Sundance Institute, has yet welcomed 90 different Indigenous tribes and featured more than 110 Indigenous Filmmakers. Sundance Institute program promotes Indigenous storytellers, culture, traditions and ads to its creativity. All selected Indigenous short film will be featured in the Special events segment. The Sundance Festival provides a constant support to Native American artists through Robert Redford’s mandate since its founding in 1981.
Be a part of Sundance Movie Festival in their Special Events section as they celebrate the Indigenous Program alumni who were invited at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences this year. It’s time to cherish the National Native American Heritage Month together.
To celebrate the month and accomplishments of four Indigenous storytellers, the program will sustain to provide a platform for Indigenous films and filmmakers all over the U.S theatres.
A program of shorts from the Native Filmmakers Lab incorporated with American Film Institute (AFI) on November 23rd (Saturday) in Los Angeles from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The session included a screening and is expected to end with an Erin Lau’s Q&A forum.
Indigenous Program director announced a special collaboration with Art House Convergence, North America launching 6 Indigenous short films from Sundance Film Festival to the U.S theatres. The collaboration aims to bring these projects to 26 AHC theaters in the U.S. (from Maine to Hawai’i), as per September reports.
Indigenous Program News
The program has received remarkable appreciation over the years with clear evident results.
To celebrate the achievements three Indigenous Program alumni were invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The prestigious names include Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene), Heather Rae (the first Indigenous director of the Indigenous Program), and Taika Waititi (Te Whānau-ā Apanui).
This recognition further continued in 2017, now with the invites including Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit), Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iñupiaq) and Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki).
While, Warwick Thornton (Kaytej Nation), Rachel Perkins (Arrernte/Kalkadoon Nations), and Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis) were included for the 2018 Academy invites. The program was a collaboration with Sundance Institute.
2019 Academy Invitees
Diane Obomsawin (Abenaki) — Academy
Category: Short Films and Feature Animation, I Like Girls
Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache) — Academy
Ivan Sen (Gamilaroi Nation) — Academy
Category: Director, Beneath Clouds, Toomeleh, Mystery Road