June 18

Palestinan-Canadian Filmmaker Sura Mallouh Named Recipient of Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and NBC Original Voices Fellowship

  • Palestinan-Canadian Filmmaker
    Sura Mallouh 
    Named Recipient of
    Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and
    NBC Original Voices Fellowship

Documentary director/producer Sura Mallouh has been named the recipient of both the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, and NBC Original Voices Fellowship. Mallouh is currently in production on her feature doc debut, produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras (Citizenfour).

Sura Mallouh is a Palestinan-Canadian documentary director/producer based in Toronto. Her work contextualizing underrepresented stories with an investigative framework has been viewed globally with films and pieces on CBC Docs, CBC Arts, Upworthy, and Rogers. She is a 2020 Gucci Tribeca Documentary fund grantee, and was selected to receive the CBC Creative Relief Fund out of over 9000 submissions.

Mallouh’s feature doc, currently in production and untitled, follows two friends who uncover a conflict that divides their already embattled community. The untitled doc was selected for these two competitive opportunities: NBC News Studios and NBCU Academy handpicked seven filmmakers who “demonstrate distinctive directorial vision and a commitment to equitable filmmaking”; and four of the five 2021 Oscar nominated documentaries were past recipients of the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.

“Having the support of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, NBCU Academy and NBC News Studios is incredibly humbling and speaks to the importance of these stories,” said Sura Mallouh. “I am honored to be part of such a talented cohort from both institutions.”

The NBC Original Voices Fellowship is an invitation-only artist development opportunity that supports filmmakers with new feature-length nonfiction films in all stages of production. The selected fellows receive a non-recoupable $45,000 grant and a one-year fellowship designed to help each filmmaking team with the completion of their films. Fellows also have access to archival research, production resources as well as NBC News Studios executives and journalists.

The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund supports the work of nonfiction filmmakers from around the globe. In a changing media landscape, the fund has been a stable, progressive force in supporting work that has expressed the world in creative, complex, beautiful, and provocative ways, and has created real cultural and social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time.


Sura Mallouh
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