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Sundance Institute Awards $550,000 in Grants to 29 Documentaries

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 11, 2013 at 3:31PM

Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and Fund has selected 29 documentary features to receive $550,000 in grants. Sundance's jury of doc pros and human rights experts made the selection from 772 submissions from 88 countries. The filmmakers boasts a wide range of experience, from rookies to veterans. They come from Chile, Libya, Cuba, Cambodia and Pakistan.
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Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program and Fund has selected 29 documentary features to receive $550,000 in grants. 

Sundance's jury of doc pros and human rights experts made the selection from 772 submissions from 88 countries. The filmmakers boasts a wide range of experience, from rookies to veterans. They come from Chile, Libya, Cuba, Cambodia and Pakistan. According to Sundance, the jury looked at the films' "approach to storytelling, artistic treatment and innovation, subject relevance and potential for social engagement."

Since its inception the DFP has awarded more than $14.3 million in grants to more than 600 documentary films in 61 countries, including these new projects. Proposals are accepted twice a year; more information is here. Full list of winners below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.