Cineastas independientes triunfan en Sundance
Por: Clara Itzel Hernández Valladares10-02-2011
I Dream in Another Language de Ernesto Contreras entre las cintas galardonadas
The Sundance Institute and Mahindra today announced the winners of the inaugural Sundance Institute|Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award, in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. The winning directors and projects are: Bogdan Mustata, Wolf from Romania; Ernesto Contreras, I Dream in Another Language from Mexico; Seng Tat Liew, In What City Does it Live? from Malaysia; and Talya Lavie, Zero Motivation from Israel. The awards were presented at a private ceremony and reception at the Sundance Film Center.
The Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award is part of a multifaceted agreement that exemplifies the commitment and support of world cinema by the Mahindra Group, one of the largest companies in India known throughout the world for its commitment to excellence and to social responsibility, and the nonprofit Sundance Institute, one of the world’s leading cultural organizations. The partnership, which also includes the establishment of a Mumbai Mantra|Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India, will extend over a three-year period. The Lab will provide an opportunity for 6 to 8 screenwriters from India to develop their works under the guidance of accomplished international screenwriters in an environment that encourages storytelling at the highest level. The Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab March 2012 is inviting applications from Indian screenwriters on www.mumbaimantra.com as part of its Open Submission Process.
“We’re thrilled to be working with our new partners to embrace and support the next scripts of such an exciting group of emerging filmmakers who are telling stories that will resonate for audiences worldwide,” said Michelle Satter, Director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. The Award and year-round support from the Feature Film Program will go a long way to help these artists find the creative and business resources to get their films made with quality and singular vision.”
The four winning filmmakers will receive a cash award each of $10,000, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival for targeted industry and creative meetings, year-round mentoring from Institute staff and creative advisors, participation in a Feature Film Program Lab, and ongoing creative and strategic support. Beginning in 2012, one out of the four award recipients will be an Indian director – a commitment to fulfill the vision of Mahindra and of Sundance Institute to champion a new generation of Indian filmmakers.
Alesia Weston, Associate Director, Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, International said, “This year’s winners are an incredibly diverse group of filmmakers. As individual storytellers, each has a unique voice and original screenplay – they are also exceptional representations of the talent flourishing in their respective countries.”
Winner Ernesto Contreras’ s project I Dream in Another Language, written by Carlos Contreras, tells of a rare indigenous language already on the verge of extinction it asfaces its final threat when its last two speakers, very old friends, have a fight and refuse to speak to one another. Ernesto has received several international grants for his projects. His first feature film, Párpados Azules (Blue Eyelids) was nominated for the Camera d’Orat the 60th Cannes Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It went on to receive the Ariel Award for Best First Work by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences. His recent feature, a documentary on the 20 years of Mexico’s most important rock band, Seguir siendo: Café Tacvba (Being: Café Tacvba), had its international premier in March of 2010 during the Guadalajara International Film Festival, and opened in theatres nationwide in November.
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