Sundance Institute Awards Grants to 18 Documentary Film Projects

The Sundance Institute has announced the latest round of grantees for its Documentary Fund. Eighteen projects at different stages of development have received a total of $590,000, financed by a variety of institutional and individual donors. The grants come with no restrictions on usage. Past films supported by the fund include Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Time, and Collective.

Supported projects include The Tongue of Water, about an Indigenous woman in Cambodia trying to rebuild her life after her home is destroyed by the construction of a dam; The Therapy, about gay conversion therapy in Israel; and Black Mothers, following two Black women fighting police racism in the US.

Sundance Institute is also accepting applications for the next cycle of funding through July 26.

The recently announced grantees are:

Projects in development:

The Gardeners (US)
Director: Crystal Kayiza
Producer: Crystal Kayiza

Gross National Happiness (Bhutan, Hungary)
Director: Arun Bhattarai, Dorottya Zurbó
Producer: Noémi Veronika Szakonyi, Arun Bhattarai

The Ship and the Sea (Mozambique, Brazil, Portugal)
Director: Lara Sousa, Everlane Moraes
Producer: Matheus Mello, Emerson d’Almeida, Joelma Oliveira Gonzaga, Elsa Sertorio

The Tongue of Water (France, Cambodia)
Director: Polen Ly
Producers: Rithy Panh, Lucas Sénécaut, Thibaut Amri

Under the Dance Floor (Hungary)
Director: Sára Timár
Producer: Krisztina Meggyes

In production:

Against the Tide (India)
Directors: Sarvnik Kaur
Producers: Sarvnik Kaur, Koval Bhatia

Do You Love Me (working title) (Lebanon, Germany)
Director: Lana Daher  
Producer: Lana Daher, Jasper Mielke 

Igualada (Colombia)
Director: Juan Mejia
Producer: Juan Yepes

Inverse Surveillance Project (US)
Director: Assia Boundaoui
Producer: Nouha Boundaoui

Rising Up at Night (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belgium)
Director: Nelson Makengo
Producer: Rosa Spaliviero, Dada Kahindo Siku

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (Estonia, France, Iceland)
Director: Anna Hints
Producer: Marianne Ostrat, Juliette Cazanave, Pierre Jestaz, Hlín Jóhannesdóttir

The Therapy (Israel)
Director: Zvi Landsman
Producer: Ori Szternfeld, Zvi Landsman

Untitled (US, Canada)
Director: Sura Mallouh
Producer: Sura Mallouh, Laura Poitras, Yoni Golijov

In post-production:

Black Mothers (US)
Director: Débora Souza Silva
Producers: Débora Souza Silva, David Felix Sutcliffe

Hazing (US)
Director: Byron Hurt
Producer: Natalie Bullock Brown

Liquor Store Dreams (US)
Director: So Yun Um
Producer: So Yun Um, Eddie Kim

Silent Beauty (US, Mexico)
Director: Jasmin Mara López
Producer: Jasmin Mara López

Untitled Muscogee Nation Documentary (Muscogee Nation, US)
Director: Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Joe Peeler
Producer: Conrad Beilharz, Garrett Baker, Tyler Graim

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