Oscar: Sundance Festival and Academy Nominations

Park City, Jan 23, 2007–A number of films that premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival were included in the list of Oscar nominations announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, including Oscar frontrunner “Little Miss Sunshine.”

It is refreshing that the Academy is recognizing both the quality of the storytelling and the talent of the actors in independent films that originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, said Geoffrey Gilmore, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. We are also pleased that three of the five documentary films An Inconvenient Truth, Iraq in Fragments and My Country My Country premiered at the Festival and/or were supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund.

The Sundance Institute connections are:

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Best Picture

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Abigail Breslin, Best Supporting Actress

HALF NELSON Ryan Gosling, Best Actor

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Michael Arndt, Best Original Screenplay

THE ILLUSIONIST Cinematography

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH Original Song by Melissa Ethridge

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH Documentary Feature

IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS Documentary Feature (also supported by Sundance Documentary Fund)

WEST BANK STORY Short Film Live Action

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE: DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

Nominated Films Funded by the Sundance Documentary Fund:

IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS (also in 2006 Sundance Film Festival) Documentary Feature

MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY Documentary Feature