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4 filmmakers win Sundance/NHK award

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PARK CITY ? Four filmmakers will receive $10,000 each and Japanese television broadcast rights for their next project in this year's Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Awards, it was announced Thursday.

The winning filmmakers are Lucia Cedron ("Agnus Dei") from Latin America, Caran Hartsfield ("Bury Me Standing") from the US, Tomoko Kana ("Two by the River") from Japan and Dagur Kari, ("The Good Heart") from Europe.

Sundance Institute staffers will assist each winner in obtaining financing and distribution for their upcoming projects. Their next features will be shown on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), which has five 24-hour TV and three radio channels in Japan.

Each winner was chosen from 12 finalists based on their current projects.

The jury included Brad Silberling, Bent Hamer, Pawel Pawlikowski, Rafael Yglesias and other filmmakers.

The awards were founded in 1996 to "support visionary film directors" from four global regions: Europe, Latin America, the US and Japan. Past recipients include Miranda July, Andrucha Waddington, Walter Salles and Chris Eyre.

The four winners will receive the award at the annual Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday.