Students and alumni from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts made another strong showing among the films selected in every category of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Selections were announced last week and the festival will run January 16 through January 26, 2014.
Among the 56 feature-length films in competition in particular, Tisch alumni and students are attached to 23 films, or 41%. Tisch alumni were particularly dominant in the US Dramatic film category, with 13 out of a total of 16 films featuring former Tisch students in the film, drama and cinema studies programs. Alumni were also involved in six out of the 16 films in the US Documentary category, as well as two each of the 12 films in both the World Dramatic and World Documentary categories.
In addition to the four Competition Categories, the Festival presents films in ten out-of-competition sections for a total of 195 films. Sixty-five of the films have the participation of NYU alumni and students for a total of 193 individuals in such categories as director, producer, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, actor, animator, production assistant, among others. In all, there are 10 feature length and short films directed or written by Tisch alumni or students in the festival.
“This year’s Sundance selections show what a thriving cinematic, performance and producing community NYU Tisch is creating on every level and in every facet of the business, encompassing established masters like Jim Jarmusch, as well as newly minted alums like short film director Efren Hernandez, who just graduated our BFA program at the Kanbar Institute for Film & Television this year,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D, Dean of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. “It’s also clear from these selections that we’re not just training excellent filmmakers and actors, we’re also seeing alumni from many of our other programs, including design, cinema studies and ITP.”
The annual Tisch @ Sundance reception in Park City will be hosted on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Alumni and friends are welcome to attend but should make a reservation in advance at https://tisch2014sundance.eventbrite.com. For a full list of of “Tisch-touched” films at Sundance, and the students and alumni involved in them, click here.