The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
PRODUCER: Chad Burris
Chad Burris is founder of Indion Group of Entertainment Companies. Chad developed, through the first Indion company, the country’s first private film incentive in the country for the state of Oklahoma. That incentive program was instrumental in financing a number of feature films there and bringing film production into the state. Chad’s influence in the film industry is attributed to his work producing award-winning films including Goodnight Irene, Four Sheets to the Wind, and Barking Water by Sterlin Harjo. Chad produced the award-winning short film Shimasani for Navajo director Blackhorse Lowe and Executive Produced the Michael Winterbottom feature The Killer Inside Me, starring Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck. Both of those films premiered at Sundance 2010.
In 2011, he executive produced the directorial debut film for Famke Janssen, Bringing Up Bobby, and more recently the Nick Cassavetes feature Yellow. Chad’s films have collectively screened at some the world’s most prestigious festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, New Directors/New Films, Toronto, Cannes and Venice. His latest film, Mosquita y Mari was selected to premier at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and he was nominated in this category at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Chad won the Mark Silverman Award for New Producers from the Sundance Institute in 2007.