The SundanceInstitute has named the first five Annenberg Film Fellows, the film-makers whowill receive support on their projects from the recent $5m Annenberg Foundationgrant.
Aditya Assarat,Sterlin Harjo, Emily Hubley, Kazuo Ohno and Alex Rivera will receive acombination of stipends, residencies and creative assistance with theirprojects.
Their storiesinclude an animated feature about a young woman's journey through a maze, aBangkok-based love story and a sci-fi drama about Mexican migrant workers ofthe future.
"Sundance is oneof the few places where emerging film-makers can come to develop their craft aswriters and directors as they work on their first feature film project,"Michelle Satter, director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Programme,said in a statement.
"The Annenberggrant helps us to significantly expand the ways in which we are able to supportemerging film-makers.
"The Feature Film Programme's resource ofresidencies, ongoing creative and business support, and contributed productionservices will now include the ability to provide financial support in the formof assistance grants at critical stages in a film's development."
The grant was announcedin late April (Screendaily.com, Apr 23) and encompasses a five-yearperiod of revolving support for five film-makers selected each year.