Sundance and Adobe Announce Winners of $5,000 Filmmaking Grant

Sundance has announced the recipients for its $5,000 filmmaking grant to support women filmmakers!

The Sundance Institute has partnered with software giant Adobe to create a fellowship “to help female filmmakers launch successful and sustainable careers.”

Eleven women were awarded the filmmaking grant this year. Each receives a $5,000 cash grant, participation in a Sundance Institute Lab or Program, and mentorship from Sundance Institute staff and Adobe executives.

According to the Sundance Official website, the filmmaking grant is “designed to meaningfully support women artists creating bold new work in film and media, with a priority on filmmakers from historically underrepresented communities.”

Sundance Adobe 2020 Filmmaking Grant Fellows

Here are the 11 women who have been awarded Sundance’s filmmaking grant this year:

  • Jameka Autry
  • Milisuthando Bongela
  • Ericka Blount Danois
  • Dionne Edwards
  • Dina Hashem
  • Suzanne Kite
  • Lauren Lee McCarthy
  • Laura Moss
  • Elissa Blount Moorhead
  • Jenny Shi
  • Iliana Sosa

“Film has the power to shape culture, politics and social norms,” said Adobe Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Ann Lewnes.

“But that can’t happen without a diverse set of voices. To help surface some of the best female filmmakers, Adobe created the women’s Fellowship with Sundance. A program that will empower women across diverse disciplines of filmmaking. I’m incredibly proud of the role Adobe is playing to advance the role of women in film. Kathryn Bigelow remains the only woman to ever win an Academy Award in the director category and, sadly, it won’t happen at the 2020 Oscars either. That needs to change and it won’t unless we help female filmmakers tell their stories.”

The Sundance Institute offers a number of grants, fellowships and labs with various deadlines throughout the year. What are you waiting for?

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