Announcing: TED Prize and Sundance Institute launch Filmmaker Award

United by a commitment to storytelling and the power of big ideas, TED Prize and Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Project (DFP) are launching an annual TED Prize Filmmaker Award to raise awareness about the TED Prize winner’s wish and work.

Appointed jointly by TED and Sundance Institute, the selected filmmaker will follow the TED Prize winner during the course of their project’s first 18 months. The chosen filmmaker will receive $125,000 to craft a short documentary reflecting the prizewinner’s challenges and triumphs as their project unfolds.

Cara Mertes, Director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund said, “We see this collaboration as a tremendous opportunity for independent documentarians worldwide to offer a creative and original vision for telling the story of the TED Prize winner. We look forward to the proposals.”

As a part of this year’s historic TED Prize, educational researcher Sugata Mitra will be both the premiere prizewinner to be filmed by the TED Prize Filmmaker Award winner, and the first-ever TED Prize grantee to receive $1,000,000 seed funding for their initiative.

“The TED Prize is awarded to remarkable individuals who have achieved great success, and will use the prize to build on their bodies of work,” said Lara Stein, Director of the TED Prize. “The Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award not only provides a vehicle for documenting these important efforts, but will engage a wider global audience to participate in the recipient’s wish.”

The TED Prize Filmmaker Award RFP and online application is open from March 1-April 15, 2013. The TED Prize Filmmaker Award winner will travel to TEDGlobal for the Award announcement.

To learn more about the Sundance Institute’s Request for Proposals and application process, click here.