8 WMM Filmmakers Receive Documentary Grants from the Sundance Institute

The Sundance Institute has announced this year’s grantees for the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, and we are thrilled to share that more than 20% of the films selected are from WMM filmmakers and alum! This year, a total of 35 projects in various stages were selected to receive a collective $1,396,500 in unrestricted grant support.  

Paola Mottura, Documentary Film Fund Director shares, “With growing opposition to human rights and freedom of speech around the world, it is imperative now more than ever that we continue to provide resources to independent artists at all stages of their career, uplifting marginalized narratives and perspectives from development to impact. Our grantees are telling culturally significant stories that will help shift global narratives and effect real change, and it is a privilege to bring these independent stories into the fabric of the Sundance community.”   

WMM-sponsored projects include: 

  • FIRE THROUGH DRY GRASS (dir. Alexis Neophytides) 
  • RAZING LIBERTY SQUARE (dir. Director: Katja Esson) 
  • TIGRE GENTE (dir. Elizabeth Unger) 
  • SUGARCANE (dir. Julian Brave NoiseCat and Emily Kassie) 
  • UNTITLED KENYAN POLITICS PROJECT (dir. Christopher King and Maia Lekow) 

WMM filmmakers and Program alum Paula Eiselt (UNTITLED JEWISH ABORTION DOC), Brett Story (UNTITLED LABOR UNION DOCUMNTARY), and Meena Nanji (TESTAMENT) are also recipients for new projects. 

Congratulations to all! 

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