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.”