The San Francisco Film Society had a good year at the Sundance Film Festival. Four of the films that received significant funding from the society's Filmmaker360 program went on to win awards at the fest, including Dramatic Grand Jury prize winner "Fruitvale" by Ryan Coogler.
This marks the second year in a row that a 360-funded film has taken home Sundance's top award. Last year, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was the Grand Jury winner.
"Fruitvale" also won the Audience Award in the narrative category. Zachary Heinzerling won the Directing Award in the documentary category for "Cutie and the Boxer," and Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson's "American Promise" and Jacob Kornbluth's "Inequality for All" won Special Jury prizes, also in the documentary category.
SFFS executive director Ted Hope stated: "The success of these amazing films at Sundance proves definitively that there is a film renaissance happening right now in the Bay Area."
More info about the Filmmaker360 program is here.