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2019 Launch Grant Fund

Grants to Filmmakers from Underrepresented
Communities to Develop First Films

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sundance Institute

Deadline Date:

07/15/19 5:00PM PT


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Grants of up to $10,000 to new filmmakers from underrepresented communities to develop their first feature-length film. Funding is intended to assist emerging filmmakers to take nonfiction and fictional feature films from the development stage through pre-production and beyond.

Sundance Institute considers scripts at various stages of development, but you must have a full, completed draft of the project in order to be considered.

Competitive applicants will have completed and exhibited compelling short films and/or episodics and now have a feature-film project (fiction or nonfiction) in advanced development that is ready to enter pre-production. All projects selected must be either written or directed by an artist from an underrepresented community—e.g., artists who identify as women or LGBTQ+, people of color, or people with disabilities. These artists will reflect the Institute’s commitment to develop and nurture the next generation of creative voices, and their selection will be based upon the quality of their project and the proposed use of the grant funding as outlined in the application.

The Foundation hopes that by providing first funding and creative development support from its staff, it can circumvent the barriers that so many emerging filmmakers from marginalized communities face when seeking to launch their first feature. In offering a first vote of confidence and a catalytic first infusion of funding, the Foundation hopes to facilitate opportunities for more first-time feature filmmakers to enter the industry, and to build a more representative storytelling ecosystem.

The Foundation supports independent fiction and nonfiction feature films that showcase bold creative visions, artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and a potential to reach and connect with their intended audience.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186156

Number of Grants:

Three to five artists per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000 in funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Independent filmmakers from anywhere in the world are welcome to submit project proposals. Films may be in any language with English subtitles or transcript. First-time filmmakers are eligible. Prior funding, fiscal sponsorship, and American producers are not requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must complete the online application by 5:00 p.m. PT on July 15, 2019.

All Launch Grant Fund notifications will be made via email. You will hear from the Foundation either way, whether accepted or not, by September 1, 2019.

Applicants may submit up to two projects, but the Foundation encourages you to choose one project that is your priority in terms of moving forward. Please note that for each script, you must complete a separate application.

Although the Foundation often support projects that will eventually be produced in a language other than English, your project must be translated into English in order to be considered.


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