The program has a solid track record: out of 80 past Ignite scholars, 10 have seen their short film screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Sundance Institute announced on Friday this year’s Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows, a group of 10 emerging artists chosen from a global pool of more than 1,600 applicants. Fellows, aged 18 to 25, will receive one year of mentorship and support from Sundance and Adobe.
Their year kicks off next week with the Sundance Ignite x Adobe Filmmakers Lab, which runs July 26-30 on the Sundance Collab online platform. There, they will focus on advancing their projects and deepening their character development skills.
âThese artists are at the forefront of a rising generation of independent creators, at a time when the world is reinventing ways of telling stories and reaching audiences,â said Toby Brooks, Senior Program Director. âSuch daring work is the foundation for some very promising filmmakers, and I’m so excited to bring them up – and see what comes next. “
Fellows will also receive a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud and Sundance Collab membership and be matched with a mentor. This year’s mentors, all Sundance Film Festival alumni, are Andrew Ahn (“Spa Night”), Carlos Lopez Estrada (“Blindspotting”), Jacqueline Olive (“Always in Season”), Nico Opper (“Try Harder! “), And Hannah Pearl Utt (” Before You Know It “).
âAt Adobe, we believe in creativity for everyone. The world needs more diverse voices because we all benefit when more perspectives are shared, âsaid John Travis, vice president of brand marketing at Adobe. âEspecially for the next generation, it is essential that they see diverse creators like them. We are proud to partner with the Sundance Institute to create greater opportunities for emerging filmmakers. “
Eighty fellows have followed the program since its inception; 10 alumni saw their short films selected for screening at the Sundance Film Festival.
Below is the full list of Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows 2021, along with biographies courtesy of Sundance.
Juanita umana is an Atlanta-based Bogota, Colombia-based filmmaker. His films and documentaries explore the personal and subtle moments of family life with an emphasis on social commentary. When not directing or writing her own films, she enjoys working as a camera assistant.
Judge Jamal Jones is a filmmaker and actor from Omaha, Nebraska, a graduate of New York University and founder of Rainbow Farm Productions. As a Black Queer alchemist, they incorporate Black Feminist Queer theory into their art, alongside diasporic black spirituality. Their first film “How To Raise A Black Boy” won numerous awards and they are developing their first feature film, “Crossroads Blues”.
Dylan gee is a half-Chinese, half-white filmmaker. In 2019, she graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television Production. Through cinema, she is interested in making sense of the absurdities that surround us. Dylan currently works at Anonymous Content and previously worked at Angry Hero Entertainment. She is working on an upcoming short film and writing her first feature film. She is also obsessed with chess.
Nathalie Murao is a Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese Canadian) filmmaker from Vancouver. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from Simon Fraser University. His work aims to broaden the notion of Asian diasporic cinema by creating an âin-betweenâ of styles that embody the diaspora itself. Natalie’s films have screened at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest and more.
Diego Braga is a non-binary artist who began his studies with dance. They lock themselves in the office and dance frantically every day. Diego received a lot of love from their ancestors, one of them disguised himself as a witch and chased them around the house. Diego tries to listen to the Universe, striving for a fluid, magical and beautiful future.
Karina dandashi is a Brooklyn-based Syrian-American Muslim writer, director and actress. His films aim to explore the nuances of identity across family, religion and culture in SWANA and the Muslim communities of America. Karina is the 2021 Silver Sun Diverse Voices Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center. She is currently writing her first feature film.
Lindiwe Makgalemele is a South African filmmaker born in Botswana. She graduated from Harvard University and is currently completing an MA at Oxford University. His short film âThe Townâ has just started its festival. Lindiwe is interested in stories that celebrate the small, intimate and spectacular moments that make up the lives of people, especially those of black and African women.
Maliyamungu Muhande is a Congolese filmmaker and artist based in New York. His short film “Nine Days A Week”, a portrait of iconic street photographer Louis Mendes, was selected by the National Board 3of Review and screened at DOC NYC in 2020. Maliyamungu is currently creating an intimate and collaborative documentary with a group of students from Monticello, New York titled “Near Broadway”.
Marilyn Oliva is a recent independent filmmaker from Northwestern University whose work explores Latinidad by making experimental and documentary films. Hailing from the Bay Area, she is immersed in and inspired by the art and stories of her diverse indigenous-latinx culture. Marilyn currently resides in Chicago, helping nonprofits with their storytelling goals.
Dubheasa Lanipekun is a south London based screenwriter, director and producer who works in film and theater. She is the co-founder of failsafe, an artistic collective that focuses on the importance of accepting failure in the creative process and also aims to provide opportunities for other young aspiring creatives.