Gilmore feels the Impact

Nielsen fetes Sundance fest director

A collection of top players in the indie film world gathered Saturday to pay homage to Sundance Film Festival director Geoffrey Gilmore.

Gilmore received the inaugural Nielsen Impact Award from The Hollywood Reporter's parent company for his contributions to independent film during his 19-year tenure with the fest. Eric Mika, senior vp and publishing director at The Hollywood Reporter, presented him with the honor.

"I don't think the independent film world is marginal anymore," Gilmore said at the event, held at Cafe Terigo on Main Street. "It's now viewed as not only a central aspect to American film culture but sometimes the central aspect. In many ways, people look back to us and say that's where it had its foundation."

Among the film industry pros out to fete Gilmore were Overture Films' Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos, producers Jonathan Dana, Lynette Howell, Michael London and Morris Ruskin, WMA's Cassian Elwes, Endeavor's Graham Taylor and ICM's Hal Sadoff, Bic Tran and Peter Trinh.

"The Guitar" star Saffron Burrows and director Amy Redford were in the audience, along with top New York power players Michelle Byrd and Katherine Oliver; Nielsen Business Media senior adviser Gerry Byrne; John Kilcullen, The Reporter publisher and senior vp; and The Reporter vp, associate publisher, sales and marketing Rose Einstein.

"When The Hollywood Reporter editors got together and we thought what individual has the greatest impact on independent filmmakers globally," Mika said, "there was no doubt it was Geoffrey."

The Nielsen Impact Award is one of two honors that The Hollywood Reporter is bestowing at this year's Sundance fest.

Sunday night at the Snow Park Lodge, Picturehouse president Bob Berney was feted at a party sponsored by The Reporter and Fuji Film as he was presented with the annual Indie Mogul Award.
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