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The Marshall Project and Sundance Institute Launch Short Film Initiative

Filmmakers, including those impacted by the criminal justice system, invited to apply.

The Marshall Project and the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Short Film Fund are partnering to produce a series of short films about criminal justice issues in the United States. Filmmaking teams that include at least one individual who has been impacted by the justice system in a key creative position (director, producer, director of photography or editor) are being invited to apply for grants of up to $25,000. As many as five nonfiction short films will ultimately be funded; they will be published at The Marshall Project and with a streaming or broadcast partner.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Sundance Institute to commission and cultivate short documentaries on the criminal justice system,” said Emily Kassie, Director of Visual Projects at The Marshall Project who is helping to lead the program. “We’re looking to elevate new and nuanced narratives around criminal justice issues, and lift the voices of artists who have been touched by the system.”

More information about the project is available here.

Life Inside

Essays by people in prison and others who have experience with the criminal justice system