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2018 Stories Of Change Content Fund Request for Proposals

Sundance Institute is accepting proposals for the Stories of Change (SOC) Content Fund to support the development and production of independent storytelling projects produced in collaboration with Skoll-Awarded Social Entrepreneurs (SASEs). Sundance Institute will award SOC Content Fund grants in two categories: 1) Development Grants (up to USD $20,000), and 2) Production Grants (up to USD $50,000).
Sundance Institute and Stories of Change believe creative independent storytelling projects can elevate the world’s most pressing problems above the cacophony of the current media landscape, accelerate the work of leading social entrepreneurs, and advance social change. Authentic, well-told independent projects resonate with audiences more deeply than marketing and promotional media may allow.
This Request for Proposals (RFP) is open to:
  • Independent storytellers who have secured a commitment from a Skoll­-Awarded Social Entrepreneur (SASE) to collaborate on an independent storytelling project that the SASE will use to extend or deepen the impact of their work.  
  • SASEs who have partnered or will partner with independent storytellers on a project that harnesses the storytellers’ talent, artistry, and ability to tell transformative stories that extend or deepen the impact of the SASEs’ work.
The SOC content fund supports independent fiction and nonfiction filmmakers and artists working in the following forms:
  • Short Documentary Films or Documentary Series
  • Short Fiction/Scripted Films or Scripted Episodic Series
  • Feature-Length Documentary Films
  • Feature-Length Fiction Films
  • Emerging Storytelling or Immersive Platforms (virtual reality, augmented reality, digital interactive forms, etc)
The SOC Content Fund does not support organizational promotional videos, fundraising content, public service announcements (PSAs), or traditional advocacy projects.
To better understand our approach we encourage you to review previously and currently supported projects by clicking HERE.
SOC Development Grants will support the research and development phases for documentary/non­fiction projects; story development and scripting for fiction projects; and a range of research, scoping and scripting activities for developing storytelling projects on emerging platforms. SOC Development Grants are not intended to support the production of the final storytelling project. The SOC Development Grant cap is USD $20,000. Projects supported with an SOC Development Grant qualify to apply for Production Grants after completing the development phase of a successfully awarded SOC project.
SOC Production Grants will support the production phase of documentary/non­fiction, fiction, and emerging storytelling platform projects. Projects considered for SOC Production Grants must be fully developed and ready for the pre­production phase and/or filming (example: completed script, confirmed story and subjects/characters). The SOC Production Grant cap is USD $50,000.
SOC Lab: Stories of Change Content Fund grantees will qualify for the Stories of Change Lab in Sundance, Utah October 14-17, 2018. Preference will go to project teams (this includes both filmmaker and social entrepreneur team) who will be available to attend the lab.
The proposal deadline is June 15, 2018 at 6pm PST.
How To Apply
Applications should describe in detail the proposed storytelling project, impact goal(s), objectives and activities of the project, along with an accompanying budget for proposed activities supported by the Stories of Change Content Fund Development or Production Grant, and the larger, final storytelling project (if applicable).
Proposals will be reviewed by Sundance Institute and, if approved, forwarded to Skoll Foundation for comments and approval for funding.

Application Process: 
To apply, click sign in or signup in the top right and create an account. Then select the Stories of Change Content Fund Grant Application from the dropdown.


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