentary Fund supports independent nonfiction films that display artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with its intended audience.

While the Sundance Film Grant cycle is year-round, decisions typically take 3-6 months. Film submissions require you have written or visual material that demonstrates your creative and storytelling intent. You may submit at any production phase from development through post-production. You do not need any prior funding or a fiscal sponsor in order to apply.

Sundance Film Grants Application Requirements

Written Proposal

  • Proposal Checklist
  • Line Item Budget (Sample Budget: PDF / Excel)

Visual Samples

  • Completed Previous Directing Sample (any length or genre) -- optional
  • Current Sample/Rough Cut (Required for Production/Post Production)

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