THE MUSIC TEACHER, A CHJANA and More Win 2013 Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards
Eva Weber / LET THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ERASE YOUR NAME (UK/Germany): When 28-year-old Clarissa discovers on the eve of her father's funeral that everything she believed true of her life was a lie, she flees New York and travels to the Arctic Circle to uncover the secrets of her mother who mysteriously vanished many years before.
Originally from Germany, Eva Weber is a London-based filmmaker working in both documentary and fiction. Her multi-award-winning films have screened at numerous international film festivals, such as Sundance, Edinburgh, SXSW, BFI London, and Telluride; and have also been broadcast on UK and international television. Her film, The Solitary Life of Cranes was described as "one of the most absorbing documentaries of the year" by The Observer newspaper in the UK, and selected as one of the top five films of the year by critic Nick Bradshaw in Sight & Sound's annual film review in 2008. Eva is currently developing a number of feature projects, including the fiction/documentary hybrid 'Ghost Wives'. She has also been selected to direct the 20-minute fiction film, 'Field Study'. Funded through the British Film Institute's shorts scheme, filming is scheduled for late spring 2013.
The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program: Since 1981, The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program (FFP) has supported more than 450 independent filmmakers whose distinctive, singular work has engaged audiences worldwide. The program's approach to the discovery and development of independent artists has become a model for creative development programs internationally. Program staff fully embrace the unique vision of each filmmaker, encouraging a rigorous creative process with a focus on original and deeply personal storytelling. Each year, up to 30 emerging artists from the U.S. and around the world participate in a year-round continuum of support which can include the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Creative Producing Fellowship and Lab, Composers Lab, Creative Producing Summit, ongoing creative and strategic advice, significant production and postproduction resources, a Rough-Cut Screening Initiative, a Screenplay Reading Series, and direct financial support through project-specific grants and artist fellowships. In many cases, the Institute has helped the Program's fellows attach producers and talent, secure financing, and assemble other significant resources to move their projects toward production and presentation. In addition, the FFP is providing strategic resources to completed Lab films in distribution and marketing across all platforms to support and expand their connection to audiences worldwide.
Over its 30-year history, The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program has supported an extensive list of award-winning and groundbreaking independent films which include Benh Zeitlin's Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Craig Zobel's Compliance, Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me, Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda, Sally El Hosaini's My Brother the Devil, Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On, Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene, Dee Rees' Pariah, Maryam Keshavarz's Circumstance, Eric Mendelsohn's 3 Backyards, Shirin Neshat's Women Without Men, Cherien Dabis' Amreeka, Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre, Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer, Fernando Eimbcke's Lake Tahoe, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's Half Nelson, Andrea Arnold's Red Road, Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know, Hany Abu-Assad's Paradise Now, Debra Granik's Down to the Bone, Ira Sachs' Forty Shades of Blue, Josh Marston's Maria Full of Grace, Lisa Cholodenko's Laurel Canyon, Peter Sollett's Raising Victor Vargas, John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry, Tony Bui's Three Seasons, Walter Salles' Central Station, Chris Eyre and Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals, Allison Anders' Mi Vida Loca, Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight, Tamara Jenkins' Slums of Beverly Hills, and Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. www.sundance.org/featurefilm
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