The Shadow World, Johan Grimonprez’s latest documentary project, received a development grant from the Sundance Institute. According to Sundance, the grant is just the beginning for the lucky filmmakers who will receive year-round creative support from the prestigious organisation.
Filmmaker and creative artist Grimonprez impressed internationally with his award-winning Double Take which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009. His new docu feature, The Shadow World, explores the global arms industry: a business in which profits are calculated in the tens of millions of dollars, while losses are counted in human lives. The film is based on the book of the same name by Andrew Feinstein, former ANC Member of Parliament from South Africa, where he served under Nelson Mandela.
‘For many of these filmmakers, receiving a grant will be just the beginning of our relationship with them,’ said Cara Mertes, director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. ‘These filmmakers are also eligible for year-round creative support through our programs, including Creative Labs, Work-in-Progress screenings, and events and activities at the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and Sundance Film Festival. We welcome these filmmakers to our community and look forward to working with them to further support and develop their unique visions.’
Awarding grants is a core activity of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, which provides year-round creative support to non-fiction filmmakers globally. The DFP celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012 and since its inception has awarded grants to more than 300 documentary filmmakers in 61 countries.
The Shadow World is produced by Anadil Hossain and Driss Benyaklef of Dillywood and by Joslyn Barnes of Louverture Films, Flemish co-producer is Emmy Oost of Onomatopee Films. The film is set to be released in 2014. A retrospective exhibition of Johan Grimonprez’s work is currently running in the SMAK Museum of Contemporary Arts in Ghent (until 29 January 2012).