The Sundance Institute and India’s Mahindra Group have selected four winners of the 2013 Sundance Institute| Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards, which recognize and support emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. The winning directors and projects are: Sarthak Dasgupta, The Music Teacher from India; Jonas Carpignano, A Chjana from Italy-U.S; Aly Muritiba, The Man Who Killed My Beloved Dead from Brazil; and Vendela Vida & Eva Weber, Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name from UK-Germany-US.
The awards were presented at a private ceremony at the Sundance Festival by Rohit Khattar, chairman, Mumbai Mantra; Michelle Satter, founding director, Feature Film Program, Sundance Institute; and Paul Federbush, international director, Feature Film Program, Sundance Institute.
“At a time when there is no dearth of issues around the world that are crying out to be heard, the Global Filmmaking award recognizes independent filmmakers who give expression to those voices. The Mahindra Group is proud to assist the Sundance Institute in this endeavor, which, in line with the Group’s ‘Rise’ philosophy, aims to drive a positive change in communities across the world,” said Anand Mahindra, the chairman & managing director of the Mahindra Group.
The Sundance Institute and Mahindra Group collaboration also includes the Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India, which began last year and provides an annual opportunity for eight screenwriters from India to develop their works under the guidance of international screenwriters.
Each of the four winning filmmakers will receive a cash award 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.