Munich introduces U.S. indie newcomer prize

The 2010 Munich Film Festival runs June 25 – July 3.

COLOGNE, Germany -- The Munich Film Festival, long a promoter of U.S. indie film, has launched the American Indie Newcomer prize to honor new voices in U.S. independent cinema.

The €5,000 ($6,150) prize is sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Munich and will go to a first-time documentary or dramatic feature screening in Munich.

Contenders for the inaugural award include four dramatic features: David Robert Mitchell's "The Myth of the American Sleepover," Asiel Norton's Depression-set period feature "Redland," Matt McCormick's "Some Days Are Better Than Others" and Scott Teems' "That Evening Sun;" and three documentaries: "Life 2.0," from Jason Spingarn-Koff about online community Second Life, Tim Hetherington's "Restrepo," which follows U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and "Ride, Rise, Roar," a concert doc from David Hillman Curtis which covers several shows David Byrne and Brian Eno performed across the U.S. and Europe in 2008-2009.

A jury made up of Moritz Peter of DVD distributor Koch Media, TV journalist Frederik Kuhnt and actor/director RP Kahl will pick the winner.

The 2010 Munich Film Festival runs June 25 – July 3.