LOS ANGELES, CA, June 22, 2023 — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the eight women selected for the 2023 Sundance Women to Watch x Adobe Fellowship. They were all chosen for their exceptional talent and commitment to furthering their creative practice.
All fellows receive support through a $6,250 cash grant; skill-building workshops; referrals to career development opportunities; a 12-month membership to Adobe Creative Cloud to create, share their stories, and further refine their craft; and a connection to the Sundance ELEVATE professional development initiative.
Created in 2020 under the name Women at Sundance Adobe Fellowship, the program was formed by the Institute and Adobe around a shared commitment to nurture, develop, and champion underrepresented voices at pivotal moments in their careers. Filmmakers are nominated from across Sundance artist programs, including the Documentary Film Program; the Episodic Program; the Equity, Impact, and Belonging Program; the Feature Film Program; the Indigenous Program; and Artist Accelerator. In addition to providing support for Women at Sundance, Adobe is a Presenting Sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival and Founding Supporter of Sundance Ignite (a yearlong artist development program for filmmakers ages 18–25). Adobe also supports Sundance Collab, the Institute’s global digital space for learning and community.
Recent highlights for previous Sundance Women to Watch x Adobe fellows include:
- Deirdre Backs produced and Miciana Hutcherson co-wrote the feature Fancy Dance, directed by Erica Tremblay, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at SXSW;
- Aisha Bhoori is currently adapting Huma Abedin’s The New York Times’ bestselling memoir, Both/And, into a limited series with Freida Pinto attached to star;
- Chris Gris directed three episodes of the recently premiered Max series Ugly;
- Laura Moss’ directorial debut, birth/rebirth, premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival after being developed at the 2020 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab with co-writer Brendan J. O’Brien;
- Dionne Edwards’ feature debut, Pretty Red Dress, opens theatrically this summer after premiering at the 2022 BFI London Film Festival;
- Iliana Sosa’s feature documentary, What We Leave Behind, had its world premiere at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival and was a 2022 Gotham Award nominee for Best Documentary;
- Milisuthando Bongela’s debut documentary feature, Milisuthando, premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.