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Sundance: How to Improve Your Chance of Acceptance into the Documentary Program

Producers submitted 1,809 feature documentaries for the Sundance program. Thirty-four films were selected, as I reported here. Six of the 34 selections (18%) had received prior Sundance support through labs or grants. That’s comparable to 19% in 2023, and 22% in 2022. Selected documentaries for 2024 in the ‘Prior Funding’ category are: Igualada / Colombia, […]

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Sundance 2023 and Beyond – Stark Realities, Golden Opportunities, by Peter Broderick

Peter Broderick’s latest Distribution Bulletin sparked lots of soul-searching about the state of the documentary sector. Peter is a highly regarded, veteran distribution strategist, senior consultant, and friend of this masthead. He writes that this year’s “Sundance revealed that the Golden Age of major sales and numerous acquisitions is over for documentary filmmakers.” He explains that

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Sundance 2023: $852 Million Spent on Docs That Were Not Selected

A Sundance Film Festival award lags only behind an Oscar nomination as a measure of success for documentarians. 2.4%! Are those the odds that a documentary will earn a slot on the Sundance program? $852 million! Is that really the total production spend on all those submissions that missed out? Read on for my 2023 update on

Best Documentaries of 2022: The Picks from the Players. The Oscar Noms & More

What were the critics’ picks for Best Documentaries for 2022? Caitlin Cooper surveyed Variety, Deadline, Sundance and more to provide links to their selections. Among them are prize-winning indies such as All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Bad Axe, and All that Breathes. Dominating the competition are Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream for HBO Max, and

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MIPCOM Case Studies. Three Revealing International Copro’s. Wednesday, October 19

Producers and decision-makers attending MIPCOM will be inspired to learn from three sets of documentary insiders how their very different projects stood above the competition and won the backing of their funding and distribution partners. We will track each production team’s step-by-step process from “big idea” to delivery! I’m producing and moderating the triple Case