The Sundance Institute today announced that it will present Alejandro González Iñárritu with its Vanguard Leadership Award at the fifth annual Sundance Institute benefit on June 2, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la Mise en Scene, the Best Director award at Cannes in 2006 for “Babel.”
He has produced three films that appeared at the Sundance Film Festival: “Nine Lives,” “Mother & Child” and “Rudo y Cursi.” “Amores Perros” is featured in the Sundance Collection at UCLA, an independent film preservation program that was established in 1997.
“The current health and vibrancy of independent film is best reflected in the stories from filmmakers who continue to push and break boundaries,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “Alejandro G. Iñárritu is among the most creative and innovative filmmakers working today, and the boldness, humanity and audacity of his films will inspire generations to come.”
“It comes as a great honor to receive this award from an organization whose mission, spirit and objectives are noble and have a profound effect on many filmmakers around the world,” Iñárritu said.
Iñárritu will be the fourth recipient of the Vanguard Leadership Award, joining philanthropist and former Institute Trustee George Gund, journalist and film critic Roger Ebert and actress and arts advocate Glenn Close.