Supporting Emerging Native Filmmakers with the Sundance Institute

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) extends its congratulations to emerging filmmaker Shaandiin Tome (Diné), who recently completed her year as a 2017 Sundance Institute (SI) | Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Fellow. As a SI | NACF Fellow, under the umbrella of the SI Native American and Indigenous Film Program, Shaandiin lived in Los Angeles, working on several productions and learning deeply about independent film with the Sundance Institute team. The Fellowship provided:

  • Crucial training in communication between directors and producers
  • Screenplay development
  • Strategic planning for pre-production, production, and post-production

Additionally, Shandiin took part in the Native Filmmakers Lab May 14-19, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Lab focused on the development and pre-production preparation of her short film Mud (Hastl’ishnii). We are delighted to share that Mud was one of eight Native-made films screened at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Shandiin Tome currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, aiming to bring resonating imagery in convergence with story while illustrating her perspective as a Diné woman. We are grateful to the Sundance Institute for its resources, talent, and decades-long commitment to supporting Native American artists.

Learn more about Shandiin Tome.
Learn more about the Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Film Program.
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