Join Feature Film Program Deputy Director Ilyse McKimmie and Sundance Lab alum Christopher Makoto Yogi (I WAS A SIMPLE MAN) for an informational session about applying for Development Track programs and fellowships, as well as Yogi's personal experience attending the Screenwriters and Directors Labs and eventually premiering I WAS A SIMPLE MAN at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. The conversation will be followed by a live Q&A session to answer your questions surrounding the application process for this year's development track. If you're planning to apply, bring your questions about what we look for in an application, the right time to apply, the specifics of our programs, and more. For a complete description and eligibility information for the 2022 Development Track, please visit our website.


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Christopher Makoto Yogi is from Honolulu, Hawai'i. His debut feature film, August at Akiko’s, had its world premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam and was listed in Richard Brody's “The Best Movies of 2019” in the New Yorker. Yogi has participated in the Sundance Directors and Screenwriters Lab, Catalyst, IFP Film Week, Film Independent Fast Track, New York Film Festival Artist Academy, and Berlin International Film Festival Talents. His most recent feature, I Was a Simple Man, premiered in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. more...
Ilyse McKimmie is the Deputy Director for Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program. She oversees the Directors and Screenwriters Labs and the Screenwriters Intensive, provides year-round creative and strategic support to alumni filmmakers, and plays a key role in the Creative Producing Program, Episodic Program, and Interdisciplinary Program. Films developed at the Labs during her tenure include The 40-Year-Old Version, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Farewell, Sorry to Bother You, We the Animals, Beach Rats, Swiss Army Man, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Fruitvale Station, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Pariah, Sin Nombre, Red Road, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Paradise Now, and Maria Full of Grace, among many others. Before joining Sundance over 20 years ago, she held positions at ICM and Red Wagon Entertainment. more...

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