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'08 Festival Categories And New Events

Festival films screen in nine sections: Documentary Competition, Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Spectrum, New Frontier, Park City at Midnight, and from the Sundance Collection. Feature films selected for the Premieres, Spectrum, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier categories will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, November 29. The Short Film program will be announced on Wednesday, December 5. Films screening in The Sundance Collection will be announced on Wednesday, December 12.

Screenwriters, cinematographers, and editors in the international competition categories are now eligible for the same juried awards as those in the U.S. Dramatic and Documentary Competition.

Films selected to screen in competition are eligible for Grand Jury Prizes, Cinematography Awards and Directing Awards. Other jury awards include the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award presented to the screenwriter of a film in Dramatic and World Cinema: Dramatic Competitions, and the Documentary Editing Award, which is presented to the editor of a film in Documentary and World Cinema: Documentary Competitions.

The Alfred P. Sloan Prize is presented to an outstanding dramatic feature film for the quality of its presentation of science or technology themes.

What’s New for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival:

Spectrum: Documentary Spotlight – This year a sidebar within the Spectrum category presents seven documentary films as a way of continuing the Festival’s long-standing commitment to nonfiction storytelling.

New Awards for World Cinema Competition – In an effort to draw attention to international screenwriters, cinematographers, and editors, this year the Festival expands the number of awards given to films screening in the World Cinema Competitions. In addition to the World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary and World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic, the international films in competition are now eligible for awards in directing, editing, screenwriting, and cinematography.

2008 Sundance Film Festival Sponsors
The 2008 Sundance Film Festival sponsors help sustain Sundance Institute’s year-round programs to support independent artists, inspire risk-taking, and encourage diversity in the arts. This year’s Festival Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors – Entertainment Weekly, Volkswagen of America, Inc., HP, and Adobe Systems Incorporated; Leadership Sponsors – American Express, Delta Air Lines, DIRECTV, and Microsoft Corporation; Sustaining Sponsors – 360 Vodka, Blockbuster Inc., L’Oreal Paris, The New York Times, Ray-Ban, Sony Electronics, Inc., Stella Artois<sup>®</sup>, Turning Leaf Vineyards, Utah Film Commission, and ZonePerfect<sup>®</sup> Nutrition Bars.

Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film. Held each January in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah, the Festival is a core program of Sundance Institute, a nonprofit cultural organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981.

Presenting dramatic and documentary feature-length films in nine distinct categories and approximately 80 short films each year, the Sundance Film Festival has introduced American audiences to some of the most innovative films of the past two decades. Since 1984 the Festival program has evolved to include music, art, and dialogue. Beyond the streets of Park City, the official website of the Sundance Film Festival, http://www.sundance.org/festival [www.sundance.org] shares the Festival experience with a global audience with short films, filmmaker interviews, video episodes, podcasts, photos, news stories, and more.

Sundance Institute
Dedicated year round to the development of artists of independent vision and to the exhibition of their new work, Sundance Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, the Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for thousands of independent artists through its Film Festival and artistic development programs for filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, playwrights, and theatre artists. The original values of independence, creative risk-taking, and discovery continue to define and guide the work of Sundance Institute, both with U.S. artists and, increasingly, with artists from other regions of the world.

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