NFMLA Panel: Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program

September 25, 2020 07:00pm PDT - 08:30pm PDT

Join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for a conversation about the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program with Deputy Director Ilyse McKimmie.

The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program has supported and championed many of the leading independent filmmakers of the past nearly 40 years whose distinctive, singular films have engaged audiences worldwide. The program embraces the unique vision of each filmmaker, encouraging a rigorous creative process with a focus on original and deeply resonant storytelling. The Institute’s guiding values of risk taking, community, and freedom of expression have broadened the program to include American and international artists in a more meaningful and vibrant dialogue across cultural, political, and geographic boundaries.

Over the years, the Feature Film Program has evolved to provide in-depth and year-round support to a next generation of filmmakers from development through distribution and has become a global model for supporting artists around the world.

We will focus this conversation around opportunities in the Development Track Programs and Fellowships.

  • Moderator: TBA
  • Panelist: Ilyse McKimmie | Deputy Director at Sundance Institute Feature Film Program

Ilyse McKimmie is the Deputy Director for Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. She oversees the Directors and Screenwriters Labs and the Screenwriters Intensive, provides year-round creative and strategic support to alumni filmmakers, and plays a key role in the Creative Producing Program and Episodic Labs. Films developed at the Labs during her tenure include The 40-Year-Old Version, Miss Juneteenth, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Farewell, Sorry to Bother You, We the Animals, Beach Rats, Swiss Army Man, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Fruitvale Station, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Pariah, Sin Nombre, Red Road, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Paradise Now, and Maria Full of Grace, among many others. Before joining Sundance over 20 years ago, she held positions at ICM and Red Wagon Entertainment. She is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT).

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