Sundance funds 16 projects

Org to offer financial, creative support

The Sundance Institute has picked 16 projects for its Documentary Fund. Vetted out of 325 applications, the projects will receive creative and financial support for development, production and post.

The international selections cover subjects such as democratic efforts in Burma in Nic Dunlop’s “Burma Soldier”; Amlan Datta’s study of Indian elections in “Image: Democracy”; and foster care in America via Heather Rae’s project “Family: The First Circle.”

“From China, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Iran and the United States, this program is considered our most international docket yet,” said Cara Mertes, director of the Documentary Film Program.

Sundance also announced two Engagement grants to provide seed money toward a project’s distribution efforts. Grant winners are Pamela Yates’ docu on repression in Peru, “State of Fear,” and Sundance Grand Prize winner “Trouble the Water,” Tia Lessin and Carl Deal’s portrait of Katrina survival.

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