Sundance Film Forward is a touring program which introduces a new generation of audiences to the power of story through the exhibition of film and conversations with filmmakers to create greater cultural awareness.
Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of eight short films from the 2016 edition of the January Festival
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Programs for Utah audiences to experience independent film, theatre, and music through free screenings and discussions.
Sundance Ignite identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers and fosters fresh audiences for independent storytelling. The program offers individuals ages 18-25 the Ignite Ticket Package, an exclusive chance to see the newest films at the Sundance Film Festival; the Ignite Fellows Program, a competitive and year-round Festival and industry experience; and Sundance Ignite On Tour, a traveling component designed to engage with students and emerging filmmakers.
Sundance Ignite Fellows Program
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In partnership with Adobe Project 1324, the yearlong Sundance Ignite Fellowship is open to 18-to-24-year-old emerging documentary and narrative filmmakers. It kicks off with a free trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where fellows will be paired with a Sundance alumni mentor and attend special Ignite events. For the rest of the year, fellows work with their mentors, attend select Sundance Institute programs, be eligible for internships, and receive additional creative and professional development opportunities as they develop their craft. They will also receive a complimentary Adobe Creative Cloud subscription from Project 1324.
2018 Ignite Fellows
These are the fifteen fellows selected for the 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellowship:
Amri Rigby is a filmmaker born and raised in Decatur, Georgia. He is currently majoring in Arts, Technology and the Business
of Innovation at the University of Southern California’s Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy. Once he discovered his
passion for storytelling after taking an animation class, he decided to pursue filmmaking. Amri aims to create films
that engage audiences by inspiring, uplifting and empowering.
Andrea Porras-Madero was born and raised in Mexico. She moved to California at age 14, where she began making films. She
is currently a double major in Film Production and Latin American Studies at the University of Southern California.
Artist, filmmaker Ayo Akingbade was born and raised in Hackney, East London. She experiments with a range of media, including
combining analogue techniques with digital processes. In 2017, her project
Tower XYZ received a Special Mention Award at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, she obtained a film
degree from London College of Communication and participated in Ji.hlava’s Academy in the Czech Republic.
Carol Nguyen is a 19-year-old filmmaker based in Toronto. Her work explores culture, identity and family, topics that heavily
define her understanding of the world. Through her career, Carol aims to tackle gender equality and diversity in film.
Today, Carol is continuing her passion for filmmaking at Concordia University in Montreal.
Crystal Kayiza grew-up in Oklahoma and is now a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker and Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker
Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center. After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Documentary Studies and
Production, Crystal spent two years at the ACLU working on criminalization of poverty issues. Her documentary work
and writing has been featured in
The Nation, Scalawag Magazine and
OkayAfrica. She received a Heartland Emmy Award in 2017 for her film
All That Remains, which profiles Boley, Oklahoma, one of the nation's last all-Black towns.
Gerardo Coello Escalante
Gerardo Coello Escalante is a Mexican filmmaker. He was born and raised in Mexico City where he attended various filmmaking
and theater workshops and programs. In 2013, he moved to New York and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating
in December 2016. Gerardo currently works on independent films and documentaries while writing and directing his own
work in between projects.
Matthew Puccini is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His first film,
Solo, won the King Award for Screenwriting at NYU’s First Run Film Festival. His second short,
The Mess He Made, premiered at SXSW and was a finalist for this year’s Iris Prize. Matthew is a member of the
2017 New York Film Festival Artist Academy, a recipient of the 2017 Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship and an Artist
in Residence at The Spruceton Inn.
Matty Crawford is a writer/director and recent graduate from the UK. His short films have screened at BAFTA-recognised festivals,
collecting a number of awards such as Best Director Award at the Kodak/Nahemi Competition and the New Talent Award
at this year’s BFI Future Film Festival. He has recently finished production on a new short film funded by the Arts
Council England, as his next short film
LOVE HOTEL premieres at London Short Film Festival in 2018.
Mohamed Touahria is an Algerian filmmaker studying English at Djelfa University in Algeria. He has made three short films
and participated in short film festivals across north Africa.
Paloma Lopez is a filmmaker from Caracas, Venezuela. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017, with
her senior thesis film
Singer. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is an assistant to an independent film director.
Her passion lies in the visual storytelling aspect of documentary photography, which sparked her love for film.
Sindha Agha is a Pakistani-American independent filmmaker who grew-up in a small town in Illinois and is now based in Los
Angeles. Sindha experiments with documentary & narrative genres to create candid, intimate films that illustrate how
social forces shape deeply personal experiences. She is dedicated to helping people understand one another better,
keen on dialetheism, married to sincerity and has it out for shame.
Sky Bruno is a filmmaker based in Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi. He is currently studying Digital Cinema at the University of Hawaiʻi
at Manoa's Academy for Creative Media. His latest short-doc SHAPE was an official selection at the 2017 Honolulu Surf
Film Festival and the 2017 ʻOhina Short Film Showcase. With his passion for filmmaking, Sky hopes to create opportunities
in Hawaiʻi and help develop original voices in the future generations of storytellers.
Sidney Butler is an aspiring screenwriter from Houston, Texas. Her television pilot,
Stella with the World on Her Shoulders, was one of two pilots produced by NYU’s highly selective Advanced Television
Course, and was fully funded by the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation. Her writing has been published in
Interview, The Light Leaks and on Medium. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is the writer’s PA for
Grey’s Anatomy spinoff.
Terrance Daye is an award winning poet and filmmaker from Long Island, New York. Terrance’s creative work reimagines traditional
representations of black male identity and invests strongly in destigmatizing mental illness within the black community.
Terrance received his Bachelor’s from Morehouse College and is pursuing his MFA in filmmaking from NYU Tisch School
of the Arts. Terrance’s most recent film project,
The Colored Hospital: A Visual Poem was shortlisted for the 44th Student Academy Awards.
Born and raised in New Delhi, Varun Chopra graduated from Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television where
he focused on stories of common people with aspects of social justice. He was the recipient of the SFTV Dean’s Scholarship.
His short films have screened at various International film festivals. He was featured in the
Los Angeles Times among a team of diverse filmmakers on a discussion on diversity in Hollywood. Varun works in
Los Angeles as a freelance director and is currently editing a television show currently streaming on Netflix. He is
one of the ten fellows of Visual Communication's Armed with a Camera fellowship for 2017-2018.
Ignite Ticket Package
The Ignite Ticket Package at Sundance Film Festival includes screening tickets, a festival credential and access to exclusive events specially designed to connect emerging filmmakers to festival filmmakers and industry, explore the evolving landscape of financing and distribution, introduce them to the Sundance Institute artist programs and services, and provide opportunities for networking. The Ignite Ticket Package is a reduced cost ticket package open to ages 18-25.
Sundance Ignite on Tour
Sundance Ignite on Tour travels with films and filmmakers to college campuses, community centers, and arts organizations for screenings, discussions, Short Film Masterclasses, workshops, and case studies. For more information about how to bring Sundance Ignite to your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sundance Ignite is supported by Adobe Project 1324; Arison Arts Foundation; The Birth of a Nation Fellowship, founded by the creative and producing teams of the film; Syracuse University; and Joshua M. Cohen.