Here are the complete list of 2010 winners:
The Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic Film went to Winter’s Bone, the Debra Granik-directed drama set deep in the Ozark Mountains, where a teenage girl heads out to find her crystal meth-making father, who has gone missing. The film was acquired earlier this evening by Roadside Attractions.
The Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary was awarded to Restrepo, in which conflict journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington spent a year with the men of the 173rd Airborne’s Second Platoon in the Al Qaeda stronghold of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. The documentary was a hot ticket through the festival. Junger’s writing was the basis for The Perfect Storm. The title comes from Private First Class Juan Restrepo, who was slain, and whose comrades erected an outpost in his honor. National Geographic has broadcast rights to the docu.
The Best Director Prize for U.S. Dramatic Film went to Eric Mendelsohn for 3 Backyards, the drama that stars Edie Falco and Elias Koteas about three life-altering adventures that unfold on a seemingly ordinary day in the suburbs. The director hailed fest creator Robert Redford, saying he does what other governments do for film, and that “he can do no wrong”.
The Documentary Directing Award went to Leon Gast, for Smash His Camera, a well received documentary on paparazzi pioneer Ron Galella, who was sued by Jackie O for his invasive work, and had his jaw broken by Marlon Brando. Gast previously directed the boxing docu When We Were Kings.
The Dramatic Grand Jury Prize in world cinema went to David Michod’s Animal Kingdom.
The documentary The Oath won the Best Cinematography Award, accepted by DP Kirsten Johnson. The Laura Poitras-directed film is about two brothers in law who were associated with Al Qaeda.
The Cinematography Award for Drama went to Obselidia, directed by Diane Bell Several of those accepting awards hailed the work of Karen Schmeer, who was killed yesterday in a hit and run accident.
The U.S. Documentary Editing Award went to Penelope Falk.
The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award went to Winter’s Bone, scripted by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini.
The Audience Award for U.S. Documentary went to the Davis Guggenheim-directed Waiting for Superman.
The Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film went to the Josh Radnor-directed happythankyoumoreplease, a film that hasn’t yet received a domestic distribution deal, but which was well-liked by buyers and is expected sell.
The Special Jury Prize for Documentary went to the Josh Fox-directed GasLand, an expose on “fracking,” a method of extracting natural gas from the ground that is wreaking havoc on the environment.
A Special Jury Prize also was awarded Sympathy for Delicious, a film which marked the directing debut of Mark Ruffalo, who said he and his cohorts “have gotten our asses handed to us by reviewers, and yet we’re still here.”
January 29, 2010
Park City, UT – The 2010 Sundance Film Festival is pleased to announce that Obselidia, directed by Diane Bell, is the recipient of this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Prize. The Prize, which carries a $20,000 cash award by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is presented to an outstanding feature film focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.
January 28, 2010
Los Angeles, CA (Park City, UT) – Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) today announced the winners of the 2010 Sundance / NHK International Filmmakers Awards. Originally created to celebrate 100 years of Cinema, the annual award recognizes and supports four visionary filmmakers from Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan on their next films. Each winner receives approximately $100,000 ($10,000 as a cash award and a guarantee from NHK to purchase the Japanese television broadcast rights). In addition, Sundance Institute staff works closely with the winners throughout the year, providing creative and strategic support through the development, financing and production of their films. The awards are presented at the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, January 30, 2010.
Amat Escalante / Heli (Mexico) In a small Mexican town, where most citizens work for an automobile assembly plant or the local drug cartel, Heli is confronted with police corruption, drug trafficking, sexual exploitation, love, guilt and revenge in the search for his father who has mysteriously disappeared.
Born in 1979, Amat Escalante is a self-taught filmmaker from Guanajuato, Mexico. At age 15, he began to devote himself completely to cinema. His first feature Sangre premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival 2005, where it received the Fipresci Prize. His second feature film Los Bastardos also premiered in the Official Selection Un Certain Regard Cannes in 2008 and won numerous awards including Best Film at the Morelia, Sitges and Mar del Plata film festivals. It has been distributed worldwide, including Mexico, USA, France and Canada.
Andrey Zvyagintsev / Elena (Russia) An elderly woman who has lived with her rich husband in a large, comfortable home tries to rescue her alcoholic son from poverty and give his family the opportunity for a better life that she alone could not provide.
Andrey Zvyagintsev graduated from The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) where he was trained as an actor, then worked on independent theatre projects and acted in TV series and films. In 2000 Andrei made his first short TV fiction films as a director. His first motion picture The Return was nominated for the Golden Globe after winning the Golden Lion and the Lion of the Future for the best director’s debut at the Venice Film Festival. His second feature film BANISHMENT premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival where Konstantin Lavronenko won the award for Best Leading Actor Award, the first ever for a Russian actor.
Benh Zeitlin / Beasts of the Southern Wild (USA) (written with Lucy Alibar) In the Louisiana Delta, a ferocious ten-year-old girl refuses to evacuate her home without her dying father as the Southern Apocalypse descends upon them.
Raised by two folklorists in Queens, NY, Benh Zeitlin is a director, animator, and composer for the Court 13 coterie. Director of award-winning shorts Eggs, Origins of Electricity, I Get Wet and Glory at Sea, Filmmaker Magazine recently named him one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Zeitlin participated in the 2009 June Screenwriters and Directors Lab and is the recipient of a Sundance grant from the Annenberg Foundation. He currently resides in New Orleans where he is developing two feature films and transforming Glory at Sea’s ship, the U.S.S Jimmy Lee, into a rolling, pop-corn making, movie projector cum Mardi-Gras float in preparation for Carnival 2010.
Daisuke Yamaoka / The Wonderful Lives at Asahigaoka (Japan) (written with Yugo Eto) A young woman’s suicide attempt leaves her in a coma but stirs up the lives of the people around her in the sleepy riverside town of Asahigaoka.
Daisuke Yamaoka worked for production companies before completing Lost Girl in 2007. Lost Girl was released in 2009 and exhibited in Shibuya’s Eurospace Theater and screened at the Dresden International Film Festival in Germany. Mika and Seijun screened at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Austin International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and won the Toru Murakami Award at the Yamagata International Movie Festival. His film Death: The Only Cure for Idiots from Kanagawa University was a runner-up in the Kanagawa Film Concours Grand Prize.
January 26, 2010
Park City, UT—The 2010 Sundance Film Festival this evening announced the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking and gave honorable mentions based on outstanding achievement and merit. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in Park City, Utah. These award recipients will also be honored at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony hosted by David Hyde Pierce on Saturday, January 30.
The Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking was awarded to Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln (Director: Jeremy Konner; Screenwriter: Derek Waters) On March 22nd, Jen Kirkman drank two bottles of wine and then discussed a historical event. Cast: Don Cheadle and Will Ferrell
The Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking was given to The Six Dollar Fifty Man / New Zealand (Directors and screenwriters: Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland) Andy, a gutsy eight year-old boy, is forced to break out of his make-believe superhero world to deal with playground bullies.
In addition, The Shorts Jury awarded Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking to:
Born Sweet/USA (Director: Cynthia Wade) Arsenic-laced water has poisoned a 15-year-old-boy from a small, rural village in Cambodia, who fashions dreams for karaoke stardom.
Can We Talk? / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Jim Owen) Vince gets way more than he bargains for when he dumps his girlfriend. Again.
Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No/USA (Director: James Blagden) In celebration of the greatest athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, here’s the animated tale of Dock Ellis’ legendary LSD no-hitter.
How I Met Your Father / Spain (Director and screenwriter: Álex Montoya) Every couple has their story, some more romantic than others.
Quadrangle/USA (Director: Amy Grappell) An unconventional look at two “conventional” couples that swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early 1970s, hoping to pioneer an alternative to divorce and the way people would live in the future.
Rob and Valentyna in Scotland / USA, United Kingdom (Director: Eric Lynne; Screenwriters: Eric Lynne and Rob Chester Smith) An American abroad travels with his long-lost Ukrainian cousin to the Highlands of Scotland.
Young Love / Australia (Director and screenwriter: Ariel Kleiman) Clarity can often be found in the eyes of strangers.