Sundance Institute and Time Warner have established the Time Warner Storytelling Advancement Fund to support up to 20 Fellows each year with their writing projects.

Selected Fellows will each receive a grant to further projects that embody timely and innovative narratives. The inaugural Fellows are film-maker Patricia Benoit for her project Haiti Cherie and playwright Tracey Scott Wilson for the project The Good Negro.

Benoit and Wilson participated in the 2007 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs and 2007 Sundance Theatre Lab respectively, and each will receive a $5,000 grant and benefit from year-round guidance and ongoing investment.

The second element of the Time Warner Storytelling Advancement Fund exists to support the development of the storytelling form set against a broader artistic background. Further details will be announced in due course.

Sundance Institute executive director Ken Brecher said Time Warner's commitment emphasised the importance of creative and financial support for artists.

Time Warner's senior vice president of corporate responsibility Lisa Quiroz said the Sundance Institute was 'a natural partner' in the corporation's goal of supporting emerging and diverse artists.