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25th January, 2012

 

Veteran Hollywood actor-producer Robert Redford thanked Mahindra for its joint global commitment in nurturing new storytellers. "It is particularly exciting to join with Anand Mahindra and his group to expand this collaboration by bringing Sundance Institute's renowned Screenwriters Lab programme to India in March, to support one of the most extraordinary cultures on the globe," Redford said. The selection committee for the Indian project included eminent personalities like Shabana Azmi, Shyam Benegal, Ira Bhaskar, Anupama Chopra, Gautam Ghose, K Hariharan, Shekhar Kapur, Anjum Rajbali and Ramesh Sippy. The Sundance Institute-Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award is part of a multifaceted collaboration that exemplifies a commitment to and support of world cinema by the Mahindra Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India, and the nonprofit Sundance Institute, one of the world's leading cultural organisations. The partnership, which also includes the establishment of the Mumbai Mantra-Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India, extends over a three-year period. The lab will provide an annual opportunity for eight Indian screenwriters to develop their works under the guidance of an accomplished international screenwriters and directors in an environment that encourages storytelling at the highest level. The first Mumbai Mantra-Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab will be launched in March 2012 in India.