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Sundance Taps Paul Federbush as International Director of Feature Film Program

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Paul Federbush

The veteran indie exec brings "Slumdog Millionaire" experience to bear on expanding Sundance's international program.

The sometimes downright prescient Paul Federbush, former partner in Red Flag Releasing and svp of production and acquisitions at Warner Independent Pictures, will start Sept. 24 as international director of the Sundance Institute's year-round feature film program.

Reporting to FFP founding director Michelle Satter, he will oversee international Sundance film development labs with partners in the Middle East and India, provide mentorship, granting, and creative support, discover new talent and projects, and support international artists at the Sundance Labs in Utah.

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He is expected to expand Sundance's international initiative.

Since 2010, Federbush (with Red Flag partner Laura Kim) has distributed films like 8: The Mormon Proposition and We Were Here. At WIP, he oversaw the acquisition, production, and development of Slumdog Millionaire, of which he was an important early advocate, and Paradise Now.

Sundance Institute's FFP has supported a procession of indie films from Reservoir Dogs to such 2012 awards contenders as Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar’s Beasts of the Southern Wild and Ziad Douieri’s The Attack