The Sundance Institute today announced the 39 international media and arts organizations that will receive a total of $ 405,500 from their Respond and Reimagine plan. The $ 1 million fund, launched in April, is redistributing funds to “serve the urgent needs of artists and organizations around the world that are leaders in the field directly to help historic artists, according to a press release to support marginalized communities disproportionately affected by the US pandemic. "The grants are non-repayable and have flexible intent. They can be used to support individual artists or to" empower the organizations themselves in their day-to-day work ".
Earlier this summer, Sundance distributed 60% of the fund to individual artists, including 103 Institute-curated artists who participated in the Sundance Institute Labs during the spring and summer.
From the press release:
To select these fellows, we obtained nominations from a network of peer arts organizations, funders, and alumni artists of the Sundance Institute – a broad cross-section of expertise in media, arts, racial justice, theater, the humanities, philanthropy, social sciences, and Human rights organizations.
The need to support the arts around the world will continue as these organizations deal with the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. We hope that the Sundance Institute Respond and Reimagine Plan will help support art and artists around the world.
The full list of fellows can be found below.
The Aadizookaan seeks guidance from indigenous aboriginal knowledge systems for cultural production and narrative experiences through traditional, contemporary and experimental media, music, film and design. ADZKN's creative work helps create stories and media solutions for the many dynamic levels of communities, organizations, companies and people.
Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc)
A-Doc was created by Asian American documentary filmmakers who have come together as a force of several generations to advocate their important presence in the field. They are committed to exchanging ideas and resources, supporting and caring for one another and advocating justice and diversity in the production and distribution of non-fiction books.
Ambulante is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 dedicated to supporting and promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural change across Mexico.
ANAKAA FILMS S.A.S. is a member of the film production organization of Wayuu People & # 39; s Communications Network "Putchimaajana". Their mission is to promote cinema production carried out by indigenous peoples in all their genres, which helps strengthen communities and cities through activities such as the indigenous cinema laboratory WAYUULAB, MUCIWA The Wayuu film and video showcase, the creation of cinema products. Production of co-productions, organization of training workshops and festivals for all viewers.
Asociación de Documentalistas de Puerto Rico
AdocPR's mission is to unite filmmakers in our country to fuel the growth of Puerto Rican cinema with an emphasis on documentaries. You are intended to become the engine for the development, training, dissemination and support of Puerto Rican documentary film production through the implementation of innovative strategies, research, new technologies and participation in the creation of public policy in favor of culture and film. The association offers its members educational opportunities and promotes the use of documentary films as an educational tool. For the past eight years, as part of our commitment to our society, they have brought documentaries to communities, schools and universities, sharing stories and projects that stimulate critical thinking and social conscience.
The Black TV & Film collective
The Black TV & Film Collective is an artist-run arts organization with a simple mission: to create career opportunities for black and brown artists to help them achieve their long-term goals in the entertainment industry. They provide vital production support that enables members to build a strong plant, complemented by workshops / labs that focus on crafting development and networking events that focus on relationship building.
Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center (founded in 2005 as the Association for Research, Production and Archiving of Audiovisual Documents) is a premier non-profit and non-governmental archival center dedicated to reviving the memory of Cambodia and promoting Cambodian culture for arts and multimedia. This memory and culture were almost destroyed by three decades of war and genocide. With the aim of reconstructing the memory of Cambodia under the heading of "saving and reviving the memories of yesterday and today", the Bophana Center collects and protects audiovisual archives in Cambodia, including films, photos and sound archives from around the world. gives the public access to this audiovisual heritage; and trains youth in filmmaking to promote freedom and artistic expression and archive the country. These efforts will help Cambodians gradually restore this priceless legacy and enable them to understand their past, build their present and invent their future.
Beirut DC stands for development and cinema. They strive to empower filmmakers and audiences from all over the Arab world. They believe in the power of film as a motor for social and political change, in access to independent cinema as a right of all communities, across classes and cultures, in the right of Arab artists to choose their own narratives. Beirut DC creates resources, events, virtual and physical spaces that bring filmmakers, communities and civil society closer together and pave the way for radical and transformative collaboration – an unprecedented tool for change.
BlackStar Projects sheds light on the work of black, brown and indigenous filmmakers from around the world. The organization produces a variety of artist-centered programs including the BlackStar Film Festival, an annual celebration of the visual and narrative traditions of the African diaspora and global color communities.
Brown Girls Doc Mafia
The mission of Brown Girls Doc Mafia is to advance the creative and professional success of women and non-binary colored people in the documentary industry and to challenge the often marginalizing norms of the documentary field. They combat inequality by building community and sharing resources, fostering creative brilliance, demanding access and visibility in creative and professional environments, enriching the community with the knowledge to support themselves financially, and by breaking through oppressive industry structures to care for their members to use.
Asian-American Media Center
The Center for Asian American Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that bring the richness and diversity of the Asian American experiences to the widest possible audience. They finance, produce, distribute and exhibit works in film, television and digital media. For 40 years, CAAM has exposed audiences to new voices and communities, and furthered our collective understanding of the American experience through programs specifically tailored to the Asian-American community and the public.
Corporación Chilena del Documental CCDoc
The mission of Corporación Chilena del Documental CCDoc is to give wings to the stories and visions of Chilean and Latin American creators so that they can fly beyond their limits and share with the world different ways of depicting realities that need to be discovered. and to connect with one another through amazement, empathy or reflection. They are working to build bridges that these creators can unite and network between them and industry from other parts of the world. They believe in equal access to information and opportunity, which is why they are working on decentralizing content through training programs, publications, screenings, networking and market meetings.
Corporación Cinememoria / EDOC Documentary Film Festival
Cinememoria's mission is to promote documentary filmmaking in Ecuador. Documentaries can better understand our history and our struggle for human rights and social change. The main project of Cinememoria is the International Documentary Film Festival "Encuentros del Otro Cine", which was launched in 2002.
COUSIN is a collective that supports indigenous artists expanding the form of film. You are building an indigenous-led film movement. You create work that is personal, proudly provocative, and driven by strong artistic voices. They celebrate this work and let it do, see and share. Founded in 2018 by Sky Hopinka, Adam Khalil, Alexandra Lazarowich and Adam Piron, COUSIN was founded to help indigenous artists expand traditional definitions and understand the moving image through experimentation with form and genre.
Detroit Narrative Agency
Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA) is a community organization that disrupts harmful narrative about Detroit. They do this by helping black, brown, and indigenous Detroiters explore and create films and media that promote collective healing, power, and liberation.
DocA – Documentary Africa
DocA – Documentary Africa is a pan-African initiative that aims to nurture a self-sustaining documentary film ecosystem on the continent. They focus on enabling African documentary filmmakers to create, present, and reclaim their own narratives through a uniquely African lens to aggregate diverse continental perspectives that can face persistent, dominant, and inaccurate narratives about the continent. Through development and production grants for documentary filmmakers and complementary initiatives in the following areas: story development and content creation, knowledge building and sharing, dissemination and audience building; You play an important role in supporting the African documentary film industry.
Docubox The East African Documentary Film Fund
Docubox offers talented, motivated and focused East African filmmakers with important and unique stories the opportunity to produce high impact independent films that uncover new realities about worlds, identities and people for audiences in East Africa and around the world.
Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
The mission of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities in front of and behind the camera, thereby changing the way the world sees disabilities. They enable filmmakers – with and without disabilities – to work together to tell unique stories that show disability in its many forms.
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival
Encounters promotes access to film and television media and thus human rights and democracy in South Africa. with particular concern for the needs and aspirations of previously disadvantaged communities, including providing development opportunities for community-based groups and promoting indigenous filmmaking and film literacy and training for aspiring and aspiring filmmakers.
Filmlab: Palestine was founded in 2014 and aims to promote and revitalize the cinema culture in Palestine, taking into account the vision of a professional, creative and innovative film industry. The philosophy of Filmlab is to create a new sustainable hub for creative local film production and to realize various high quality films in general and content for children with a program that contributes to the networking, training and education of film professionals and talents . The accumulation of efforts is gathered as part of the annual Palestine Cinema Days festival, which connects Palestine with the regional and international professional film industry, promotes Palestinian cinema culture, and builds an active local cinema audience.
First Peoples Fund
The First Peoples Fund, founded in 1995, has set itself the task of honoring and supporting the Collective Spirit® of the artists and cultural bearers of First Peoples. Collective Spirit® is that which shows self-confidence and a sense of responsibility in order to maintain the cultural fabric of a community. Collective Spirit® motivates them to stand up and change something, to pass on the knowledge of their ancestors and simply to extend a hand of generosity. The First Peoples Fund recognizes the power of art and culture to bring about positive change in local communities, starting with individual artists and their families. They strive to provide support and voice to creative indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities.
Frameline's mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a nonprofit media arts organization, Frameline's programs connect filmmakers and audiences in the Bay Area and around the world.
The HEVA Fund is an East African fund that invests in the transformative social and economic potential of the creative industries in the East African region. Since 2013, HEVA has generated and published insights into the creative sector, innovated, prototyped and deployed seven financial instruments in over 40 creative companies, and directly supported over 8,000 creative practitioners in the fields of fashion, digital content and television, live music, games and other valuable products. Chains. HEVA also provides corporate finance to the creative sector so that entrepreneurs can, among other things, increase their production capacity, introduce new product lines and expand their distribution networks.
Justice for my sister collective
Justice for My Sister Collective (JFMS) trains women of color, non-binary youth and foster youth to make films with a focus on gender and racial justice, to heal trauma and overcome financial barriers to entry into the television and film industries.
Latino Filmmakers Network
The mission of the Latino Filmmakers Network is to connect, inspire, educate and create opportunity for Latinos while promoting diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry by bridging the gap within the community to have a powerful Latinx voice unite and present.
The Leeway Foundation supports women and trans * artists and cultural producers who work in communities at the interface of art, culture and social change. Through scholarships and other programs, they promote artistic expression that amplifies the voices of the marginalized, fosters sustainable and healthy communities, and works in the service of movements for economic and social justice.
Māoriland Film Festival
Māoriland presents, supports and supports Māori and international indigenous filmmakers and creatives. Its flagship event is the annual Māoriland Film Festival, the largest international festival for indigenous films in the southern hemisphere. They exist for the social, economic and educational success of the community in Ōtaki through the connection to the wider world of indigenous creativity and innovation.
Mezcla Media Collective
Mezcla Media Collective offers resources to ensure that women and non-binary color filmmakers reach their full potential as storytellers and change makers. They are a hyperlocal organization that provides resources for knowledge transfer and career advancement. By creating an incubation center in Chicago, they are providing resources for female color filmmakers to improve their craft and provide access to a network, workshops, and local community without relying on established industrial centers. Mezcla is also committed to creating a level playing field to ensure members can participate in their city's busy media production scene.
The National Association of Latino Independent Producers
For over twenty years, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) has been the premier Latin American and diverse media organization targeting the country's most underrepresented and largest ethnic minority. NALIP's mission is to discover, nurture and inspire Latinx content creators and diverse voices across all media platforms. NALIP meets the needs of a variety of content creators including producers, performers, writers, directors, and industry professionals.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
Promoting emerging and diverse filmmakers and storytellers from around the world, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their work, and share with industry professionals for insights into Maintain sales, production and representation. To showcase, support, train, and build relationships with the next generation of filmmakers, the NFMLA has expanded rapidly beyond the NFMLA's monthly film festival, hosting a range of workshops, panels, competitions, and networking programs, including the InFocus initiative, the Addressing the shortage of diversity in the media by celebrating under-represented voices.
The Nicho 54 Institute was founded and managed by black professionals and is committed to promoting and improving Afro-Brazilians in the film industry through training and learning initiatives. Board of Trustees and Film Programming; and a lively interface to industry players.
Outfest creates visibility for various LGBTQIA + stories and empowers storytellers to build empathy to drive meaningful social change.
Reflection for art, education and development
Creating opportunities to create various artistic contemporary practices so that people can experience the creativity of individuals and groups.
Tebere Arts Foundation
"Tebere" is a word in the Runkanyore language, which means "keep telling your story". Tebere is committed to supporting the growth of the Ugandan and East African theater industry by commissioning new work from mid-sized and established theater makers and creating an incubator for students, emerging artists and young people to develop and create their own work Taking artistic risks provides a platform on which new work can be shared in a festival setting for a wider audience.
Third Horizon is an award-winning filmmaking collective dedicated to the development, production, exhibition and dissemination of films and other art forms that express stories about the Caribbean, its diaspora and other marginalized and underrepresented spaces in the global south. Its flagship initiative is the annual Third Horizon Film Festival in Miami, which celebrates the exciting new wave of cinema and creativity from the Caribbean and its diaspora.
Visual communication media
Visual Communications' mission is to develop and support the voices of filmmakers and media artists from Asia, America and the Pacific that empower communities and challenge perspectives. Visual Communications was founded in 1970 with an understanding that media and art are powerful forms of storytelling. It creates intercultural connections between people and generations.
Zoukak Theater Company and Cultural Association
The Zoukak Theater Company and Cultural Association was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to theater practice as a social and political commitment. Belief in the theater as a space for common reflection and in collectivity as a position against systems of marginalization. Zoukak aims to challenge the political and social status quo and challenge the various marginalization mechanisms that affect people and communities by producing artistic works, identifying talent, and supporting emerging artists and cultural organizations. In addition, theater skills should be taught as a creative artistic instrument mediation technique.