National Geographic Teams With Sundance Institute to Launch Filmmaker Fellowship (Exclusive)

The first recipient will be announced later this year.

National Geographic Global Networks is teaming with the Sundance Institute to launch the Further Filmmaker Fellowship, which will provide a grant to a rising filmmaker who embodies the core values of the National Geographic brand.

“At National Geographic, we believe in empowering visionaries who take risks to tell compelling stories that break through and matter,” said NGGN CEO Courteney Monroe. “We are excited to partner with an emerging filmmaker to take us even further in our quest to explore the world and all that’s in it — whether big or small. We are thrilled to collaborate with Sundance Institute in a way that contributes to the next generation of storytellers.”

In the coming months, National Geographic will work closely with Sundance to identify a short list of filmmakers who embody the network’s "FURTHER" identity. "FURTHER" is the recently launched marketing tagline for the 129-year-old brand and is synonymous with content that inspires, enlightens, entertains and exemplifies "the desire to take risks, never settle, be radical about facts and always be hungry for more."

Working with Sundance, the fellowship will target a filmmaker who embodies the FURTHER ethos. The first recipient will be announced later this year.

The fellowship creation comes on the heels of the Jan. 13 launch of National Geographic Documentary Films. The first film to be released under that label is Water & Power: A California Heist, from Emmy-winning director Marina Zenovich and Oscar-winning executive producer Alex Gibney. That film premieres Monday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

Previously announced feature documentaries, which are produced under National Geographic Documentary Films, include Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS from Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested; LA 92, directed by Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin; and the Untitled Jane Goodall Project from director and writer Brett Morgen.