Australian film-making duo bound for Sundance Institute lab

Two Australian film-makers have been selected to travel to Utah to take part in a Sundance Film Festival-related workshop.

Ariel Kleiman, co-writer and director, and Sarah Cyngler, co-writer of film Partisan will take part in the annual Sundance Institute’s Directors and Screenwriters Labs.

Partisan is the story of an 11 year-old boy Alexander, who is raised to see the world through his parent’s eyes, begins to think for himself.

The program will call on accomplished advisors, professional actors and production crews to shoot and edit scenes from Partisan’s screenplay to help Kleiman and Cyngler refine their ideas.

The workshop, which runs for a month from May 28 to June 28, will also include emerging film-makers from the US, Italy, Romania, France, Algeria, Chile and the UK.

Kleiman’s short film Young Love was screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it took an honourable mention in short film-making.

His follow-up Deeper Than Yesterday had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival in the Critics Week where it won the Kodak Discovery Award for best short film and the Petit Rail Door. The film was also awarded the Jury Prize for in international film-making at 2011’s Sundance Film Festival.

Kleiman also won the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award in the film-making category, won best director of a Short film at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival and the Rising Talent Award at the 2010 IF Awards.



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