PARK CITY, UTAH – The
inaugural Horizon Award was presented to Syracuse University student Verónica
Ortiz-Calderón for her film Y Ya No Te Gustas (And You Don’t Like Yourself
Anymore) at a reception last night co-hosted by CreativeFuture and the
Sundance House Presented by HP.
The film premiered at the
reception and can be viewed online at: http://vimeo.com/114736882.
The award and a $10,000
check were presented to Ortiz-Calderón by Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in
Chief of The Wrap, along with CreativeFuture Executive Director Ruth
Vitale and the Horizon Award founders – producers Cassian Elwes, Lynette
Howell, and Christine Vachon.
The Horizon Award was
created to celebrate and provide mentorship opportunities for talented,
up-and-coming female filmmakers. In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, the
prize included a paid trip to the Sundance Film Festival and the opportunity to
meet and be mentored by Howell (The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Velvet,
Half Nelson), Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, One Hour Photo, Far From Heaven),
and Elwes (All is Lost, Dallas Buyers Club, Margin Call) while at the
Waxman has called the
Horizon Award, and what it stands for, “a cause that I believe in.” The winning
short, which was selected from more than 400 submissions, will premier at the
The 2015 Horizon Award’s
corporate and organizational co-sponsors include The Black List, The Creative
Mind Group, CreativeFuture, Indiegogo, The Sundance Institute, Twitter, Vimeo,
and Women in Film.
The idea for the award
came following the release of a 2012 Women in Film study, which showed that
women comprised only 9% of directors among the top 250 domestic grossing movies
“That statistic is
terrible, and we are trying to figure out how to do something about it,” said
award co-sponsor and producer Christine Vachon.
“We hope to help level
the playing field for women in the film business and help foster the talents of
young, female directors,” said award co-sponsor and producer Lynette Howell.
“One of the goals of this
award,” says Elwes, “is to identify young, female directors early enough in
their careers so that we can help them overcome the hurdles that they will