Sundance Institute and Mahindra have announced the winners of the 2014 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.
The winning directors and projects are Hong Khaou with Monsoon (Vietnam-UK), Tobias Lindholm with A War (Denmark); Ashlee Page with Archive (Australia); and Neeraj Ghaywan with Fly Away Solo (India). Khaou’s Lilting is currently playing in the festival’s World Dramatic programme.
The awards were presented at a private ceremony at Sundance. Each of the four winning filmmakers will receive a $10,000, cast award, attendance at Sundance Film Festival for targeted networking, year-round mentoring from Institute staff and creative advisors, eligibility to participate in a Sundance Institute Lab, and ongoing creative and strategic support from Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program.
Now in its fourth year, the Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award is part of a multi-faceted collaboration that exemplifies a commitment to and support of world cinema by the Sundance Institute and the Mahindra Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India.
The partnership also includes the establishment of the Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India and began in 2011. The Screenwriters Lab will announce the selection for its third edition in March.
“Sundance Institute shares with Mahindra Group a joint global commitment to nurturing new artists,” said Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford. “India is one of the most extraordinary cultures in the world, with the support of Anand Mahindra and his group, Sundance Institute screenwriters’ lab can support the next generation of their storytellers.”
“At a time when there is no dearth of issues around the world that are crying out to be heard, the Global Filmmaking award recognises independent film-makers who give expression to those voices,” said Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director of the Mahindra Group.
“The Mahindra Group is proud to assist the Sundance Institute in this endeavour, which, in line with the Group’s ‘Rise’ philosophy, aims to drive a positive change in communities across the world.”