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Sundance Institute and NHK Pick 12 Finalists for annual Awards

Sundance Institute and NHK Pick 12 Finalists for annual Awards

Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) announced Friday the 12 finalists for the 2007 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. The awards “recognize emerging artists in international cinema,” and are presented to film directors from Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan to support them in realizing their next projects. The four winners, selected by members of an international jury, will be announced during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, taking place January 18-28. The 12 finalists are: Jens Jonsson for “The Ping-Pong King” (Sweden); Dagur Kari for “The Good Heart” (Iceland); Ursula Meier for “Home” (Switzerland); Lucia Cedron for “Agnus Dei” (Argentina); Jorge Gaggero for “Dog Security” (Argentina); Josue Mendez for “Dioses” (Peru); Isamu Hirabayashi for “The Care and Feeding of Insects” (Japan); Tomoko Kana for “Two by the River” (Japan); Yoshinori Saitou for “Chicken Choice” (Japan); Caran Hartsfield for “Bury Me Standing” (U.S.); Jake Mahaffy for “Free in Deed” (U.S.) and Kazuo Ohno for “Mr. Crumpacker and the Man from the Letter” (U.S.) The winning director from each region will receive a $10,000 award and a guarantee from NHK to purchase the Japanese television broadcast rights upon completion of their project. In addition, Sundance Institute will work closely with the award recipients throughout the year, providing ongoing resources and support in seeking out opportunities to finance and distribute their projects. “These projects transcend geographic, cultural and political boundaries and represent the range of stories being developed by filmmakers around the world,” commented Alesia Weston, associate director of the Feature Film Program, International in a statement about the nominees. For more information, visit the Sundance Institute website. [Brian Brooks]

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