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2023 Sundance Institute Momentum Fellows Announced

Fellowship Enters Fifth Year of Supporting Filmmakers from Underrepresented Communities As They Focus on a Sustainable and Creative Path Forward

Los Angeles, CA – Today the nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the eight participants selected for the fifth annual Momentum Fellowship, a program designed to support and provide coaching to mid-career artists with a focus on career development during a pivotal moment in their creative practice. Created to support storytellers from historically marginalized communities who have recently achieved a noteworthy accomplishment, such as a highly regarded feature film or series, Momentum provides fellows with a full-year program of deep, customized support around the goals they have identified for themselves to level up in their craft and career. The Momentum Fellowship is a program of Women at Sundance, with support from Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

The Momentum Fellowship includes an unrestricted artist grant; professional coaching offered by Renee Freedman & Company, supported by The Harnisch Foundation; connection to ELEVATE, Sundance’s professional development initiative; and bespoke year-round support from Sundance Institute staff. Additionally, as part of an ongoing partnership with Universal’s Global Talent Development & Inclusion team (GTDI), the Studio will provide additional support for up to four (4) Momentum fellows working on fiction projects. GTDI is providing select participants access to the Studio’s creative executives and producers to build career momentum and exposure to potential directing opportunities across the Company’s portfolio.”Over the years, the fellows selected for Momentum have all experienced success with their recently completed projects. This has often been a critical moment for artists  to receive creative and tactical support as they focus on a meaningful path forward,” said Michelle Satter, Founding Senior Director, Artist Programs. “This is where Momentum is both aptly named and unique in the industry — the fellowship is customized to the needs of individual filmmakers as they move forward with their next steps, making choices that will ensure they can sustain a career that gives them exciting and timely creative opportunities.”

The Momentum Fellowship was launched in 2018 as a highly successful model for sustaining and leveling up artists in their careers that merited expansion for impact across a broader cohort of underrepresented communities. Those eligible for this intersectional program include artists identifying as women, nonbinary, and/or transgender; Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color; and artists with disabilities. Previous Momentum fellows have included Yance Ford, Andrew Ahn, Jamila Wignot, Minhal Baig, Cristina Costantini, Edson Oda, Linda Yvette Chávez, Ekwa Msangi, Christina Choe, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, and Billy Luther. 

The 2023 Momentum Fellows are:


Women at Sundance is made possible by leadership support from The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, The Harnisch Foundation, NBCUniversal, and Adobe. Additional support is provided by Kimberly Steward, Susan Bay Nimoy, Ann Lovell, Paul and Katy Drake Bettner, Barbara Bridges, Abigail Disney and Pierre Hauser—Like a River Fund, Eagle and the Hawk Foundation, Roger Ehrenberg and Carin Levine-Ehrenberg, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Latinx House, Zions Bank, Meryl Metni and Ubiquitous Entertainment Group, Pat Mitchell and Scott Seydel, and two anonymous donors.

The Sundance Institute Equity, Impact and Belonging program is made possible by support from Emerson Collective, The Walt Disney Company, The Harnisch Foundation, NBCUniversal, Zions Bank, Arison Arts Foundation, SAGindie, United Airlines, Critical Minded, Endeavor, Netflix, 3M, Rotten Tomatoes, Easterseals Disability Services, Philip Fung—A3 Foundation, and Open Society Foundations.

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As a champion and curator of independent stories, the Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists across storytelling media to create and thrive. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. Sundance Collab, a digital community platform, brings a global cohort of working artists together to learn from each other and Sundance Advisors and connect in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported and showcased such projects as Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), CODA, Flee, Passing, Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On the Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, City So Real, Top of the Lake, Between the World & Me, Wild Goose Dreams, and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook,Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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