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The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund recently announced its first round of grants for 2006 with 14 feature-length documentary films receiving a total of $605,000. Dedicated to supporting U.S. and international documentary films that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and exploring critical issues of our time, the Fund was established at Sundance Institute in 2002 with a gift from the Open Society Institute and is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation. The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grants are announced twice a year and since its inception at the Institute, the Fund has disbursed almost $4 million to 113 projects.

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Ferne Strain on October 29th, 2006 at 10:14 pm 

i was wondering if it is possible to finding anyone interested in doing a documentary about my dad who is a part of treaty 8 who has been an alcoholic all his life and recently been put in a old person’s home. I have decided to take him on a trip to his homestead in northern alberta with my nine adopted children—-i thought that by recording our journey it could help others realize how native people need the outdoors when older and how white dominant homes do not work for our elders—any ideas who would be interested thanks Ferne

brenda asterino on April 13th, 2008 at 9:31 am 

helping a friend find grant money to lengthen/enlarge a wonderful documentary on relationships after a stroke

what do you need to know if she might apply?

Seth Neblett on April 24th, 2008 at 6:32 pm 

I am the son of a funk singer, She was a member of Parliament-Funkadelic and I am in the process of writing her and the other 5 women that were in this hugely popular group of the 70’s, the biggest black group of it’s time. I want to do a documentary, because the story is so powerful visually and their stories are laced with so many music legends- Sly Stone, George Clinton, Rick James, George Michael, Bette Midler, Talking Heads…it’s just a hugely rich story. So now I need to get some funding and group of people to help me make this vision a reality. I’m based in L.A. So if anyone can help, please contact

Mildred Amador on May 6th, 2008 at 9:56 am 

Can you email me an application

kevin E Simuel on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:26 pm 

I am passionate about doing a documentary concerning ordinary Americans.Unlike the regular faces seen on the the air ways.Tackeling unversal questions.

kevin E Simuel on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:32 pm 

From week to week state to state ,lets see what the people really think!

kevin E Simuel on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:35 pm 

The price is small for the truth of a nation!

kevin E Simuel on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:37 pm 

Let us ask the people face to face about there vote.

kevin E Simuel on August 22nd, 2008 at 1:42 pm 

The time is right lets make it happen!

Tristan Faith on October 19th, 2008 at 9:07 pm 

Hi! I am currently working on my PhD dissortation through the Graduate Theological Foundation at Oxford. My thesis topic is reincarnation. Using deep hypnosis without a directive, I am able to facilitate individual’s complete recollection of past lives. I very much believe in God as an energetic consciousness and have written two books on spirituality. One of those books was on Early Christianity and as I enjoyed the movie Religulous,it was inaccurate and one-sided. I would love to create a documentary that deals with our energetic spiritual system and cellular memory. I went to art school as well as have a MA in counseling and completed course work in PhD. I believe a documentary of this nature would have commercial appeal as well as spiritual value. I would include in the production the people who worked on the documentary “Water”. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you. Tristan 505-983-4446

Garry McGee on February 28th, 2009 at 6:47 pm 

I am co-producing a non-profit documentary film on actress Jean Seberg and am looking for funding. The film will tell the TRUE story of her life & death, the news media’s treatment, as well as the US government’s involvement. Many things about her on the Internet is untrue. The film will include an interview with her sister who has not spoken publicly until now. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

April Collier on April 23rd, 2009 at 4:22 pm 

Please send me an application.

judy on May 9th, 2009 at 12:48 am 

am ascript writer and am currently interested in meeting someone i can work along with here in KENYA.Please if interested contact me through,

Rose McDaid on June 10th, 2009 at 4:40 pm 

I would like an application for a grant, please send me one. This would be for documentary about a brother and sister, TWIN SOULS, and an entire family “going home” when the brother becomes an advocate for taking a stand and suing the Catholic Church- Re Sexual and Spiritual child abuse. The brother meets with the Pope, but the story is only begining—abuse of power, how catholic families give up their power,
and hidden codes of ancient world spirituality for
the power elite but untold to the rest of the world…..

Kamoga Hassan on June 20th, 2009 at 10:54 pm 

Hi every one out there. I am Kamoga Hassan from Uganda. I finalizing my documentary script. I will be working on a documentary about children’s welfare/child Slavery in recent Africa. And i need funding for this documentary. Any one who is interested to take part in this can email me OR

Hubert Fernandez and Anabis Trejo on July 15th, 2009 at 11:01 pm 

Dear Sir/Madam:

We are seeking a grant for an independent documentary named, “70’s and 80’s, Where Did the Underground Go?”.

This independent documentary will focus on the impact of the underground music, fashion and mores of the Punk, New Wave, Techno and House only. This was considered a “minority” or a “subculture” well below the mainstream society during the 1970’s and 1980’s. To reflect this , interviews with fans, musicologists and bands will be interviewed (that had little to no play on mainstream radio). The subjects will be encouraged to speak candidly as to how this time in their lives left them with such an indelible impression; and what has happened to them since.

Please help us. We have attached an outline if further information is needed or if you would like information in another layout, please let us know. We would be more that grateful to produce it for you. Any suggestion, advice and/or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kind attention.


Humbert Fernandez
Cell: 570-236-1812
Home: 570-223-7416

Cuba Ikaneng on August 27th, 2009 at 10:10 am 

VUDUBOX MEDIA is a South African company producing a documentary film about the behaviour of Tourists that come to South Africa. Based on the norms and taboos of South African communities, we hear the views of traditional leaders of famous tribes such as the Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho tribes about their expectations when visitors step into their communities. This project is geared towards the 2010 Soccer World Cup. We need sponsorship to the tune of $10 000 to produce the film. I need referals and funding for this film.

Makhubalo Cuba Ikaneng
+27 72 535 6026

Sonja Butler on November 20th, 2009 at 3:00 pm 

Dear Sir/Ma’am:

I would like to do a documentary on “The Day and Life of an abused woman who survives. Based on social beliefs and laws that have been put in place.This project is focusing on how to better the life of a women who has been thru such agony, and it doesnt stop only when she leaves him. It is a constant battle completely break free from the abuser.Please help us show the world that we have to change laws and people who enforce the laws. I need funding for this project and if anyone would like to help, please contact me @

SANDRA on March 10th, 2010 at 11:27 pm 


aami on August 10th, 2010 at 9:26 am 

the tigers are almost finished,

When humans start to play with nature, the nature reverts back too, humans will never understand that, that they will not be able do anything without the involvement of nature. If he creates a machine, mother nature gives the raw material, so that means that the humans never gives the pulse in the machine, the pulse is given by only nature no one else.

Now tigers are almost finished in this world, and whole world knows that.

It is difficult to get complete and accurate numbers of existing tigers, due to many factors. The tiger’s are scattered and the nature of the tiger itself, are just a few of those difficulties. It is estimated; currently the total is between 3000 and 4000, tigers living in the WILD (this estimation does not include tigers in captivity). And India is the only country where most number of tigers exist, and for this reason we have a big responsibility to protect them.

My name is Aamir Aijaz ,i am from india working as a freelance journalist, and now i am trying to make a documentary on Tiger reserves here in india, we have 39 tiger reserves in 17 states of india, and i would like to cover all the 39 tiger reserves on motorcycle and have some questions to ask there local people and get the exact figure that how much tigers are exist in india itself. i already have 220cc motorcycle and camera but I need financial help for my project, and i am sure that this documentary will become a blockbuster. this journey will start from central of india and finished in north india and the run is apx. 17000 (km) almost ( 12000 miles) and the budget of this project is $10000, i hope you will be consider my effort and will help me.

aamir aijaz
ph: +919165755944

christine on January 15th, 2011 at 12:15 am 

kindly let me know if there are any contests this year

christine on January 15th, 2011 at 12:20 am 

kindly let me know if there are any grants this year

Gh. Mohamad Khan on January 24th, 2011 at 1:53 am 

I want to pitch my documentary “Squeaking Wheel” for fund raising. Kindly help me.

Beka on March 15th, 2011 at 6:26 am 

i have a documentary film project but no budget i am a direqtor and i want to shot my project please help me were i can get grants for documentary film.
best regards
Beka Mikadze

Beka on March 15th, 2011 at 6:32 am 

if anyone will interest in my project,e-mail me
its a very interesting projeqt about trash childrens. i have 8 years experienc about documentary film. but now i have no budget for my projeqts.

michael on May 8th, 2011 at 11:09 am 

im looking for grants on film production

J Voacks on August 3rd, 2011 at 5:26 am 

I an American in Australia, the North and South Pacific, going around to small to large islands implementing and doing surveys for Renewable energy projects on and off grid systems , with the price of oil ,the smaller isands can barely afford to run there grids come with me trek through these small islands ,very remote places and see how people still live without power and when they have that 2 to 4 extra hours of power from renewables at night how it changes there life this is an experience of a lifetime , looking for anyone who can help show the world what it is like to change the world through renewable energy at remote island areas.thanks

paddy karanja on November 10th, 2011 at 5:10 am 

hi there,am working on a script about a young school girl from a traditional african community who’s pursuit of education is threatened by the demands of tradition.she escapes home to avoid the cut.Am inviting funding to shoot this short me as above.

Sikhumbuzo Madonko on March 12th, 2013 at 2:17 am 

Okay, this is the documentary that the whole world has been waiting for. ZIMBABWEANS: JUST WHO ARE WE?
yes, I believe that this documentary will answer that question and correct any misconceptions about this country and its people. Zimbabwe is a multiracial country with a modest middle and upper class. This is a non-political doc, but merely aims to showcase Zimbabweans and their way of life in modest environments. You will be surprised how Zimbabweans roll, as there tends to be a misconception out there about our way of life. Now, please help me aqcuire the funds to produce this doc before the elections so that people can see what kind of country we really live in.

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