The Malik Bendjelloul Memorial Foundation (Stiftelsen Malik Bendjellouls minne) was founded on Sep 14 2015, on the initiative of the Bendjelloul family and an international network of documentary film makers and producers.
The founders wish to honour Malik in this way and to use him as an example and inspiration for future generations of documentary filmmakers. This is how the purpose of the foundation is formulated in the statutes: “The purpose of the foundation is to support documentary filmmakers active in Sweden. The aim is to create a new source of funding for documentary filmmakers; to offer them support and inspiration, including those who are not yet established professionals. The support comes in the form of grants and mentoring. The foundation shall favour projects in line with Malik Bendjelloul’s legacy of creativity, good storytelling and do-it-yourself-spirit. In light of the global nature of documentary films, a premium will be put on projects with a potential to reach an international audience”.
The foundation is governed by a board appointed by the Bendjelloul family. The following members have been chosen for the task of living up to the foundation’s purpose and collecting means for a fund to support filmmakers active in Sweden.
Malcolm Dixelius, chairman
Simone Baumann, member
Johar Bendjelloul, member
Simon Chinn, member
Stina Gardell, member
John Battsek, deputy member
Kerstin Brunnberg, deputy member
Leif Pagrotsky, deputy member
The members of the board are unpaid and will meet once a year in Stockholm.
An external treasurer will be hired to secure a professional management and auditing of the fund.
The board appoints a jury to select grantees.
The foundation starts with a donation, which constitutes the basis of a fund. The board is tasked with approaching private and institutional donors with an interest in supporting documentary filmmakers. The foundation will not seek public financing or other money that comes from taxes, since that would create unnecessary competition with existing Swedish film funds.
The fund will have a high ethical standard to protect its independence. This policy will be public and transparent.
The long-term aim is to have a fund large enough to provide not only working grants, but also be a partner in financing of documentaries. For such a fund to be sustainable, it needs a base of € 10 million.
Can it be done? That’s the challenge!
Besides providing grants for filmmakers, the foundation will use its international network to help grantees find international financing and coproduction opportunities. This work has a high priority and it is our hope that being a “Malik grantee” will help future generations of filmmakers through the maze of setbacks that dogged the “Searching for Sugar Man” production for far too long.