Four winners of the second annual Horizon Award were announced today ahead of the kickoff of the Sundance Film Festival. The award seeks to identify and mentor talented, up-and-coming female directors early in their development. Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor and Christine Vachon are co-founders, and the winners will also receive grants from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation which supports artistic achievements of female filmmakers.
Here are the winners:
Juliette Gosselin (University of Quebec in Montreal) & Florence Pelletier (Concordia University, M
treal) – Mes Anges à Tête Noir
Macarena (Macqui) Gaona (New York University) – Channel 999 And Channel 1000
Shanice Malakai Johnson (Scottsdale Community College) – End to the Suffering
The jury was comprised of 38 directors, producers, and executives who viewed 483 short film submissions from colleges and universities worldwide. A ceremony and reception to honor the winners is set for 6:30 PM Sunday at the WireImage Portrait Studio at Village at the Lift.
SpectreVision, the genre production company founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, has pacted with Ubisoft to create, develop and produce original and interactive virtual reality content. The SpectreVision team will work in conjunction with Ubisoft’s FunHouse Studio in Montreal.
“We’re thrilled to be working with the team at SpectreVision on an interactive VR experience,” said Patrick Plourde, Vice President at Ubisoft Montreal. “Their expertise in the horror film genre is exciting for us as a developer of interactive entertainment and we’re looking forward to a collaboration that will ultimately offer fans an unforgettable virtual reality experience.”
Added Wood: “As a longtime gamer, I’m first and foremost a fan and admirer of Ubisoft. So to be collaborating with them within the realm of VR is an incredible treat.”