Paul Federbush has joined the Sundance Institute as International Director of the Feature Film Programme (FFP).
Federbush formerly worked at Red Flag Releasing and as the Senior Vice President of production and acquisitions at Warner Independent.
At Red Flag Federbush has distributed films like 8: The Mormon Proposition, a documentary about the Mormom church’s support of California’s Proposition 8, arguing the church has been actively involved in the denial of LGBT human rights.
Federbush was also instrumental in the release of David Weissman’s We Were Here, which reflects on the arrival and impact of the degenerative disease AIDS on the gay community in San Francisco.
While at Warner Independent, Federbush was an early advocate of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, overseeing the acquisition, production and development of the multiple Oscar winning film.
Federbush will oversee and execute the overall strategy of all FFP’s international work, including year-round support for international artists, grants and mentorship schemes.
He will also oversee international Sundance film development labs with partners in the Middle East and India, steward programmes such as the Sundance Institute|Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award and Sundance|NHK Award, and support international artists at the Sundance Labs in Utah.
The Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Sundance Institute’s FFP has traditionally championed the best independent films to come out of America, from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs in 1991 to 2012 awards contenders Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar’s Beasts of the Southern Wild and Ziad Douieri’s The Attack.
He starts on Sept 24, reporting directly to FFP founding director Michelle Satter.