Emerging Artists from South Africa , Australia , Chile and India Selected for their Visionary Projects

PARK CITY, UT “” Sundance Institute and Mahindra today announced the winners of the 2012 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award, in recognition and support of emerging independent from around the world. The winning directors and projects are: Etienne Kallos, Vrystaat ( Free State ) from South Africa ; Ariel Kleiman, Partisan from Australia ; Dominga Sotomayor, Late To Die Young from Chile ; and Shonali Bose, Margarita. With A Straw from India.

The awards were presented at a private ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival by Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra Group; Rohit Khattar, Chairman, Mumbai Mantra, Michelle Satter, Director and Alesia Weston, Associate Director, Sundance Institute.

The Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award is part of a multifaceted collaboration that exemplifies a commitment to and support of world cinema by the Mahindra Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India known throughout the world for its dedication to excellence and to social responsibility, and the nonprofit Sundance Institute, one of the world’s leading cultural organizations.

“Our core purpose is to use all our resources to drive positive change in the lives of our stakeholders and communities across the world–to enable them to Rise,” said Vice Chairman & Managing Director of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra. “The Global Filmmaking Award fits perfectly with this intent. We are delighted to assist the Sundance Institute in its mission of finding new voices in independent filmmaking from around the world.”

“We are grateful to the Mahindra Group for building with us, this multifaceted program, which embraces our joint global commitment to nurturing new storytellers and getting their voices out to the widest possible ,” said Sundance Institute President and Founder Robert Redford. “It is particularly exciting to join with Anand Mahindra and his Group to expand this collaboration by bringing Sundance Institute’s renowned Screenwriters Lab program to India in March, to support one of the most extraordinary cultures on the globe,” he added.

Said Rohit Khattar, Chairman, Mumbai Mantra, “We are at an exciting stage in the history of Independent Cinema in India . With the help of our partners, Sundance Institute, we are keen to recognize, nurture and hone extraordinary talent in India and across the world. We congratulate the 4 incredible filmmakers who have won the awards this year and look forward to their next films with great anticipation.”

Alesia Weston, Associate Director, Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, International said “We’re thrilled to be working with Mahindra to embrace and support the next scripts of such an exciting group of emerging filmmakers who are telling stories that will resonate for audiences worldwide. The Award and year-round support from the Feature Film Program will go a long way to help these artists find the creative and business resources to get their films made with quality and singular vision.”

The partnership, which also includes the establishment of the Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India , extends over a three-year period. The Lab will provide an annual opportunity for eight screenwriters from India to develop their works under the guidance of accomplished international screenwriters in an environment that encourages storytelling at the highest level. The first Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriting lab shall take place in March 2012 in India .

Each of the four winning filmmakers will receive a cash award of $10,000, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival for targeted industry and creative meetings, year-round mentoring from Institute staff and creative advisors, participation in a Feature Film Program Lab, and ongoing creative and strategic support. This marks the first year that one of the four award recipients is an Indian director ““ a commitment to fulfill the vision of Mahindra and of Sundance Institute to champion a new generation of

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