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Cinereach logo actual size.png
Legal statusFoundation
PurposeFilm funding
HeadquartersNew York, NY
Founder & Executive Director
Philipp Engelhorn
Michael Raisler

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]

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.[5]

The organization provides direct annual grants to fund development, production, and post-production in documentary and feature film categories.[citation needed]

Films supported by Cinereach in the past include: Return, Donor Unknown, The Forgiveness of Blood, Pariah, Entre nos, Bully, The Boy Mir, Kinyarwanda, and Circumstance.[6] Cinereach's 2018 grantees include Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock, Black Mother, Chained for Life, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., Monsters and Men, Night Comes On, Phantom Cowboys, Shirkers, Sorry to Bother You, This is Congo, and Wild Nights with Emily.[7]

Recipients of the Cinereach Producers Initiative award have included Karin Chien, Julie Goldman, Lars Knudsen, Heather Rae, Joslyn Barnes, Shrihari Sathe and Jay van Hoy.[8]

Cinereach rebranded in 2009 with a new identity and website design by experience design firm Method.[9]


  1. ^ "Online Version of Publication 78 Search Results".
  2. ^ Cinereach website.
  3. ^ a b Smith, Shannon (July 6, 2009) "Sundance adds $1.5 million grant - Cinereach to fund projects, establish fellowship". Variety.
  4. ^ Farhat Kassab, Sally (September 6, 2011). "Skoll Foundation extends partnership with Sundance Institute Documentary Film program". Skoll Foundation.
  5. ^ Means, Sean P. (June 7, 2011). "Sundance Institute, Cinereach dole out money to indie film projects". Salt Lake Tribune.
  6. ^ "Grants - Recipients".
  7. ^ "Cinereach's film index".
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  9. ^ Fishel, Catharine; Gardner, Bill (2011). LogoLounge 6: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers. Rockport Publishers.

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