Magazine article Variety

Sundance Prize Adds Luster to Network

Magazine article Variety

Sundance Prize Adds Luster to Network

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One important aspect of the mandate of the Sundance Film Festival has been the Sundance/NHK Inti. Filmmakers Award, which since its establishment in 1995 has recognized and supported a visionary filmmaker's next film.

"Sundance Institute has long seen international cinema as vital to our work," said Paul Federbush, international director of the Feature Film Program at Sundance Institute. "By integrating voices from around the world into our work with U.S.-based artists, we hope to create a creative and cultural dialogue through the widest range of stories and methods of storytelling."

Through NHK's support, the award includes $10,000 in cash and strategic meetings at the festival with established filmmakers and guidance throughout the life of the upcoming project.

One recent success story is Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which was a winner in 2010.

After being picked up by Fox Searchlight two years later, the film opened to overwhelming critical praise and enjoyed an extended theatrical run. …

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