Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) today announced the twelve finalists for the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The annual award supports new artists in international cinema and is presented to emerging film directors from four global regions to support them in realizing their next projects. One winner from Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan is selected by members of an international jury.  The four winners will be announced during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The twelve finalists are: Veit Helmer's "Azerbaijan Dream" (Germany), Nanouk Leopold's "Wolfsbergen" (The Netherlands), Patrice Toye's "The Spring Ritual" (Belgium), Alejandro Fernandez Almendras's "Huacho" (Chile), Josue Mendez's "Dioses" (Peru), Fernando Eimbcke's "Lake Tahoe" (Mexico), Cruz Angeles's "Don't Let Me Drown" (U.S.), Dante Harper's "Dreamland" (U.S.), Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George" (U.S.), Minehito Fujita's "Hurricane" (Japan), Satoki Kenmochi's "Next Sunday" (Japan), Kanji Nakajima's "The Clone Returns to the Homeland" (Japan). NHK is Japan's largest broadcaster. [Brian Brooks]