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Warner Bros. Supports the Sundance Momentum Fellowship

Changing the Narrative  / Posted on February 8, 2019

As storytellers, we champion and celebrate new voices. We provide access to opportunities in our industry through our programs and partnerships. To further our commitment to diversity and inclusion, Warner Bros. is proud to support this year’s Sundance Momentum Fellowship by creating the Sundance Institute | Warner Bros. Feature Film Directors Track.

Made possible through the partnership of Sundance Institute, Warner Bros. Pictures and The Harnisch Foundation, the Fellowship is a robust, year-long program of deep, customized creative and professional support for emerging writers, directors, and producers from underrepresented communities working across the entertainment industry.

“The [Sundance] Momentum Fellowship offers critical support so that artists can fulfill their potential, create sustainable careers, and form a close-knit cohort that will develop into an invaluable alliance,” said Caroline Libresco, Director of Women at Sundance.

The Fellowship provides professional mentorship; coaching; an artist sustainability grant; travel grants to the Sundance Film Festival to participate in curated activities; and individually tailored year-round support. The Fellowship, formerly known as Women at Sundance Fellowship, has been expanded to a larger, more intersectional program that now includes artists identifying as women, non-binary and/or transgender, artists of color and artists with disabilities.

[We] hope that this intersectional approach will be a model for increasingly vital conversations about allyship across demographic silos in the artist and industry communities at large.
Karim Ahmad, Director of Outreach & Inclusion, Sundance Institute

As part of the Sundance Momentum Fellowship, Warner Bros. Pictures and Sundance Institute jointly developed the Sundance Institute | Warner Bros. Feature Film Directors Track. We are dedicated to nurturing and developing this new class of Fellows by providing access to Studio executives and workshops hosted on our Burbank lot.

The 2019 Sundance Momentum Fellows are Alexandria Bombach, Amber Fares, Josh Feldman, Yance Ford, Ro Haber, Megha Kadakia, Alysa Nahmias and Eva Vives. “[This] class of fellows bring[s] such an array of unique talents and experiences to the creative table, and we are beyond excited for this year of collaboration and development,” said Karim Ahmad, Director of Outreach & Inclusion. “We also hope that this intersectional approach will be a model for increasingly vital conversations about allyship across demographic silos in the artist and industry communities at large.”

Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. Continued partnerships with nonprofit organizations like Sundance Institute further our ongoing commitment to uplifting new and diverse voices in our industry.

Learn more about the 2019 Sundance Momentum Fellows,

2019 Sundance Momentum Fellows (from top left) Alexandria Bombach, Amber Fares, Ro Haber, Alysa Nahmias, Eva Vives, Josh Feldman, Yance L. Ford and Megha Kadakia.