Since the launch of Stories of Change in 2008, the initiative has provided major funding and development support for 13 documentary film projects produced by award-winning filmmakers from around the world. These films tell the stories of social entrepreneurs and other global change-makers confronting the world's most pressing problems using innovative a scalable solutions.
In 2015 Sundance Institute and Skoll Foundation established the Stories of Change Content Fund to support a new generation of narrative film and interactive, transmedia, and non-fiction projects. Support for upcoming projects will be by invitation only.
The current slate of Stories of Change films are in various stages of development, production and distribution.
Stories Of Change Films
Convenings & Events
"Coming from the world of filmmaking, I learned a whole new vocabulary this week." —Kirsten Johnson, SWF11
"The Now show (on PBS) did a half-hour documentary about The Team in Kenya which came out of the fact that we sat next to the executive producer, John Sokolov at the dinner at Sundance dinner at the Skoll World Forum. It was a Sandy Hertz/Cara Mertes special, ‘the introduction.’ That’s one reason we come here is to make those kinds of connections. It was quite useful. What it’s done is put our work out to probably a million people." —John Marks at SWF 2010
Since 2008, Sundance organized convenings and workshops 2-3 times a year at the Sundance Film Festival, the Skoll World Forum, and the Sundance Creative Producing Summit. Each event brought together different high-level resources and individuals from the worlds of documentary filmmaking and social entrepreneurship.
By immersing social entrepreneurs in film events and bringing filmmakers to social entrepreneurs new knowledge networks were created and lasting connections formed.
Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, the Foundation’s mission is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. The Skoll Foundation defines Social Entrepreneurs as society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, they empower them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society. Over the past 10 years, Skoll Foundation has awarded more than $250 million, including investments in 85 remarkable social entrepreneurs and 70 organizations on five continents around the world who are creating a brighter future for underserved communities. Skoll Foundation also operates the annual Skoll World Forum, the premier conference on social entrepreneurship that unites social entrepreneurs with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change.
Click here to learn more about the innovative organizations run by Skoll supported social entrepreneurs.