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Formation 2006
Type Non-profit
Legal status Foundation
Purpose Film funding
Headquarters New York, NY
Founder & Executive Director Philipp Engelhorn
Creative Director Michael Raisler
Budget $500,000

Cinereach is a nonprofit[1] film funding organization in New York, NY, founded in 2006, which provides grants, awards, an annual fellowship, and in-house film production.[2] The organization also has partnerships with other film development organizations such as the Sundance Institute[3] and other film funding organizations.[4]

The Cinereach annual Reach Film Fellowship promotes and awards funds to documentary and narrative short films for emerging filmmakers, in varying amounts. In 2008, Reach Fellowship grants were awarded to four recipients, producing three documentaries and one narrative film, for $5000 each.[5]

In 2009, Cinereach funded $1.5 million of Sundance Film Festival grants over three years. The funding supports a minimum of twelve feature and documentary films developed at Sundance.[3] In June 2011, four grants each were given for post-production and development for feature films, and for documentaries, one development and two production grants were made.[6]

The organization provides direct annual grants to fund development, production, and post-production in documentary and feature film categories. Each year, "over $500,000" in funding is disbursed.[7] Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films through two grant cycles (summer and winter).[citation needed]

Grant amounts can range from $5,000 – $50,000 per project and can be awarded to support any stage of production, including research and development, production and post-production. Within each cycle, between five and fifteen projects are selected to receive support. They support films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry and vital subject matter. Cinereach-supported films favor "story over message, character over agenda and complexity over duality".[8] Films supported by Cinereach in recent years include: Return (2011), Donor Unknown, The Forgiveness of Blood, Pariah, Entre nos, Bully, The Boy Mir, Kinyarwanda, and Circumstance.[9]

Cinereach rebranded in 2009 with a new identity and website design by experience design firm Method.[10]


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