Filmmaker Kate Tsang took the top award of a $1 million grant at this years AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. The program is in collaboration with Tribeca and champions inclusive and diverse filmmaking. The event, which took place earlier this morning in New York City, featured five filmmakers pitched ideas for a film in front of the Untold Stories Greenlight committee made up of industry leaders and film experts. After the committee deliberated, Tsangs film, Marvelous and the Black Hole came out on top.
Now in its third year, Untold Stories was live-streamed and for the first time in the history of the program, all five finalists were female. In addition to Tsang, the finalists were Aslihan Unaldi (Afloat), Kaliya Warren (Expatriates), Maria Victoria Ponce (Washing Elena) and Ellie Foumbi (Zenith). The four other participants will receive $10,000 each to achieve their film goals.
“We are convinced that the five filmmakers we heard today will all be making their films – because of their determination, forthrightness and vision,” said Fiona Carter, AT&T Communications Chief Brand Officer, on behalf of the Greenlight Committee. “We were struck by Kate Tsangs command of story and subject. We admire her films universal appeal and singular imaginative concept. It has a lively spirit, a nuanced balance of humor and emotion, and is a perspective you dont normally see on screen.”
Tsangs film will premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, and AT&T and Tribeca will work with the filmmaker on a distribution strategy. Her film is a story about teenage delinquent Sammy Ko, who teams up with a surly childrens party magician on a bizarre adventure to navigate her tumultuous home life and inner demons. A coming-of-age comedy that touches on unlikely friendships, grief, and finding hope in the darkest moments.
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