Film projects supported this year explore a wide range of topics including an exploration of class and race in Brazil, a story about a mother reintegrating into society after serving a tour of duty in Iraq and a comedic look at growing up as a contemporary Native American.
The projects selected for the 2008 January Screenwriters Lab are:
Addicted To Love - Liu Hao, writer-director (China)
Blood Abundance, Or The Half-Life Of Antoinette - John Magary, writer-director (USA)
Cockeyed - Ryan Knighton, writer (Canada)
Hammer And Anvil - Alicia Erian, writer (USA)
Hannah M. - Hadar Friedlich, writer-director (Israel)
The Henchman - Patrick Vala-Haynes, writer (USA)
Meadowlandz - Moon Molson, writer-director (USA)
Poletown - Daniel Casey, writer-director (USA)
Quotas - Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa co-writer-director And Karen Sztajnberg, co-writer (USA/Brazil)
Return - Liza Johnson, write-director (USA)
Samba Do Maazooz - Hicham Ayouch, writer-director (Morocco)
Shockheaded Peter - Frank Budgen, writer-director (UK)
Tales Of An Urban Indian - Darrell Dennis, writer (Canada)
'We are thrilled to be supporting such an eclectic and singular group of filmmakers from the US and around the world,' Feature Film Programme director Michelle Satter said.
'Their deeply personal and original stories transcend the borders of their countries of origin and reflect an urgency, passion, and spirit present in independent cinema today.'
The fellows will work with a group of creative advisors that includes Kasi Lemmons, Christopher McQuarrie and Thomas Vinterberg.
For more details about each project visit www.sundance.org.