Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky are heading south with their documentary, Indie Game: The Movie.
Indie Game makes its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in the World Documentary Category, this weekend. The festival runs January 19 - 29 in Sundance, Utah. Over 750 documentaries were submitted and only 14 are chosen in this category.
"We were in California at a Starbucks when we got a phone call," says James."And we silently sobbed. It must have looked really strange. It was a wonderful, overwhelming surreal moment."
The documentary is kind of like The Social Network
for the gaming world. It follows a community of video game developers, as they create and release their games into the world.
The film has already garnering positive feedback from The Globe and Mail
, MTV, IGTM and Wired
The Sundance Film Festival is the top film festival for independent cinema. Many documentaries have premiered at Sundance and gone on to be nominated for the Oscars, including The Cove, Waiting for Superman, Super Size Me, and Man on Wire
The culmination of the Sundance Film Festival is the awards ceremony. The competition juries, a group of individuals from the worldwide film community with original and diverse points of view, select films from both the documentary and dramatic categories to receive a range of awards.
In addition the Audience Awards are decided by festivalgoers' ballots and bestowed upon films in each of the Festival's four competition categories.
SCENE will keep you posted on how this Manitoba documentary team makes out at Sundance.