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DAILY NEWS: Schaffer Programs Outfest and Sundance's Science Focus

DAILY NEWS: Schaffer Programs Outfest and Sundance's Science Focus



by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE


>> Schaffer Named Director of Programming at Outfest


(indieWIRE: 10.30.02) -- Southern California's largest film festival has
appointed Kirsten Schaffer director of programming. Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, appointed Schaffer recently to be responsible
for programming gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendereed features, docs and
shorts for its annual event in July and for its Outfest Wednesdays series
held throughout the year. Schaffer replaces Shannon Kelley who held the
position for six years, but will continue to maintain a relationship with
the organization as he pursues other projects.


A graduate from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, Schaffer
served as director of programming and later co-executive director of the
Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Additionally she has worked as
programmer for the Northwest International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
and as curator for the Olympia Film Festival and the One Reel Festival at
Bumbershoot. In 2000 and 2002, she served as senior programmer for Outfest.


"Kirsten is charged with finding and delivering to Outfest the most
wonderful, cinematic and absorbing films for the festival," said Stephen
Gutwillig
, executive director of Outfest. "She truly has incredible
worldwide contacts and resources, and we are very happy she has chosen
Outfest as her new home." This year, Outfest celebrates its 20th year and
hosted its annual festival in July featuring 241 films and videos from 30
countries. [Brian Brooks]


>> Sloan Foundation Aligns with Sundance


(indieWIRE: 10.30.02) -- The Sundance Institute has announced a partnership
with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, an organization aimed at "the
development and exhibition of new independent film projects that explore
science and technology themes or that depict scientists in engaging and
innovative ways."


The effort will create a fellowship to support a project from inception to
pre-production. During the Festival, a $20,000 cash prize will honor a
Sundance Film Festival dramatic feature film that probes science or
technology, and a panel of filmmakers and scientists will discuss the
portrayal of science in popular films.


The Sloan Foundation has partnered with six film schools and established
awards at a number of film fests, including the Hamptons and Tribeca
festivals.


The Institute is currently seeking fellowship submissions via its Feature
Film Program
. The organization is interested in finding filmmakers or
screenwriters with relevant projects. Applications received by November 6
will be considered for the January Screenwriters Lab. [Eugene Hernandez]


[For more information on submissions, please send an e-mail requesting an
application to FeatureFilmProgram@sundance.org.]

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