As the final festivities end for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the closing ceremony handed out awards to the possible 123 feature-length and 72 short films that were in attendance this year.
The official Jury prizes were awarded by six groups of film and culture leaders, who screened all films in their respective sections and jointly decided which standout artistic and story elements to recognize.
As we reported earlier, the jurors were: Simon Kilmurry, Jill Lepore, Shola Lynch, Louie Psihoyos, Amy Ziering, Mark Adams, Lena Dunham, Jon Hamm, Avy Kaufman, Franklin Leonard, Randall Poster, Fernanda Solórzano, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Mila Aung-Thwin, Tine Fischer and Asif Kapadia.
Members of the festival audiences also voted for their favorite films to receive five Audience Awards in each of the U.S. and World Competitions and NEXT.
2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE FILM AWARDS
This year’s U.S. Grand Jury Prize: for a Documentary was presented by Louis Psihoyos to: “Weiner,” directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg.
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize for a Dramatic film was presented by Franklin Leonard to “The Birth of a Nation,” which came from Director and screenwriter: Nate Parker. The film stars Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union and Mark Boone Jr.
The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary was presented by Asif Kapadia to: “Sonita” from Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami.
The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic was presented by Apichatpong Weerasethakul to “Sand Storm” from director and screenwriter: Elite Zexer. The film stars Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Hitham Omari, Khadija Alakel and Jalal Masrwa.
The Audience Award for U.S. Documentary was presented by Matt Ross to “Jim: The James Foley Story,” which was directed by Brian Oakes.
The Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic was presented by Matt Ross to “The Birth of a Nation”
The Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary was presented by Rose McGowan to “Sonita”.
The Audience Award for World Cinema Dramatic was also presented by Rose McGowan to “Between Sea and Land” from director Carlos del Castillo and Screenwriter Manolo Cruz. The film stars Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernandéz, Viviana Serna, Jorge Cao, Mile Vergara and Javier Sáenz.
The Audience Award: NEXT, presented by Taika Waititi to “First Girl I Loved” from director and screenwriter Kerem Sanga. The film stars Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Jennifer Prediger, Tim Heidecker and Pamela Adlon.
The Directing Award: U.S. Documentary was presented by Amy Ziering to Roger Ross Williams for his film “Life, Animated” from director Roger Ross Williams.
The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic was presented by Mark Adams to Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan for their film “Swiss Army Man,” a film that they directed and co-wrote the screenplay for. The film stars Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary was presented by Mila Aung Thwain to Michal Marczak for his film “All These Sleepless Nights”.
The Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic was presented by Randall Poster to “Belgica” which was directed by Felix van Groeningen, the screenwriters were Felix van Groeningen and Arne Sierens. The film stars Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Charlotte Vandermeersch and Hélène De Vos.
The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic was presented by Lena Dunham to Chad Hartigan for “Morris from America” directed by Chad Hartigan, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Jakub Gierszał and Levin Henning.
A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing was presented by Jill Lepore to Penny Lane and Thom Stylinski for “NUTS!,” which was directed by Penny Lane.
A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for For Social Impact Filmmaking was presented by Simon Kilmurry to
“Trapped” from director Dawn Porter.
A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Writing was presented by Shola Lynch to “Kate Plays Christine” from director Robert Greene.
A U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking was presented by Shola Lynch to “The Bad Kids” from directors Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe.
A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award was presented by Lena Dunham to “As You Are” from director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and screenwriters Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and Madison Harrison. The film stars Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti, Scott Cohen and Mary Stuart Masterson.
A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance was presented by Avy Kaufman to Joe Seo for “Spa Night”. The film was written and directed by Andrew Ahn. Joe Seo, Haerry Kim, Youn Ho Cho, Tae Song, Ho Young Chung and Linda Han star in the film.
A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance was presented by Jon Hamm to Melanie Lynskey in “The Intervention” from director and screenwriter Clea DuVall. The film stars Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, Clea DuVall, Natasha Lyonne and Ben Schwartz.
A U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance was presented by Jon Hamm to Craig Robinson in “Morris” from director and screenwriter Chad Hartigan. The film stars Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Jakub Gierszał and Levin Henning.
A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Debut Feature was presented by Asif Kapadia to Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel for their film “When Two Worlds Collide” from directors Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel.
A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography was presented by Mila Aung Thwain Director and cinematographer Pieter-Jan De Pue for his film “The Land of the Enlightened”.
A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing was presented by Asif Kapadia to: Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringouin for “We Are X,” directed by Stephen Kijak.
A World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting was presented by Fernanda Solórzano to Vicky Hernandéz and Manolo Cruz for “Between Sea and Land”.
A World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting was presented by Randall Poster to Ana Katz and Inés Bortagaray in “Mi Amiga del Parque,” which was from director Ana Katz. The film stars Julieta Zylberberg, Ana Katz, Maricel Álvarez, Mirella Pascual, Malena Figó and Daniel Hendler.
A World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design was presented by Fernanda Solórzano to Agnieszka Smoczyńska for “The Lure” from director Agnieszka Smoczynska and screenwriter: Robert Bolesto. The film stars Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Jakub Gierszal, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka and Zygmunt Malanowicz.
SHORT FILM AWARDS
The Short Film Grand Jury Prize was awarded to “Thunder Road” from director and screenwriter Jim Cummings).
The Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction was presented to “The Procedure” from director and screenwriter Calvin Lee Reeder.
The Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction was presented to: “Maman(s)” from director and screenwriter Maïmouna Doucouré.
The Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction was presented to “Bacon & God’s Wrath” from director Sol Friedman.
The Short Film Jury Award: Animation was presented to “Edmond” from director and screenwriter Nina Gantz.
A Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance was presented to Grace Glowicki for her performance in “Her Friend Adam”.
A Short Film Special Jury Award for Best Direction was presented to “Peacock” director Ondřej Hudeček, and screenwriter Jan Smutny.
The Short Film jurors were star and co-creator of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, Keegan-Michael Key; development executive at Amazon Studios, Gina Kwon; and chief film critic for MTV, Amy Nicholson. The Short Film program is presented by YouTube.
GLOBAL FILMMAKING AWARDS
The winning directors and projects of the 2016 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Awards in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world, are:< August (Cuba) / Writer-Director: Armando Capo Insha' Allah (India) / Writer-Director: Geetu Mohandas Sicilian Ghost Story (Italy) / Writer-Directors: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia The Treasure (Morocco) / Writer-Director: Abdellah Taia SLOAN SCIENCE IN FILM AWARDS
The 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, presented to an outstanding feature film about science or technology, was presented to Embrace of the Serpent directed by Ciro Guerra. The film received a $20,000 cash award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.