The selected projects include: The Cavanaughs (US) by John Morgan (co-writer/director) and Meg LeFauve (co-writer); Circumstance (US/Iran) by Maryam Keshavarz (writer/director); Cold Souls (US) by Sophie Barthes (writer/director); and Farming (UK/Nigeria) by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (writer/director).
The following also made the cut: Haiti Cherie (US/Haiti) by Patricia Benoit (writer/director); Here (US/Australia) by Braden King (co-writer/director) and Dani Valent (co-writer); Spoons (US) by Eric Lahey (writer/director); and Water & Power (US) from Richard Montoya (writer/director).
The eight Fellows will be joined at the June Screenwriters Lab from Jun 23-28 by Tala Hadid's Dreaming In Colour (Morocco/US), Dee Rees' Pariah (US), James Ponsoldt's Refresh, Refresh (US), J J Lask's This Is Not A Pipe: An Image Of Treason (US), and Mohamed Al-Daradji and co-writer Jennifer Norridge's Um Hussein (Iraq/UK).
'After 25 years of working with emerging film-makers, I'm struck by the quality and the boldness of the work we are supporting this June,' Sundance Institute Feature Film Programme director Michelle Satter said.
'Each project reflects the film-maker's deeply personal voice, and tells a timely and poignant story that transcends geographic boundaries and adds to the examination of contemporary culture in a meaningful and often surprising way.'
The selected eight Fellows will work with a group of creative advisors and professional production crews, shooting and editing key scenes from their scripts.