The Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards is a part of a multifaceted collaboration between the Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group and the non-profit Sundance Institute that exemplifies its support to World Cinema.
In it's 4th edition this year (2014), held at a private ceremony in Park City, Utah - 4 Film-makers including Neeraj Ghaywan from India was awarded this recognition as an emerging independent filmmaker for his screenplay Fly Away Solo. Neeraj has in the past directed 2 short films including a portion of Anurag Kashyap's - Shorts; and has been an Assistant Director on films like Gangs of Wasseypur & upcoming movie Ugly.
For the selection of the Award for the Indian project, the Global Filmmaking Award Nomination Committee, which comprised of eminent screenwriters, directors and film academics, went through over 20 screenplays and directorial samples of the candidates. After intense debate and deliberation and consultation with the Sundance Institute, the Indian award winner was decided.
The Global Filmmaking Award Nomination Committee included: Anjum Rajabali (Screenwriter & Film Professor), Boman Irani (Actor), Ira Bhaskar (Film Professor), K. Hariharan (Film Academy Head), Rajkumar Hirani (Writer-Director), Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra (Writer-Director) and Sharmila Tagore (Actor).