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Sundance Institute Archives & Collection inspires and educates through preservation and access to seminal work of independent artists and the unique history of the organization.
Actors like Laura Dern (above) attend the Directors Lab to perform in workshopped scenes and help directing fellows learn how to collaborate with talent.
Radha Blank won the Directing Award in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 festival. Take a look back at all of the past festival award winners.
The Festival honored Sam Fuller, showcased new Argentine cinema, and screened nearly 100 films, among them Bruce Weber’s Broken Noses, Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants, Michael Hoffman’s Promised Land, Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck, John Waters’s Hairspray, Beth and George Gage’s Fire on the Mountain, and Rob Nilsson’s Heat and Sunlight. Award winners included Jennifer Fox’s Beirut: The Last Home Movie, Bill Couturie’s Dear America, and Jerry Rees’ The Brave Little Toaster.
Directed by Nava from a screenplay co-written by Anna Thomas, El Norte tells the story of two indigenous siblings who flee from persecution in their native Guatemala to follow the promise of a better life in the United States.
Nava and Thomas attended the inaugural 1981 Directors Lab as part of a cohort of filmmakers invited by Robert Redford to develop their screenplays with the newly founded Sundance Institute.
Nine Days, Screenwriters Lab fellow, Asian American Fellowship recipient
What’s Cooking? Bend it Like Beckham, Blinded by the Light, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Screenwriters Lab fellow, creative advisor
An Iliad, The Good Book, River Red, Stephanie Daley, C.O.G, Lizzie
American Promise, Changing Same: The Untitled Racial Justice Project, Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project, Stories of Change fellow
Compliance, Hal, Music and Sound Design Lab composing fellow, Time Warner fellow, creative advisor
Maanokoobiyo, The Poet, The Storyteller, Theatre Program and Feature Film Program alum
Lead Artist: Jennifer Steinkamp
Director: Jeffrey Palmer
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Screenwriter: Don Hertzfeldt