Asian American submissions to Sundance increase 5X in 2013
We created the A3 Foundation in early 2013 because we wanted to support more diverse voices in media and better help foster and grow the community. We decided to partner with the Sundance Institute because we felt they were aligned with our goals to support more artists that told unique stories, and were excited to recently welcome Ryan Koo as the first A3-Sundance fellow.
Today, we’re excited to announce some remarkable statistics about the Sundance submissions in 2013 for Asian Americans.
In the six months between the June and January Screenwriters/Directors Lab application period, and coinciding with the launch the A3-Sundance Fellowship, submissions from Asian Americans increased by 5X, from 41 to 213 projects.
Anne Lai, the Creative Producing Initiatives Director from The Sundance Institute says:
“We think the jump in numbers is due to a number of factors including the initial outreach in the spring, the longer period of outreach throughout summer and early fall, and more recognition of the A3 Fellowship's existence within various communities. We're thrilled to see the dramatic increase in submission numbers of A3 eligible projects and find so many promising storytellers in the Asian American arena.”
As we close out 2013 and welcome in 2014, we see what a difference one year can make. In one year, with help of our partners, advisors, and other programs like us, we’ve been able to raise awareness of opportunities that already exist and help create new ones.
We’re thrilled to see so many more Asian American stories being told. We hope these numbers will be exponential in 2014 and beyond!
Phil, Julia, Franklyn