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Three Filmmaker Finalists Announced for a Year of Mentorship with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 18, 2014 at 12:23PM

Three young filmmakers from across the globe have been selected as finalists for a year of creative collaboration with Oscar-nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu. The finalists hail from Brazil, Hungary and Israel. They each will be interviewed by Iñárritu, who will select one of them as his protégé. That selection will be announced in May.
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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Three young filmmakers from across the globe have been selected as finalists for a year of creative collaboration with Oscar-nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu. The finalists hail from Brazil, Hungary and Israel. They each will be interviewed by Iñárritu, who will select one of them as his protégé. That selection will be announced in May.

The finalists are:

Fellipe Barbosa, 33, Brazil

Denes Nagy, 33, Hungary

Tom Shoval, 32, Israel

This collaboration comes about via the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, which pairs promising talents with world-renowned veterans in seven artistic disciplines -- dance, film, literature, music, theatre, film, visual arts and architecture. Finalists are selected through a world-wide search; moreinfo is here

Gonzalez Inarritu recently wrapped production on "Birdman," starring Emma Stone and Michael Keaton. In December of last year it was reported by Variety the director was in talks to helm "The Jungle Book" for Warner Bros; that was subsequently denied in early January by Deadline.

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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.