Sundance Institute and Mahindra have chosen Hong Khaou’s “Monsoon” (Vietnam/U.K.), Tobias Lindholm’s “A War” (Denmark), Ashlee Page’s “Archive” (Australia) and Neeraj Ghaywan’s “Fly Away Solo” (India) as the winners of the fourth annual Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.
The annual awards, which were presented at Sundance on Tuesday, spotlight emerging independent international filmmakers.
The partnership also includes the establishment of India’s Mumbai Mantra/Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab. The Lab, which will announce the selection for its third session in March, teams eight Indian screenwriters with seasoned screenwriters to help develop their blossoming projects.
“Sundance Institute shares with Mahindra Group a joint global commitment to nurturing new artists,” Robert Redford, Sundance’s president and founder, said in a statement. “India is one of the most extraordinary cultures in the world, with the support of Anand Mahindra and his group, Sundance Institute screenwriters’ lab can support the next generation of their storytellers.”
Each of the four winners will receive $10,000. They will be able to attend industry meetings at Sundance, be given yearround mentoring from institute staff and advisers, and are eligible for the Screenwriters Lab.
During a visit to Vietnam, two young men are confronted with the ramifications of a war that ended 40 years ago in “Monsoon.” Khaou’s debut feature “Lilting” (pictured), starring Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei, premiered at Sundance’s World Cinema Competition last week.
In another war film, “A War,” the major of a Danish unit in Afghanistan is confronted with their most dangerous mission. “Archive” follows a 16-year-old girl who grows plant life on Saturn’s moon in order to restore Earth’s ecosystem, while four lives intersect along the Ganges River in “Fly Away Solo.”