Federbush with Kim at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2011
Federbush with Kim at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2011

Former Warner Independent Pictures and Red Flag Releasing executive Paul Federbush has been hired by the Sundance Institute as international director of its feature film program. Reporting to feature film program founding director Michelle Satter, Federbush officially begins his new role September 24.

The feature film program is a year-round effort to find and support filmmakers through development labs, grants, awards and other types of mentoring. The international side of the initiative involves Sundance-run programs in places such as India and the Middle East, which Federbush will oversee and expand.

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While at Red Flag, which he launched in 2009 with former WIP colleague Laura Kim, Federbush distributed films such as “8: The Mormon Proposition,” “ReGeneration,” "Norwegian Wood" and “We Were Here,” a continuation of the work he was doing at WIP on “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Paradise Now.”

Among many others, the Sundance Institute’s feature film program has had a hand in supporting the recent films “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “My Brother the Devil,” “Compliance,” “The Attack,” “Sleepwalk With Me” and “Keep the Lights On.”