The Sundance Institute today announced an expansion of its labs program into television and online content, establishing the first Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab, to be held this fall at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. Norman and Lyn Lear …
Sundance Institute tonight presented jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The Short Film Grand Jury Prize went to Of God And Dogs, about a Syrian soldier who confesses to killing a man he knew was innocent. This year’s Short Film program comprised 66 short films selected from a record 8,161 submissions. In addition to this evening’s ceremony, other films in other competition categories will be honored Saturday at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony. Those January 25 awards will be hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally — both of whom have films at Sundance this year. In the meantime, check out the full list of short film winners and honorees here:
PARK CITY, UT — Sundance Institute and Mahindra today announced the winners of the 2014 Sundance Institute |Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award, in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. The winning directors and projects are Hong Khaou, MONSOON from Vietnam/UK; Tobias Lindholm, A WAR from Denmark; Ashlee Page, ARCHIVE from Australia; and Neeraj Ghaywan, FLY AWAY SOLO from India.
The awards were presented at a private ceremony at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, currently underway in Park City, Utah.
Now in its fourth year, the Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award is part of a multifaceted collaboration that exemplifies a commitment to and support of world cinema by the Mahindra Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India known throughout the world for its dedication to excellence and to social responsibility, and the nonprofit Sundance Institute, one of the world’s leading cultural organizations.
Park City, UT — Sundance Institute, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today announced a new project that will harness the power of independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty. The Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge will spur the production of documentary and narrative films – through a global open call for three-to-eight-minute submissions – that will celebrate imaginative solutions real people are creating to overcome the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty.
The project supports Sundance Institute’s mission to empower independent storytellers and connect their work to communities around. The Institute is working with Tongal.com to manage the online call for entries. Winning films will receive a $10,000 grant and premiere at a private event at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Users can submit through July 1, 2014. There is no fee to apply. More information can be found at www.tongal.com/sundance.
This year’s group of independent screenwriters and their projects chosen for Sundance Institute‘s January Screenwriters Lab hail from the U.S., Latin America, Europe and China. Led by Artistic Director Howard Rodman, the Fellows will work with filmmakers including Dustin Lance Black, Naomi Foner, John Gatins, Michael Goldenberg, Erik Jendresen, Patty Jenkins, Kasi Lemmons, Tobias Lindholm, Walter Mosley, Marti Noxon, Jon Raymond, Susan Shilliday, Zach Sklar, Peter Straughan, Quentin Tarantino, and Bill Wheeler. Sundance Institute Feature Film Program fellows who have recently been recognized with awards for their work include Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda), Andrew Dosunmu (Mother Of George), David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox). The lab runs from January 10-15 at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Here is the full list:
Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher, Chad Hartigan’s This Is Martin Bonner and other Sundance buzz-makers and world premieres will screen at the Sundance Institute’s inaugural NEXT Weekend Film Festival from August 8-11 in Los Angeles. Here are the 10 newly unveiled titles set to screen at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre, Cinefamily, Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, MOCA, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television:
The late film critic Roger Ebert and award-winning Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler were the honorees at last night’s third annual Celebrate Sundance Institute event at The Lot in Hollywood. Ebert’s widow Chaz was on hand to accept the Vanguard Leadership Award for her husband, who died April 4 but had hoped to attend in person. The Sundance Institute announced that the Roger Ebert Scholarship For Film Criticism would be established in order to promote ”passionate and articulate aspiring young film critics” in the legendary critic’s memory. Sundance founder Robert Redford presented the award to Chaz Ebert and recounted his own personal connection to Roger. Redford recalled meeting him in 1980, right as the actor-director was starting to formulate plans for the development of the Sundance Lab, even before the Festival was started several years later. Ebert, there as a journalist, was interested in covering the beginnings of the Sundance Lab, which would foster independent film.
Sundance London, the film and music festival whose sophomore edition kicks off next month, has added three features to its roster. Stuart Zicherman’s A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clark …
Six venues in Los Angeles will play host to the new Sundance Institute-backed Next Weekend Film Festival, an extension of Sundance’s stylistically adventurous NEXT < => section to be …
Five international filmmakers today won the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards at the Sundance Film Festival. The awards went to Sarthak Dasgupta’s The Music Teacher (India) Jonas Carpignano’s A Chjana (Italy/US), Aly Muritiba’s The Man Who Killed …
Women have made up 29.8% of all the filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival over the last decade, a new study released today reveals. The report, Exploring the Barriers and Opportunities For Independent Women Filmmakers, comes in a year that sees for the first time female-helmed films making up half of the titles in the festival’s U.S. Dramatic competition. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles commissioned the study and looked at the gender of 11,197 producers, directors, writers, editors and cinematographers in 820 American movies programmed for Sundance from 2002-2012. While the Sundance data remains mostly flat, the report shows a stark contrast for women in the indie world and the studio world: The study finds female filmmakers made up 23.9% of directors in all categories at Sundance from 2002-2012, but just 4.4% among the top 100 box office movies over the same time frame. The study says that “gendered financial barriers” and “male-dominated industry networking” are seen as the two top reasons why women’s growth in the industry is stunted.
The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC conducted the research.
The inaugural Sundance London Film and Music Festival ran in April this year, hosting the UK and European premieres of movies that debuted in Park City in January, along with musical performances by 17 acts. Today, Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute and AEG Europe announced they’ve renewed the event for two more years. The 2013 Sundance London Festival will be held from April 25-28 at London’s O2 Arena. The program, which will again feature new work by American filmmakers and music artists, will be drawn up by the Sundance Institute. A series of panels and workshops is also being planned as a forum
Under the guidance of President & Founder Robert Redford and in close collaboration with Executive Director Keri Putnam, the 23-person Board is responsible for the governance of Sundance Institute and works to actively advance creative and financial support for artists developing original stories for the screen and stage. Wally Weisman continues as Chairman of the Board.
Park City, UT — May 16, 2012 – Sundance Institute today announced that the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Utah, in January, generated an overall economic impact of $80 million for the State of Utah, according to the independent annual economic and demographic study conducted by the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the David Eccles School of Business (BEBR).