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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 break down the different components of the application and offer advice on how to approach them. An open Q&A with attendees follows 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, and has created real cultural and social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time. We are especially keen to raise the voices of underserved or underrepresented communities from around the world in the service of building a more fair, free, and open society. Recently supported films have included Agent of Happiness, Always in Season, All That Breathes, Ascension, Collective, Crip Camp, Faya Dayi, Of Fathers and Sons, Fire of Love, I Didn’t See You There, Mija, Minding the Gap, The Mole Agent, Nocturnes, Softie, Sugarcane, Union, and Writing With Fire.

Helpful links:

Documentary Film Program website

Documentary Fund Proposal Checklist

2024 Documentary Fund Application

Manager, Documentary Film Fund
Dominic Davis returned to the Sundance Institute in 2022 as Manager of the Documentary Film Fund. In 2011, Dominic worked as a coordinator in the Artist Relations of the Sundance Film Festival, where he discovered and then pursued film programming as a profession. While programming for the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History, Tribeca Film Festival and Rooftop Films, he reviewed applications for Catapult Film Fund and Creative Capital and managed the Rooftop Films Filmmakers Fund. Dominic has a degree in mass media studies and political science from the University of Kentucky. When not watching movies, he goes for very long runs. more...
Coordinator, Documentary Film Fund
Evan Neff is a nonprofit arts professional working to expand the breadth of stories in independent film to affirm and embrace underrepresented experiences through community-focused artist support. Evan coordinates the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and has served on review panels for Tribeca Film Festival, International Documentary Association, Impact Partners, The Gotham, NewFest, and SFFILM. Evan produced Sam Green’s Don’t Call Me Gay Zelig (Whitney Biennial 2019), co-produced 32 Sounds (Sundance 2022), and associate produced Storm Lake (Full Frame 2021) and A Thousand Thoughts (Sundance 2018). Evan was named a 2023 Rockwood Institute/MacArthur Journalism and Media Leader and a 2020 Impact Partners Producing Fellow. Evan champions bold, underrepresented voices that have the power to create new ways of seeing. more...
Moderator | Digital Course & Event Producer
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Katherine "Kat" Street is an LA-based award-winning filmmaker and Philadelphia native. A cinephile at heart, she writes female-driven stories with complex (oftentimes damaged) main characters, centered around self-discovery, self-love, and belonging. She has written numerous short-form projects, including original shorts, pilots, and features. She wrote and directed the dramatic short film “Cycles,” which received festival recognition in both acting and best romantic short. She also created her award-winning flagship web series "The New Adult,” which is currently streaming on Kweli TV. Kat is a Stowe Story Lab SAGIndie Fellow and a participant in the BlackMagic Collective Emerging Filmmakers Initiative. In 2021, she founded the Black Film Challenge, a project that showcases filmmakers of African descent and the movies they create. She earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in Cinematography and has literary representation with Culture Creative Entertainment. more...

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