Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced twelve finalists for the 2010 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award. In its fourteenth year, this partnership presents an annual cash award to support new artists in international cinema and is presented to emerging film directors from four global regions in support of their next projects. One recipient each from Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan will be selected by members of an international jury. Winners will be announced on January 28, 2010 at the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award reception at the Sundance Film Festival which runs January 21-31, 2010, in Park City, Utah.
The winning director from each region will receive a $10,000 award and a purchase guarantee from NHK, Japan's largest broadcaster and one of the top five broadcasters in the world, for Japanese television broadcast rights upon completion of their project. Additionally, each award recipient will receive ongoing support from Sundance Institute who will work closely with the filmmakers throughout the year, providing ongoing mentorship and assistance in seeking opportunities to finance and distribute their projects.
"We're thrilled by the quality and diversity of this year's finalists," said Alesia Weston, Associate Director of the Sundance Feature Film Program, International in a statement. "In an exceptionally strong year, their projects stood out because of their originality, humor and the worlds they reflect."
The twelve finalists are:
Pablo Berger - "Snowhite" (Spain)
Maria Saakyan - "I'm Going to Change My Name" (Armenia)
Andrei Zviagintsev - "Elena" (Russia)
Amat Escalante - "Heli" (Mexico)
Rodrigo Pia - "La Demora" (Uruguay/Mexico)
Manuel Nieto Zas - "The Militant" (Uruguay)
Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (USA)
So Yong Kim - "For Ellen" (USA)
Andrew MacLean - "On the Ice" (USA)
Tamako Hioki - "No Woman No Cry" (Japan)
Ryo Nakajima - "Sleeping Beauty" (Japan)
Daisuke Yamaoka - "The Wonderful Lives at Asahigaoka" (Japan)