Press release from Warp Films

Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman and his feature screenplay Partisan, has been honoured with a Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award as part of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

Supported by the Sundance Institute and Mahindra Group, the inaugural award recognises four emerging independent filmmakers from across the globe. The winning filmmakers receive a cash prize, attendance at the Sundance Film Festival for targeted industry and creative meetings and ongoing creative and strategic support.

This is Kleiman's third consecutive year at Sundance, receiving the Grand Jury Prize in 2011 for his short film Deeper than Yesterday, and an Honourable Mention in 2010 for Young Love.

"We've been locked away writing in a tiny London studio apartment for what feels like a lifetime, so this award is hugely encouraging that we're on the right track and not completely insane!" said Kleiman.

Partisan is co-written with Sarah Cyngler and will be produced by Warp Films Australia. Kleiman will direct.

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