Through support from the Ford Foundation, the Native American and Indigenous Initiative operates the Sundance Institute/Ford Foundation Film Fellowship which supports emerging next generation Native and Indigenous filmmakers whose work is defining the next wave of Native Cinema. Each year the Initiative selects four recipients with a project in development who attend Sundance Film Festival to participate in one-on-one meetings with established filmmakers and industry leaders.
Sherwin Bitsui (Diné)
THE WHISPERING - A young man and his family encounter an old woman sitting on the side of the road as they travel home during a snow storm.
Sonya Oberly (Nez Perce/Osage/Comanche)
TRIBAL COURT - Sabine Miller, a young professional questions her career path and choice.
Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca/Red Lake Chippewa)
IN A VACUUM - A downtrodden vacuum cleaner salesman, who scams casino reservations, meets an enigmatic customer that changes his outlook.
Beau Bassett (Native Hawaiian)
Emerging Producer Fellow