The Latine Fellowship will provide six emerging Latinx artists with a year-long, multi-disciplinary fellowship experience beginning in August.
Sundance Institute has launched a new programme, the Latine Fellowship and Collab Scholarship, created to have an impact on Latinx representation in independent media.
The programme provides fellowships and scholarships to 11 emerging Latinx artists and offers professional development opportunities, virtual gatherings to connect with like-minded artists and Creator+ memberships to Sundance Collab, Sundance Institute’s digital learning space for artists from around the world.
Speaking about the new programme, Carrie Lozano, Director of Documentary Film & Artist Programmes, said: “Latinx talent has always been present at the Sundance Institute but supporting these storytellers across disciplines in a single class of fellows or by providing them with a Sundance Collab scholarship is a way for us to deepen our ties to extraordinary artists telling valuable stories. More importantly, this new programme is a way for them to build on their craft, move forward with their current projects and build a community with other up-and-coming, diverse creators.”
Michelle Satter, Founding Senior Director of Artist Programmes, added: “Over the years, we’ve seen an incremental change in industry-wide representation for Latinx creatives. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the MacArthur Foundation and Board members Lyn Lear and Cindy Horn in our commitment to continuing and expanding the work that’s needed for more substantive change. It is our hope that by creating opportunities with these two programme strands, we can elevate Latinx representation with more visibility, access to resources and meaningful connection with each other, the industry and the larger Sundance ecosystem.”
The Sundance Institute Latine Fellowship will provide six emerging Latinx artists who have been previously supported by the institute with a year-long multi-disciplinary fellowship experience beginning in August 2022, offering bespoke creative and tactical support along with unrestricted non-recoupable grants of $10,000.
The second component of the programme is the Sundance Institute Latine Scholarship, designed for five early career Latinx artists with no prior engagement with Sundance Institute to receive a scholarship so they can attend a live online course on Sundance Collab. The scholarship recipients will get a Creator+ Sundance Collab membership for access to the master classes in the video library and to exclusive networking and community-building events on the platform.
The 2022 Latine Fellowship & Collab Scholarships were developed with leadership funding support from Lyn Lear and Cindy Horn, and additional support from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.
The fellows selected for the 2022 Sundance Institute Latine Fellowship are Ashley Alvarez (writer) and Michael León (co-writer and director) with Crabs in a Barrel (USA), Luna X. Moya (director/producer/editor/DP) with What the Pier Gave Us (USA), Marilyn Oliva (director/producer) with Chalate (USA), George Pérez (creator/writer) with Los Cubanos (USA), and Cat Rodríguez (divisor/performer) with Untitled Bikini Bodybuilding Project (USA).
The artists selected for the 2022 Sundance Institute Latine Collab Scholarship are Shireen Alihaji (writer/director) with Blue Veil (USA), Erin Nene-Lee Ramirez (writer/director) with Love, as an Illusion (USA), Fabiano Mixo (writer/director) with A Home of My Own (USA), Maggy Torres-Rodriguez (writer) with Cherries (USA), and Mathew Ramirez Warren (director/producer) with Weed Dreams (USA).