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

Coordinator, Documentary Specialty Funds and Shorts
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Daniel oversees the review and evaluation of applicants to Sundance's Special Opportunity Funds and the Short Documentary Film Fund. He also reviews applications for the Sundance Documentary Fund. Daniel is also a creative director who has directed short films, short plays, and fashion shows; his films have played at festivals such as ICARO International Film Festival, Paraguay International Film Festival, San Diego Latino Film Festival and Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. Prior to Sundance, he worked at The Mill LA and at Film Independent. Oakland-born, Daniel also grew up in Ohio, Texas and El Salvador. more...
Coordinator, Sundance Documentary Fund
Los Angeles, CA, USA
As Coordinator for the Sundance Documentary Fund, Julia plays an integral role in the SDF evaluation process. She oversees Fund proposal tracking and management and works closely with the Fund’s granted filmmakers, as well as with applicants, screeners, and advisors. Prior to Sundance, she worked in artist support capacities at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Tribeca Film Festival, and DOC NYC. more...

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