The Sundance Institute andthe Mark Silverman Fellowship for New Producers have announced that SusannahLudwig is to receive the 2003 Mark Silverman Fellowship. Set up in tribute toSilverman, who died in 1989 and worked on titles including Blood Simple and Raising Arizona, the award includes $5,000 for pre-production costs.Sundance will form an advisory committee of five working professionals who willmeet with and advise Ludwig throughout the Fellowship year. Ludwig will alsoattend the 2003 Sundance Producers Conference, a key opportunity fornetworking.

'We are thrilled tohave found such a strong project and such a worthy and dynamic new producer tosupport with this year's Fellowship. Susannah's passion and ongoing commitmentto independent filmmakers make her the ideal recipient,' Michelle Satter,director of Sundance's Feature Film Programme, said in a statement.

Ludwig associate producedJim McKay's Our Song andAiyana Elliott's The Ballad Of Ramblin' Jack, among others, as well as a host of shorts and fivebehind-the-scenes documentaries for the Independent Film Channel. Currentprojects include Stolen: The Search For The Lost Vermeer, a documentary about an art robbery, and TheFirst X-Rated Kiss, about astruggling film-maker's attempt to make the first really good pornpicture.