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Academy Gives Sundance Grant to Support Feature Film Labs

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 5, 2014 at 1:25PM

For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is giving the nonprofit Sundance Institute a grant to support emerging feature film artists. The grant supports Sundance Feature Film Program's already existing four annual Labs: the June Screenwriters Lab, the Directors Lab, the Creative Producing Lab, and the Creative Producing Summit.
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For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is giving the nonprofit Sundance Institute a grant to support emerging feature film artists. The grant supports Sundance Feature Film Program's already existing four annual Labs: the June Screenwriters Lab, the Directors Lab, the Creative Producing Lab, and the Creative Producing Summit. 

Sundance Institute’s Lab programs give aspiring indie filmmakers more skills and knowledge. These Fellows work with experienced mentors and each other to learn the crafts of directing and screenwriting. The Labs encourage collaboration and risk-taking, and there's no question they allow filmmakers to develop first and/or second features that often get made.

Look ayt the list of recent films supported by the FFP: Cutter Hodierne’s "Fishing Without Nets," Malik Vitthal’s "Imperial Dreams," Ryan Coogler’s "Fruitvale Station," Benh Zeitlin’s "easts of the Southern Wild," Sean Durkin’s "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Cary Fukunaga’s "Sin Nombre," Dee Rees’ "Pariah," Cherien Dabis’ "Amreeka" and Haifaa Al Mansour’s "Wadjda."

This article is related to: Sundance, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.