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JBFC Fellows Crystal Kayiza & Rahessa Vitório Announced as Sundance Ignite Finalists

By Paige Grand Pré, Education Communications Associate 10.30.17

The JBFC is pleased to announce that two of our Creative Culture Fellows have been selected as Finalists in the 2018 Project 1234 Sundance Ignite challenge! Crystal Kayiza, our fall 2017 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellow, and Rahessa Vitório, a fall 2017 Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow, have officially placed among the top 25 entrants in the challenge (out of 800+ entrants total!) and are now in the running to receive a trip to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, a year-long mentorship, and much more.

Crystal’s film, Why We Stay, and Rahessa’s film, Saudade, are both available to view on the Sundance Ignite blog. Both fellows’ success is the product of an immense amount of talent and hard work, and they are incredibly deserving of all the accolades they have received thus far. As the Creative Culture term continues, neither is slowing down any time soon—Rahessa and Crystal continue to utilize the available resources and staff at the Media Arts Lab as they complete their proposed short films in just five short months.

We will be sure to keep you posted on our Fellows' progress as the field of finalists narrows. In the meantime, please join us in congratulating these talented and valuable members of our filmmaking community on their great accomplishments!

Interested in our Creative Culture program? Learn about Creative Culture benefits, application requirements, and deadlines on our Submittable page, and make sure to apply by January 1 for Spring 2018!