Benita Ozoude and Giselle Bonilla Named Horizon Award Winners at Sundance

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The Horizon Awards were given out this Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. A press release announced Benita Ozoude and Giselle Bonilla as this year’s recipients. The pair were presented the prizes, which recognize emerging female filmmakers, by director and cinematographer Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and actor Garrett Hedlund (“Mudbound”).

Ozoude and Bonilla’s winning short films were selected from a record 380-plus applications. Ozoude’s project is about an East Austin restauranteur who helps feed the homeless during her spare time, and Bonilla’s short is a portrait of a woman who wishes to terminate an unplanned pregnancy.

As part of their awards Ozoude and Bonilla will receive mentorship and grants “established to support emerging female directors and address the significant disparity between the numbers of female to male directors.”

The Horizon Awards Sundance event also featured a special presentation of 2014 winner Veronica Ortiz Calderon’s “Candlelight.

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