California Arts Council

State of California

Grant Detail

Documentary Fund Program
Sundance Institute

The Documentary Film Program (DFP) has evolved its mandate to focus on the values of Art, Reach, and Change. We accomplish these by encouraging experimentation and excellence in form, championing under-represented voices, and supporting the social and creative impact of this work upon release. Recently supported films include CitizenFour, Hooligan Sparrow, Whose Streets?, Casting JonBenet, Cameraperson, and I Am Not Your Negro.

We encourage you to submit your film at the point when you feel your project is ready to share, rather than rushing to submit before you are ready because of a fixed deadline. Therefore, going forward, filmmakers will be restricted to two application attempts total per project. This restriction will not apply retroactively. Hint: Submit your film only when you have written or visual material that demonstrates your creative and storytelling intentions.

Filmmakers globally asked us to be more flexible and responsive in how we fund. So, we are operating on a Rolling Open Call. While this will not increase the number of films we can support, we aim to respond to applicants more flexibly throughout the year to award grants on a rolling basis.

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Deadline: 00-00-0000

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