Director Jason Kohn and producer Jared Goldman received the Microsoft HDi Grant during the Sundance Film Festival last week from the Sundance Institute and Microsoft Corp for their 2007 festival entry Manda Bala (Send A Bullet).

The prize is worth an estimated $100,000 and provides the film-makers with the resources to author Manda Bala in high definition and develop immersive interactive experiences using Microsoft's industry-leading HDi technology.

HDi technology enables film-makers to complement their work with features such as picture-in-picture director's commentary and character biographies that enhance the home viewing experience. The grant also includes support for production of the finished product on HD DVD along with other digital delivery scenarios.