The Sundance Institute and Japanese broadcaster NHK have announced the 12 finalists for the 2009 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award.

One recipient each from Europe, Latin America, the US and Japan will be selected by members of an international jury to receive $10,000 and a guarantee from NHK to purchase Japanese TV rights upon completion.

The finalists from Europe and are Latin America are: Celia Galan Julve from Spain with Rosita Guzman Is Alive; Lucile Hadzihalilovic (Innocence) from France with Evolution; Marco Van Geffen from the Netherlands with Among Us; Fellipe Barbosa from Brazil with Casa Grande; Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimaraes from Brazil with The Man Of The Crowd; and Diego Lerman (Suddenly) from Argentina with The Discipline Monitor.

Finalists from the US and Japan are: Dee Rees with Pariah; David Riker with The Girl; John Magary with Blood Abundance, Or The Half-Life Of Antoinette; Japan's Qurata Kenji with Speed Girl; Yukiko Mishima with When Nobody Calls Your Name; and Season Noda with Limbo Mambo.

The winners will be announced on January 22 at the Sundance Film Festival.