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Film Independent Grant Winners, Revisited

"Littlerock" director Mike Ott at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. [Photo by Peter Knegt]

In honor of the two grant winners announced this weekend at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch, indieWIRE invites readers to check out past articles about honored directors Mike Ott ("Littlerock") and Jeff Malmberg ("Marwencol").

Malmberg received the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant, comprised of a $25,000 unrestricted grant courtesy of AVEENO and $50,000 marketing and distribution grant funded by Jameson Irish Whiskey. Last fall, he shared a scene from his award-winning documentary before its theatrical release last October. The scene, titled "Rules of Town," introduces viewers to the world of "Marwencol."

Ott, who received a $25,000 unrestricted grant courtesy of Acura, was profiled in a FUTURES column shortly after "Littlerock" was nominated for the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You at the Gotham Awards (the film went on to win the award). At the Reykjavik International Film Festival, Ott addressed his whirlwind of a year: "I’m still learning how to really do it," he said. "How the process of these festivals work. It’s daunting. Especially when you’re doing it on this scale. I mean, I’m doing everything. Sending stuff out, making phone calls, I don’t have someone doing these things for me. Which is fine, but it’s a really fast learning curve."

Anish Savjani, producer of "Meek's Cutoff," also collected a $25,00 unrestricted grant via Piaget. Additional winners will be revealed at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards Feburary 26.

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