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Winners Of The 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award Announced

This year?s winners represent the best in independent voices from around the globe By Gregg Schwenk

Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) announced at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival the winners of the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. Marking the 10th anniversary of the Award, this years winners represent the best in independent voices from around the globe. This annual award supports new artists in international cinema and is presented to emerging film directors from four global regions to support them in realizing their next project. One winner from Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan is selected by members of an International Jury. The four winners are presented with the award at the Festival Awards Ceremony.

The winning directors from each region will receive a $10,000 directors award and a guarantee from NHK to purchase the Japanese television broadcast rights upon completion of their project. NHK is Japans largest broadcaster with five 24-hour TV and three radio channels. In addition, Sundance Institute will work closely with the award recipients throughout the year, providing ongoing support and assistance in seeking out opportunities to finance and distribute their projects.

The winning filmmakers and projects are: Patrice Toye, THE SPRING RITUAL from Europe; Fernando Eimbcke, LAKE TAHOE from Latin America; Cruz Angeles, DONT LET ME DROWN from the United States; and Kanji Nakajima, THE CLONE RETURNS TO THE HOMELAND from Japan.

?These awards are one of the ways Sundance Institute supports distinctive new work thorough the Feature Film Program, said Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute. ?In the 10th anniversary of the award, were pleased to recognize the inspired storytelling of a talented group of filmmakers representing the best in independent voices from around the globe.

?We are grateful to NHK for their continuing commitment to emerging international Filmmakers, said Michelle Satter, Director, Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. ?Their dedication to providing financial resources to filmmakers at the incipient stages of their projects is crucial to completing the films.

Past recipients of the award include: Miranda July, ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (USA); Andrucha Waddington, THE HOUSE OF SAND (Brazil); Lucrecia Martel, LA CIENAGA (Argentina); Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll, WHISKY (Uruguay); Walter Salles, CENTRAL STATION (Brazil); and Chris Eyres, SMOKE SIGNALS (USA). Sundance/NHK films in post-production include György Pálfi, TAXIDERMIA (Hungary) and Catalin Mitulescu, THE WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD (Romania).

?Now in its tenth year, the Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award has supported over 37 filmmakers at the very beginning of their careers, and it is extremely gratifying to see new talent emerge each year, said Ueda Makoto of NHK. ?Thanks to our alliance with Sundance Institute, NHK will continue to introduce these new voices to Japanese audiences as well.

Jurors for the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award include Wim Wenders, Hector Babenco, Anthony Drazan, Marcos Bernstein, Fiona Mitchell, Joan Tewksberry, Toshio Endo, Yoshio Kakeo, and Shunichi Nagasaki.

The Winners of the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award are:
Patrice Toye / THE SPRING RITUAL (Belgium)?THE SPRING RITUAL, written by Bjorn Olaf Johanneseen, is Patrice Toyes second feature film and tells the story of Tomas, who after staging his death and escaping to a new life, realizes the extent of his loss. He returns home, hoping to reunite with his wife, but finds that the life he left behind has irrevocably changed.

Patrice studied film at St. Lukas in Bruselles. She produced and directed news reports and documentaries for numerous Belgian broadcasters. After screening at Toronto, Berlin, and Montreal, Patrice Toyes feature film debut, ROSIE was released internationally, where it was met with critical acclaim.

Fernando Eimbcke / LAKE TAHOE (Mexico)?Thirteen-year-old Juan is obsessed with repairing the car he has just crashed, his late fathers final gift to him. As he wanders the city searching for parts, Juan is forced to make the transition from childhood to adulthood in the course of a day.

After directing numerous music videos, Fernando Eimbcke wrote and directed his first Feature Film TEMPORADA DE PATOS (DUCK SEASON), which won the FIPRESCI Award, participated at the 43rd Semaine International de la Critique at Cannes (2004), is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award (Best Foreign Film) and is slated for 2006 US release by Warner Independent.

Cruz Angeles / DONT LET ME DROWN?Co-written by Maria Topete, DONT LET ME DOWN portrays a post-September 11th world overflowing with fear and hate, where two Latino teens discover that the only thing that can keep them from drowning is each other.

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