Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival the winners of the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. Marking the 10th anniversary of the Award, this year’s winners represent the best in independent voices from around the globe. This annual award supports new artists in international cinema and is presented to emerging film directors from four global regions to support them in realizing their next project. One winner from Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan is selected by members of an International Jury. The four winners are presented with the award at the Festival Awards Ceremony.

The winning directors from each region will receive a $10,000 director’s award and a guarantee from NHK to purchase the Japanese television broadcast rights upon completion of their project. NHK is Japan’s largest broadcaster with five 24-hour TV and three radio channels. In addition, Sundance Institute will work closely with the award recipients throughout the year, providing ongoing support and assistance in seeking out opportunities to finance and distribute their projects.

The winning filmmakers and projects are: Patrice Toye, THE SPRING RITUAL from Europe; Fernando Eimbcke, LAKE TAHOE from Latin America; Cruz Angeles, DON’T LET ME DROWN from the United States; and Kanji Nakajima, THE CLONE RETURNS TO THE HOMELAND from Japan.

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