Joshua Sanchez Awarded 2016 NYFA Fellowship

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Joshua Sanchez ’04 has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in the category playwriting/screenwriting. The award carries an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant and access to a variety of NYFA services.

Sanchez is a Brooklyn-based screenwriter originally from Houston Texas. His feature film Four, adapted from the stage play of the same name by Christopher Shinn, won the best the Best Performance Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Best Feature Film Award at the Urbanworld Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film received a theatrical release in 2013. In 2012 his experimental film series Screentests debuted at PS122. His short films have played at Outfest, SXSW, Frameline, NewFest and The New York International Latino Film Festival. Sanchez has received the Jerome Foundation grant, won the 2003 HBO Films Young Producer’s Development Award, is an Academy Foundation of the Arts and Sciences Scholar, and participated in the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium.

Jennie Allen ’13 was named as a finalist for the same award. Although finalists are not awarded a cash grant, they receive access to a variety of other NYFA services. Allen is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker originally from upstate New York. Allen’s short films have played at Palm Springs, Brussels Short Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Cine Kink and Scene: Brooklyn. Allen received the Lewis Cole Award for Excellence while at Columbia. She also won the Best Student Live Action Short – Second Place at Palm Springs International Short-Fest and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Award for Best Female Director at the Columbia University Film Fest for her short Relics.

New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) awards artists unrestricted cash grants in five different disciplines each year. This year grants were given in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Music/Sound, Photography and Screenwriting/Playwriting. Five School of the Arts alumni in Theatre and Visual Arts were also among grantees this year.  

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