2021 Sundance Institute | Kendeda Short Film Fund
With the generous support of The Kendeda Fund and in partnership with TIME Studios, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program is launching a new funding opportunity aimed at elevating stories addressing gun violence in the United States. The fund will award up to seven non-recoupable grants of up to $50,000 USD to nonfiction short films at various stages of production.
Through our open call for submissions, we hope to engage filmmakers at the forefront of cinematic innovation in both content and form, presenting access-driven stories with journalistic integrity that demand an engagement with our political and cultural environment. We are especially looking for narratives that explore the intersection of gun violence with broader issues of racial justice, public health, policing, criminal justice, education, domestic violence, mental health, and corporate influence on guns. We encourage both emerging and experienced artists to apply.
About The Kendeda Fund
The Kendeda Fund is a private grantmaking foundation that invests in transformative leaders and ideas. Founded in Atlanta, Georgia nearly 25 years ago, the Kendeda Fund empowers communities across the U.S. and around the globe to develop solutions to increase equity, vibrancy, resourcefulness, and resilience. Kendeda helps underrepresented, but trusted, voices build and sustain social and community capital by supporting experienced and emerging leaders who have the vision to see problems differently and the courage to challenge conventional thinking. The Kendeda Fund works to shift perceptions and disrupt the status quo by supporting projects that challenge social, economic, and ecological assumptions. Learn more about Kendeda’s Gun Violence Prevention program here.
About Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program
The Documentary Film Program supports nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the program is a vibrant global resource for independent nonfiction storytelling. Recent projects include Always in Season; American Factory; Crip Camp, The Edge of Democracy; Hale County This Morning, This Evening; Minding the Gap; Of Fathers and Sons; and One Child Nation.
About TIME Studios
TIME Studios is the Emmy award-winning television and film division of TIME, the global media brand that reaches a combined audience of more than 100 million around the world. Built on the foundation of TIME’s award-winning visual journalism, which has earned over 55 major awards and nominations in the last seven years, as well as 577 million video streams across all platforms in 2019, Emmy-winning TIME Studios harnesses the access and authority of one of the world’s most trusted and respected brands to bring premium truth-based programming to television and film around the world, while continuing to push the boundaries of journalism and visual storytelling through new cutting-edge mediums including virtual reality and augmented reality.
The 2021 Sundance Institute | Kendeda Short Film Fund is currently accepting submissions.
February 8, 2021
Directors or producers with at least one completed short film that premiered at a film festival or online platform (example: Vimeo, New York Times Op-Docs, the New Yorker, YouTube, etc.)
Director must be attached
We encourage applications from creative teams where one or more members have been impacted by gun violence
What are we looking for?
The following are requirements for projects to be considered:
Stories that explore the systemic, social and structural forces leading to gun violence in the United States
Stories that move beyond tragedy reporting and other traditional frames to focus instead on points of agreement, creative solutions, and models of progress
Stories that can be effectively told in a short format (5–30 minutes)
Stories that clearly identify the issue and have a strong sense of purpose and direction
Projects may be at any stage of production, but secured access to subjects and location is required
Projects with high production value and sound quality
What happens after you apply?
Once the open call closes on February 8 2021, we will undertake a thorough review process that we expect will take 2-3 months. We will notify all applicants of their status by the end of April 2021. Please do not contact the office to request status updates. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot provide any feedback.