The eight recipients working in narrative, episodic, and documentary will receive support throughout the year, from funding to mentorship.
Sundance Institute has announced details about the incoming group of Women at Sundance|Adobe Fellows.
The eight recipients of the fellowship work across disciplines including fiction, documentary, and episodic.
All eight fellows will receive bespoke support throughout the year: mentorship from the Sundance Institute and Adobe executives, two skill-building workshops, referrals to career development opportunities, coaching, a $6,250 cash grant, introductions to industry contacts and advisors, a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, and a one-year membership to Sundance Collab. Each of the fellows has already participated in a Sundance Institute Lab or programme relevant to their career path.
Speaking about the selected fellows, Adella Ladjevardi, Associate Director for Women at Sundance, said: “Any artist can speak to how practical support paired with a nurturing community makes all the difference–this is especially true for women filmmakers, who are notoriously underrepresented in the industry. Providing multi-faceted assistance to our fellows as they develop their creative practices is our goal. Our collaboration with Adobe has had a profound impact on the careers of so many talented storytellers in the past–we’re very excited to see how the new group advances with this customized and robust support.”
Created in 2020, this fellowship was formed by the Institute and Adobe around a shared commitment to nurturing, developing, and championing underrepresented voices. Filmmakers are nominated from across Sundance Artist Programmes including the Documentary Film Programme, the Episodic Programme, the Feature Film Programme, the Indigenous Programme, and Women at Sundance. Recent highlights for the 2021 Women at Sundance Adobe Fellows include: Meryam Joobeur just wrapped production on her debut fiction feature Motherhood, Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s short film Video Visit premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival, McKenzie Chinn is directing a short film based on her scripted feature A Real One, and Cris Gris is directing multiple TV shows for various streamers and is preparing to direct her feature, Forward.
In addition to the support for Women at Sundance, Adobe is a supporter of the Sundance Institute, as a presenting sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival and a founding supporter of Sundance Ignite (a year-long artist development program for filmmakers ages 18-25). Adobe also supports Sundance Collab, our global digital space for learning and community.
The fellows selected for the 2022 Adobe Women’s Fellowship are Elizabeth Ai, Deidre Backs, Aisha Bhoori, Zandashé Brown, Joie Estrella Horwitz, Miciana Hutcherson, Meghan Ross, and Jin Yoo-Kim.