The DFA was established in 2007 to promote and protect the interests of doc filmmakers in South Africa. To contact the DFA, please use the contact form: here . The DFA website is at: Membership applications can be made through the website here.

03 January 2008


Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program provides year-round support to nonfiction contemporary-issue filmmakers internationally. The program encourages the exploration of innovative non-fiction storytelling, and promotes the exhibition of documentary films to a broader audience. It supports independent artists both domestically and internationally through the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Documentary Composers Laboratory and Edit and Story Laboratory, panels at the Filmmakers Lodge at the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Independent Producers Conference , and a variety of collaborative international documentary initiatives.

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund
The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is a key program of the Documentary Film Program, 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 Documentary Fund was established at Sundance Institute in 2002 with a gift from the Open Society Institute and is supported by a leadership grant from the Ford Foundation. Documentary Fund grants are announced 2-3 times a year and between 2002-2006, the Fund has disbursed almost $5.2 million to over 175 projects in 52 countries. In supporting such work, the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund encourages the diverse exchange of ideas crucial to developing an open society, raising public consciousness about human rights abuses and restrictions of civil liberties, and fostering an ongoing dialogue about these issues.

SDF Grant Categories
The Documentary Fund now considers projects in four categories—Development, Production and Post-Production, Engagement*and Impact.*

Development grants provide seed funds to filmmakers whose projects are in the early research stage or in pre-production. Grant award is up to $20,000. No reel required with application.

Production and Post-Production grants provide funds to filmmakers in various stages of the production and post-production stages. Applications should include at least 20 continuously edited material. Longer cuts and fine cuts can be submitted if available. If you are early in production and have a trailer or selected scenes that are shorter in length than 20 minutes, please contact DFP staff to determine whether your material is sufficient to submit a formal application.

*Engagement grants are awarded to innovative distribution and audience engagement strategies. Available to previous grantees only.

*Impact grants support on-going work on the issues by the filmmakers. By invitation only.

Application Review Process and Timeline
Applications are considered on a rolling submission basis from U.S. and international filmmakers. Projects of contemporary social relevance are encouraged that explore critical issues of our time. Proposals are evaluated on artful storytelling, stylistic innovation, subject relevance and potential for social engagement. Proposals are considered in two categories: Development grants for projects that have not begun filming. Production and Post-Production grants, which minimally require 20 minutes of continuously edited material with application. Engagement, Impact and Discretionary grants are available to previously funded projects or by invitation.

To apply for a grant, please click here

If you need further assistance, please read through the Frequently Asked Questions or email

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