The Sundance Institute, in association with Japanese media company NHK, will offer a new cash prize for filmmakers from around the world with projects in the script stage at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Called the Sundance/NHK Intl. Filmmakers Award, the competition will be organized by the Sundance Institute and sponsored by NHK Enterprises 21, along with Seiyu Ltd., a Japanese corporation that also sponsors the annual Sundance film fest in Tokyo.
The prize, to be awarded to four filmmakers representing Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Japan, guarantees an NHK purchase of broadcast rights for Japan (amounting to about $100,000) on top of a $10,000 grant. The in-stitute will choose scripts from among submissions to its international filmmakers lab programs. The final selec-tion will be made by an international jury of filmmakers.Sundance Institute exec director Ken Brecher said founder Robert Redford is “very excited” about the addition of the award. “He believes that film is one of the best ways to transcend political borders and culture differences,” Brecher said.