Sundance & Cinereach Select Eleven for $1.5 Million Grants
Eleven projects have been named recipients of the $1.5 million “Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute,” a three-year initiative designed to “support documentary and narrative feature film projects with themes that evoke global cultural exchange and social impact.” The 11 will receive help in what Sundance Institute calls “a critical moment in their development.”
In addition to grant awards, The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute includes core artist support activity at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Documentary Edit & Story Lab, Composers & Documentary Lab, the Creative Producing Feature and Documentary Labs, and the Sundance Film Festival. A total of $131,000 was awarded to filmmakers in this round of Spring grants.
“It is always incredibly exciting and intrinsically rewarding when we are able to provide financial support to our artists,” commented Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute in a statement. “Our collaboration with Cinereach allows both of our organizations the opportunity to respond to a critical need in independent filmmaking and to have a meaningful impact when it is most needed,” Putnam added.
“Adaptability, flexibility, and collaboration are key components of new independent filmmaking models; not only for directors and producers, but also for funders and financiers,” added Philipp Engelhorn, Founder and Executive Director of Cinereach. “Cinereach continues to take pride in its Sundance Institute partnership – an opportunity to reinforce these key values through rapid, well-targeted and focused support.”