Grants & Awards

By: Date | Title

2014

Afghan Justice

Afghan Justice

– by Nicole N. Horanyi

Nonfiction

Kimberley Motley left her husband and three kids in the US in order to work as a defense lawyer in Kabul. She is the first and only foreign lawyer to litigate in Afghanistan’s courts... More »

Seventy

Seventy

– by So Yong Kim

Fiction

On the eve of her seventieth birthday, Jane has just lost her home, partner, and job culminating in a nervous breakdown. Now her three children offer to share their homes with her until she can get back on her feet... More »

What Tomorrow Brings

What Tomorrow Brings

– by Beth Murphy

Nonfiction

In the rural, conservative Afghan village of Deh Subz, the first girls’ school opens, challenging centuries-old social traditions against the backdrop of the U.S. withdrawal from the war on terror... More »

Mediterranea

Mediterranea

– by Jonas Carpignano

Fiction

Searching for a better life, Ayiva makes the perilous journey across the Sahara and Mediterranean. Once in Italy, the need to earn money for his family is challenged by the harsh conditions and intolerance faced in his newly claimed home... More »

Citizenfour

Citizenfour

– by Laura Poitras

Nonfiction

Ad Inexplorata

Ad Inexplorata

– by Mark Elijah Rosenberg

Fiction

Captain William Stanaforth is on a one-way solo mission to begin colonizing Mars. Like all pioneers, Stanaforth faces insurmountable odds along with life and death decisions as he rockets bravely through space... More »

Diamond, Silver & Gold

Diamond, Silver & Gold

– by Jason Kohn

Nonfiction

A look into the origins of life, synthetic diamonds and other nagging problems... More »

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

– by Marielle Heller

Fiction

A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend... More »

Evolution of a Criminal

Evolution of a Criminal

– by Darius Clark Monroe

Nonfiction

How does a 16 year-old evolve into a bank robber?.. More »

2013

Point and Shoot

Point and Shoot

– by Marshall Curry

Nonfiction

In 2007, Matt VanDyke set off on a 35,000 mile motorcycle adventure that eventually led him to Libya. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, he participated in and documented the war... More »

E-Team

E-Team

– by Katy Chevigny & Ross Kauffman

Nonfiction

A chronicle of the intense and courageous work of three investigators working to expose international human rights abuses... More »

Gabriel

Gabriel

– by Lou Howe

Fiction

A troubled young man searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit... More »

It Felt Like Love

It Felt Like Love

– by Eliza Hittman

Fiction

During an uneventful summer in Brooklyn, lonely Lila develops an unhealthy fixation on an older thug. Deluded and awkward in her romantic pursuit, she soon finds herself in a dangerously vulnerable situation... More »

Marmato

Marmato

– by Mark Grieco

Nonfiction

In a historic Colombian gold-mining town, the miners’ way of life is threatened as a multinational mining company plans a total takeover... More »

2012

The Silk Railroad

The Silk Railroad

– by Martin DiCicco

Nonfiction

The construction of a railroad linking Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia promises wealth and opportunity, but for those living along the route it opens old wounds and new divisions... More »

Cowboy

Cowboy

– by Malcolm Murray

Fiction

Mourning his great love, a Japanese janitor works a cattle ranch in the American Southwest. For him and for a family of struggling ranchers, the past is as inescapable as the future is uncertain... More »

Just a Band

Just a Band

– by Anjali Nayar & Wanuri Kahiu

Hybrid

Four young Kenyans form an afro-futuristic pop band that rides a wave of international acclaim. The unlikely superstars end up being ambassadors for their country. How do they deal with it? They go to Space... More »

Bluebird

Bluebird

– by Lance Edmands

Fiction

In the frozen woods of an isolated Maine logging town, one woman’s tragic mistake shatters the balance of the community, resulting in profound and unexpected consequences... More »

Narco Cultura

Narco Cultura

– by Shaul Schwarz

Nonfiction

An explosive look at drug cartels’ pop culture influence on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War... More »

Five Nights in Maine

Five Nights in Maine

– by Maris Curran

Fiction

Unexpected tragedy brings an African-American widower face-to-face with his estranged mother-in-law in rural Maine... More »

Cutie and the Boxer

Cutie and the Boxer

– by Zachary Heinzerling

Nonfiction

A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic forty year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara... More »

Dukhtar

Dukhtar

– by Afia Nathaniel

Fiction

In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her 10 year-old-daughter flee their home on the day of the child’s marriage to a tribal leader, triggering a deadly hunt for mother and child... More »

Bugarach

Bugarach

– by Ventura Durall, Sergi Cameron and Salvador Sunyer

Nonfiction

Five characters face the alleged end of the world in Bugarach, the only place in the world that is supposed to be saved from the apocalypse. D-day is approaching and fear, hope, faith, fame or greed are emerging. A fable in the shape of an existentialist comedy about the spiritual crisis of the West... More »

Our Nixon

Our Nixon

– by Penny Lane

Nonfiction

Newly uncovered Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon’s closest aides – and fellow Watergate conspirators – offer an intimate and surprising new glimpse into his presidency... More »

Vidal v. Buckley

Vidal v. Buckley

– by Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville

Nonfiction

The ten nationally televised 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley defined a new era of public discourse, demarcating the moment that TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle... More »

Before You Know It

Before You Know It

– by PJ Raval

Nonfiction

This film captures the experiences of several LGBTQ seniors as they navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of their “golden years.”.. More »

Elephant’s Dream

Elephant’s Dream

– by Kristof Bilsen

Nonfiction

This story of public sector workers in a rail station, post office and the only fire station in Kinshasa offers poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition, and lives lived beyond chaos... More »

About a Mountain

About a Mountain

– by Lily Henderson

Hybrid

Behind the façade of Las Vegas’ infamous Strip, a struggling writer searches for the meaning behind a boy’s suicide, encountering relative misfits and humbled saints, living under the shadows of a multi-billion dollar fantasy-land... More »

Love True

Love True

– by Alma Har'el

Hybrid

A look into the opposing realities of the “True Love” fantasy and an inquiry into whether our view of love changes as we grow older. Through sessions of Psychodrama and Improvisation three couples explore their hopes, memories and love lives... More »

Garnet’s Gold

Garnet’s Gold

– by Ed Perkins

Nonfiction

One extraordinary man’s quixotic and recklessly brave adventure in search of hidden treasure, in a belated rite of passage to reclaim his soul and rediscover the meaning of his life... More »

This is Congo

This is Congo

– by Daniel McCabe

Nonfiction

An in-depth look at the Democratic Republic of Congo’s resource wars, driven by the multiple perspectives of those directly involved and affected... More »

Sunlight Jr.

Sunlight Jr.

– by Laurie Collyer

Fiction

Down and out lovers, Melissa and Richie, get pregnant and become homeless at the same time in this social realist story in the vein of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickeled and Dimed... More »

War Story

War Story

– by Mark Jackson

Fiction

A war photographer returning from the conflict in Libya, where she was held captive and brutalized, retreats to a small town in Sicily... More »

God Loves Uganda

God Loves Uganda

– by Roger Ross Williams

Nonfiction

A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law... More »

2011

The Angola Project

The Angola Project

– by Jeremy Xido

Nonfiction

A post-colonial western-meets-road film about the fevered reconstruction of the Benguela Transcontinental Railway and the African and Chinese lives that are intertwined because of it... More »

The Mosuo Sisters

The Mosuo Sisters

– by Marlo Poras

Nonfiction

Two spirited daughters from China's last remaining matriarchal society are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they've ever known... More »

Informant

Informant

– by Jamie Meltzer

Nonfiction

An investigation into the turbulent life and journey of a prominent radical activist turned FBI informant... More »

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

– by Jessica Oreck

Nonfiction

Following fairy-tales and personal memories like a trail of breadcrumbs, this descent into Eastern Europe’s haunted woodlands uncovers the secrets and bloody histories that shape our understanding of man’s place in nature... More »

The Great Invisible

The Great Invisible

– by Margaret Brown

Nonfiction

A chilling corporate thriller and heartbreaking human drama about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill through the stories of people – from rig workers to Gulf Coast residents - still recovering from the aftermath long after the world moved on... More »

Strong Island

Strong Island

– by Yance Ford

Nonfiction

A documentary about the violent death of the filmmaker's brother nearly 20 years ago, and how the collision of silence, fear and the judiciary allowed his killer to go free... More »

Call Me Kuchu

Call Me Kuchu

– by Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Nonfiction

As state-sanctioned homophobia reaches new heights in Uganda, David Kato, the country’s first openly gay man, will stop at nothing to liberate the LGBT community... More »

Citizen Koch

Citizen Koch

– by Carl Deal & Tia Lessin

Nonfiction

A story about money, power and democracy in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court’s recent decision to treat corporations as citizens... More »

Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws

Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws

– by Emily James

Nonfiction

An observational documentary providing unprecedented access to the environmental direct action movement in the UK... More »

States

States

– by David Soll

Nonfiction

The world’s only freelance diplomats guide non-states in their struggle for recognition, through the pageantry of international affairs... More »

The Scribe of Uraba

The Scribe of Uraba

– by Jeff & Michael Zimbalist

Fiction

When her father is murdered in rural Colombia, Alcira Gil embarks on a quest for justice that is larger than her family, her village, or even her country... More »

Tchoupitoulas

Tchoupitoulas

– by Bill Ross & Turner Ross

Nonfiction

Three young brothers explore the New Orleans night... More »

Powerless

Powerless

– by Fahad Mustafa & Deepti Kakkar

Nonfiction

In Kanpur, India, hundreds of people risk their lives to climb up electricity poles to steal electricity. As police vehicles roll in to stop the theft, the lines are drawn for a battle over electricity... More »

City of the Lost Caesars

City of the Lost Caesars

– by Francisco Herve

Nonfiction

Five hundred years ago a group of conquerors disappeared in Patagonia. They built a City entirely in Gold. They are alive. Whoever sets foot on it becomes immortal, but loses memory. It is the City of the Lost Caesars and you have come here to find it... More »

The Patron Saints

The Patron Saints

– by Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky

Nonfiction

A disquieting and hyperrealistic glimpse into life at a nursing home... More »

Leviathan

Leviathan

– by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel

Hybrid

The collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine- a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors. Shot on a dozen cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker... More »

Code of the West

Code of the West

– by Rebecca Richman Cohen

Nonfiction

Reflecting the controversies enveloping the marijuana industry throughout the United States, Montana braces itself to become the first state to repeal a medical marijuana law... More »

In the Last Days of the City

In the Last Days of the City

– by Tamer El Said

Fiction

A filmmaker comes of age in a city on the brink of revolution... More »

Kuichisan

Kuichisan

– by Maiko Endo

Hybrid

In a forgotten, cross-cultured town in Okinawa, a 10 year-old boy drifts amidst his own beliefs... More »

Inside Out – The People’s Art Project

Inside Out – The People’s Art Project

– by Alastair Siddons

Nonfiction

A look at the journey charted by the artist JR as he leads a global participatory art project that empowers people to not just see art but to make it... More »

2010

BURN

BURN

– by Tom Putnam & Brenna Sanchez

Nonfiction

A front-line look at the city of Detroit, as seen through the eyes of its firefighters, who are some of the busiest in the world... More »

Kinyarwanda

Kinyarwanda

– by Alrick Brown

Fiction

During the Rwandan genocide, some crossed the lines of hatred to protect each other. These are their stories of faith, family, courage and forgiveness... More »

Burma Soldier

Burma Soldier

– by Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern

Nonfiction

Tells the powerful story of a Burmese soldier who swapped sides to join Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle for a democratic Burma... More »

Donor Unknown

Donor Unknown

– by Jerry Rothwell

Nonfiction

A twenty-first century tale of identity and genetic inheritance, and perhaps the family of the future... More »

Charge (Working Title)

Charge (Working Title)

– by Mike Plunkett

Nonfiction

The next frontier in natural resource exploration is the Salar de Uyuni, a remote salt flat in southern Bolivia that contains more than half of the global reserve of lithium... More »

Reportero

Reportero

– by Bernardo Ruiz

Nonfiction

There are ebbs and flows to the news cycle, but what is the deeper story of a place? That is the question tugging at a veteran reporter and photojournalist on the Mexican border... More »

The Boy Mir

The Boy Mir

– by Phil Grabsky

Nonfiction

The film tracks the irrepressible and lovable Mir as he journeys into early adulthood from a naïve 8-year-old to a fully grown adult in one of the toughest place on earth - Afghanistan... More »

The Shark’s Eye (El Ojo Del Tiburon)

The Shark’s Eye (El Ojo Del Tiburon)

– by Alejo Hoijman

Nonfiction

A coming of age film set in the forgotten Caribbean coast of Nicaragua where opportunities for young people are scarce and drug trafficking seems to be an easier way to make a living... More »

Moving (working title)

Moving (working title)

– by Hamid Rahmanian & Melissa Hibbard

Nonfiction

Explores something all humans do in some form: jump the fence to see if the grass really is greener on the other side... More »

OK, Enough, Goodbye

OK, Enough, Goodbye

– by Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia

Fiction

A 40-year-old man still living with his elderly mother has given up on the idea of becoming independent- until she suddenly leaves him... More »

Dragonslayer

Dragonslayer

– by Tristan Patterson

Nonfiction

The transmissions of a lost kid, falling in love, in the suburbs of Fullerton, California. Featuring skateboarding, the usual drugs, and stray glimpses of unusual beauty... More »

Return

Return

– by Liza Johnson

Fiction

Back from a tour of duty, Kelli slowly realizes that her everyday life doesn’t resemble the one she left. Can she regain her place in the kind of life she’s been fighting to protect?.. More »

On the Ice

On the Ice

– by Andrew MacLean

Fiction

On the snow-covered Arctic tundra, at the top of the world in Barrow, Alaska, two Inuit teenagers try to get away with murder... More »

Laura

Laura

– by Fellipe Barbosa

Nonfiction

A Brazilian immigrant living in New York City lives two contradictory lives. At night she crashes the most glamorous and exclusive parties, while each day she struggles to cheat poverty... More »

Aqui y Alla

Aqui y Alla

– by Antonio Mendez Esparza

Fiction

Pedro - husband, father, and musician - struggles to make a living in his village in Mexico. He hopes to avoid crossing the US border for the third time... More »

The World Before Her

The World Before Her

– by Nisha Pahuja

Nonfiction

A provocative portrait exploring the choices and contradictions facing young women in India today... More »

Planet of Snail

Planet of Snail

– by Seung-Jun Yi

Nonfiction

Young-Chan comes from the Planet of Snail. Dwellers of this tiny planet are deaf and blind, and call themselves 'snails' because they rely only on their tactile senses, and communicating by touch... More »

Untitled Sara Jane Moore Project

Untitled Sara Jane Moore Project

– by Robinson Devor

Fiction

A look into the mind of Sara Jane Moore, a 45-year-old former socialite turned radical who was publicly exposed as double agent for the FBI and the violent Left and who attempted to assassinate President Ford... More »

Teenage

Teenage

– by Matt Wolf

Nonfiction

An film about the invention of teenagers... More »

2009

Untitled Ramin Bahrani Western Project

Untitled Ramin Bahrani Western Project

– by Ramin Bahrani

Fiction

A new project in development from the writer and director Ramin Bahrani... More »

Delta Boys

Delta Boys

– by Andrew Berends

Nonfiction

Explores the untold stories of the Niger Delta and the Niger Delta militancy... More »

Girl Model

Girl Model

– by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin

Nonfiction

Follows a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S. within the modeling industry... More »

Phantom Cowboys

Phantom Cowboys

– by Daniel Carbone & Annie P. Waldman

Nonfiction

Joins three contemporary American rituals for a sociological inspection of the fading identity of small-town America and the evolving myth of the American Dream... More »

Habibi

Habibi

– by Susan Youssef

Fiction

A dramatic feature that tells the story of a forbidden love in Gaza, and is the modern re-telling of the Arabo-Islamic romance "Majnun Layla.".. More »

A Small Act

A Small Act

– by Jennifer Arnold

Nonfiction

A young Kenyan's life is changed dramatically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger... More »

Watchers of the Sky

Watchers of the Sky

– by Edet Belzberg

Nonfiction

Traversing time and continents to explore genocide and the world's response... More »

Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films

Engages large audiences with innovative, entertaining, socially-aware films by hosting screenings in unique locations pertinent to the films' subject matter... More »

The Forgiveness of Blood

The Forgiveness of Blood

– by Joshua Marston

Fiction

The lives of a teenage boy and his younger sister are thrown into turmoil after a killing in a dispute over land draws their northern Albanian family into a blood feud... More »

The World in a Room

The World in a Room

– by Tanaz Eshaghian

Nonfiction

What happens when teenagers raised in different cultures around the world are brought together in a single NYC classroom?.. More »

Circumstance

Circumstance

– by Maryam Keshavarz

Fiction

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession... More »

Savior

Savior

– by Darius Marder

Nonfiction

This is the story of the dramatic and extreme measures one man is taking in order to save himself and those he loves from the oncoming apocalypse in 2012... More »

Bully

Bully

– by Lee Hirsch

Nonfiction

"A year in the life" of America's bullying crisis that offers an intimate look at how bullying has touched the lives of five kids and their families... More »

Two Gates of Sleep

Two Gates of Sleep

– by Alistair Banks Griffin

Fiction

When Jack's mother turns up dead at the edge of a field near his rural home, he and his brother set out on an arduous journey to fulfill her last wish... More »

Pariah

Pariah

– by Dee Rees

Fiction

When forced to choose between the fragile cohesion of her middle-class family and loyalty to her best friend, a Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression... More »

Up Heartbreak Hill

Up Heartbreak Hill

– by Erica Scharf

Nonfiction

Chronicles the lives of three high school seniors living on the Navajo Nation, struggling to shape their identities as both Native Americans and modern Americans... More »

Look, Stranger

Look, Stranger

– by Arielle Javitch

Fiction

An elegant, spare and powerful telling of one young woman's journey through a wartorn landscape in an effort to get back home... More »

2008

Bronx Princess

Bronx Princess

– by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Nonfiction

Follows headstrong 17-year-old Rocky's journey as she leaves behind her mother in New York City to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana, West Africa... More »

Entre Nos

Entre Nos

– by Paola Mendoza & Gloria La Morte

Fiction

After Antonio abandons Mariana in New York, she must find a way to provide for her children emotionally and financially in a strange an unfamiliar world... More »

Pushing the Elephant

Pushing the Elephant

– by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel

Nonfiction

When war came to Rose’s village in the DRC, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Over a decade later, they are reunited in the U.S., where they must face the past and build a new future... More »

The Mohamed Amin Foundation: Advanced Film Training Scholarship

The Mohamed Amin Foundation: Advanced Film Training Scholarship

The Mohamed Amin Foundation provides scholarships to young East African students wishing to learn the skills and techniques that will enable them to relate the African stories through television and film... More »

Summer Pasture

Summer Pasture

– by Lynn True & Nelson Walker & Tsering Perlo

Nonfiction

In recent years, growing pressures from the outside world have posed unprecedented challenges for Tibetan nomads... More »

Togetherness Supreme

Togetherness Supreme

– by Nathan Collett

Fiction

A unique film project - a feature length fictional film made by, with, for the community of Kibera, east Africa’s largest slum... More »

When Two Worlds Collide

When Two Worlds Collide

– by Yachaywasi Films

Nonfiction

Providing a unique insight into modern day Amazonian life, this film reveals how Peruvian indigenous natives are being threatened to fuel the illusion of our only possible subsistence; oil... More »