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In partnership with the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, the Science Sandbox Nonfiction Project supports independent science documentary filmmakers with tailored financial and creative assistance. The partnership identifies and supports nonfiction projects that communicate science to general audiences through innovative storytelling. Emphasis is placed on film and media projects that incorporate creative narrative techniques and highlight diversity in science, especially those that feature characters, topics or disciplines that broaden or redefine what it means to be a scientist or to do science.
Science Sandbox Nonfiction Fellows are chosen from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program’s rolling call for project submissions. Grants are awarded across four stages:
- Development ($15,000–$25,000)
- Production ($35,000–$50,000)
- Postproduction ($30,000–$50,000)
- Impact/engagement ($20,000–$25,000).
In addition, non-project-specific grants of $20,000–$25,000 can be awarded to individual artists.
- Year‐round support from Sundance Institute
- Access to key collaborators and mentors from the institute’s community of alumni and other accomplished professionals
- Consideration for participation in Sundance artist residency labs, fellowships and networking opportunities
- Participation in two Science Sandbox/Sundance Institute–curated networking and engagement events
- Feedback on works in progress and introductions to industry funders
- The Science Sandbox Nonfiction Project is administered through the Sundance Documentary Fund.
- To apply, visit Sundance’s general Documentary Fund submission portal and follow instructions for creating a new submission.
- Indicate “Science Sandbox Nonfiction Project” in your application for special consideration, but please note that your submission will be considered for all relevant Sundance Documentary Fund opportunities.