2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund Winners

SFFS just announced the three winners of the 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund - totaling $100,000 in awards to support feature-length documentaries in postproduction! The SFFS Documentary Film Fund was created to support singular nonfiction film work that is distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. Anne Bogart and Holly Morris' The Babushkas of Chernobyl, Jamie Meltzer's Freedom Fighters and Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber's Tomorrow We Disappear were each awarded significant funding that will help push them towards completion.  View the winner's projects below and keep an eye on them for their future releases!

2013 DOCUMENTARY FILM FUND WINNERS

PHOTO: YULI WEEKS

PHOTO: YULI WEEKS

The Babushkas of Chernobyl, $40,000
Anne Bogart and Holly Morris, co-director/producers

As Fukushima smolders, and the world grapples with a dangerous energy era, an unlikely human story emerges from Chernobyl to inform the debate. The Babushkas of Chernobyl is the story of an extraordinary group of women who live in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “Dead Zone.” For more than 25 years they have survived—and even, oddly, thrived—on some of the most contaminated land on earth.

PHOTO: SARAH LIM

PHOTO: SARAH LIM



Freedom Fighters, $20,000
Jamie Meltzer, director

There's a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by a group of exonerated men who have all spent decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. They call themselves the Freedom Fighters, and they’ve recently started working their first cases.

PHOTO: JOSHUA COGAN

PHOTO: JOSHUA COGAN

Tomorrow We Disappear, $40,000
Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber, co-director/producers

When their homes are illegally sold to real estate developers, the magicians, acrobats and puppeteers of Delhi's Kathputli colony must unite—or splinter apart forever.

 


The SFFS Documentary Film Fund has an excellent track record for championing compelling films that have gone on to earn great acclaim. Previous DFF winners include Shaul Schwarz’s Narco Cultura, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival; Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s American Promise, which also premiered at Sundance and won the festival’s Special Jury Prize in the documentary category; and Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer, which won Sundance’s Directing Award for documentary, has played at film festivals worldwide and will be distributed theatrically by Radius-TWC.