Grantee Profile

Sundance Institute

Grants to Sundance Institute

  • $1,250,000

    2017 (Duration 2 years)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The Sundance Institute provides financial and creative support to filmmakers, and provides a high-profile platform for films, shorts and interactive media at its annual film festival. The Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund provides grants to short and feature-length documentary film projects through a highly competitive Open Call, and provides a subset of its grantees with consultation and mentorship through weeklong Creative Documentary Labs. The Institute is also a leader in the support of digital interactive nonfiction storytelling projects through its New Frontier Program; and in support of Native American filmmakers through its Native American and Indigenous program. MacArthur funds support the year-round operation of these programs and grants made through these programs for independent documentary film projects and new media storytelling projects.

  • $500,000

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program was established in 2002 by the Sundance Institute (the organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981 to support independent film). The Documentary Film Program provides financial and creative support to filmmakers producing documentaries that observe and analyze contemporary social issues. It does this through direct film funding via the Sundance Documentary Fund, by providing technical training to Sundance Documentary Fund recipients through its Creative Documentary Labs, and through New Frontier, a section of the Sundance Institute created in 2007 to support and showcase digital and participatory storytelling projects that go beyond the boundaries of traditional long form films. The Sundance Institute is one of the leaders in the support of innovative forms of documentaries. MacArthur funds will allow Sundance to explore new distribution and production technologies for documentaries through two initiatives to reach new audiences, in new ways: (1) a fund that places short documentaries on the websites of the New York Times and the Guardian; and (2) funds to create and disseminate two immersive journalism projects, produced using virtual reality technology, and disseminated to wide audiences through a leading news outlet.

  • $1,000,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program was established in 2002 by the Sundance Institute, (the organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981 to support independent film), to provide financial and creative support to filmmakers producing documentaries that observe and analyze contemporary social issues. It does this through direct film funding via the Sundance Documentary Fund; by providing professional development opportunities to Sundance Documentary Fund recipients through its Creative Documentary Labs; and through New Frontier, a section of the Sundance Institute created in 2007 to support and showcase digital and participatory storytelling projects that go beyond the boundaries of traditional long form films. As a core grantee in the MacArthur Foundation’s Media program, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program provides multifaceted support to a wide range of nonfiction documentary film and media projects.

  • $225,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The Sundance Institute is a world-renowned film and theater organization founded by Robert Redford. The Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute supports nonfiction filmmakers with direct funding and through labs and workshops that assist with specific aspects of documentary film projects such as storytelling, editing, and musical scoring. This grant supports the Documentary Film Program film fund, with special emphasis on identifying and supporting American filmmakers of color, and the professional development activities of the Program.

  • $450,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute provides direct funding to documentary film projects and year-round professional development opportunities for independent filmmakers. This grant supports the Film Fund, in particular, the Documentary Film Program’s ability to identify and fund documentary projects by U.S. filmmakers of color, as well as the Program’s documentary labs and operating expenses.

  • $400,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — In support of the Documentary Film Program (over two years).

  • $525,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — To support the Latin American film program (over three years).

  • $250,000

    1997 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — To support the Latin American film program (over two years).

  • $230,000

    1995 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — To support the Latin American film program (over two years).

  • $125,000

    1994 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — To support the Latin American film program.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Sundance Institute $4,955,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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