Sundance Documentary Awards
Sundance Documentary Awards were newly implemented for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, as DFP celebrated its 10th anniversary. Through partnerships with Candescent Films, Time Warner Foundation, WorldView, and Hilton Worldwide, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund offers additional direct granting award opportunities to further extend its artist support. Sundance Documentary Award winners are selected through a nomination and review process; there is no separate application.
Hilton Hotels Worldwide grants LightStay Sustainability Awards to feature documentary films and documentary shorts with themes of environmental sustainability. $25,000 grants are given to one completed and one in progress film, and $15,000 grants are given to honorable mentions. Winners are selected from a pool of DFP-nominated films, and will be chosen by Hilton Hotels Worldwide for their excellence in promoting the global discussion of sustainability and challenges of living in a resource constrained world. 2012 award recipients include The Island President, Rafea: Solar Mamas, and Easy Like Water (In Production), as well as the documentary short film From the Mara Soil. 2013 Award recipients include The Revolutionary Optimists, Hungry (In Production), and Studio H (Honorable Mention), as well as the documentary short film Jungle Fish.
Candescent Films awards a cash grant to one or more independent documentary films nominated by the DFP. Founded in 2010 by Lilly Hartley, Candescent partners with pioneering filmmakers to produce and finance socially conscious films. Through compelling character-driven documentaries, Candescent aims to educate the public and ignite conversation. Candescent champions the passion projects of acclaimed actors committed to raising awareness for global issues. Prior Award winners include Escape Fire, Gideon’s Army and After Tiller.
Time Warner Fellowship awards a $12,000 grant to a feature documentary from an emerging minority filmmaker. Time Warner Fellows then are eligible to receive year-round artist support through Sundance DFP grantee programs. The 2012 Time Warner Fellow is Almudena Carracedo. The 2013 Time Warner Fellows are Johnny Symons and S. Leo Chiang.
Sundance Institute and WorldView jointly present awards to four films that focus on social justice issues in the developing world. Each award is accompanied by a £5,000 or £10,000 grant, and the Documentary Development Award is enhanced with professional access to film mentorship from Jerry Rothwell, whose documentaries have been supported by WorldView and Sundance Institute. Award recipients include Street Girls, Farming, My Brother the Devil and Valley of Saints.