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Avid Supports Emerging Filmmakers at the Sundance Institute’s Annual Directors Lab


Avid recently provided editing and storage systems to help promising filmmakers refine their techniques during the Sundance Institute’s annual four-week Directors Lab in June. The lab relied on Avid Media Composer non-linear editing systems coupled with Avid ISIS 5500 shared storage.

“The Directors Lab encourages emerging screenwriters and directors to refine their skills in an atmosphere where innovation, creativity and discovery are encouraged,” said Michelle Satter, founding director, feature film program, Sundance Institute. “With Avid’s support, the Directors Lab Fellows have the opportunity to edit their scenes using industry-standard tools under the guidance of seasoned feature film editors.”

The Directors Lab is an immersive, hands-on process in which eight emerging independent filmmakers rehearse, shoot and edit scenes from their screenplays under the mentorship of creative advisors – accomplished directors, editors, cinematographers and actors. This year’s creative advisors include Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford, directors Kasi Lemmons and Catherine Hardwicke, actor Ed Harris, and editors Brian Kates, Pamela Martin and Lee Percy.

After the lab, the projects are provided with ongoing support, including creative advice, production and postproduction resources and financial support.

“Like Sundance Institute, Avid is dedicated to supporting the industry by helping to develop the next generation of creative talent,” said Jennifer Smith, senior vice president and CMO, Avid. “We are proud to help the filmmakers of tomorrow on their path to success, and to support an organization that has played such an important role in nurturing the industry’s leading directors.”

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