In our Insider Sessions, Sundance Institute staff answer your questions and guide you through the process of applying to our labs, grant opportunities and the Sundance Film Festival.

Join the staff of the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund to learn about how to apply to the Fund, how our team evaluates applications, the types of projects we support, and more. We’ll break down the different components of the application, and offer advice on how to approach them. An open Q&A with attendees will follow the presentation.

The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund supports the work of nonfiction filmmakers from around the globe. In a changing media landscape, the fund has been a stable, progressive force in supporting work that has expressed the world in creative, complex, beautiful, and provocative ways. Films with recent premieres that have been supported through the Documentary Fund include Always in Season; American Factory; Collective; Crip Camp; Of Fathers and Sons; Hale County This Morning, This Evening; Minding the Gap; The Mole Agent; and Softie.

Helpful links:

Documentary Film Program website

Documentary Fund Proposal Checklist

2022 Documentary Fund Application

Daniel oversees the review and evaluation of SDF applicants for Special Opportunity Funds and the Short Documentary Film Fund. He also assists in the review and grantee selection of General Fund applicants, and edits the Documentary Film Program Newsletter. Oakland-born, Daniel also grew up in Ohio, Texas and El Salvador. Daniel holds a BA in History and BFA in Film/TV Production from La Sierra University. Daniel is also a creative director who has directed short films, short plays, and fashion shows. Prior to Sundance, he worked at The Mill LA and at Film Independent. more...

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