The jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking were handed out tonight at the Sundance Film Festival. The Festival’s feature awards in the Dramatic, Documentary and other categories will be honored on January 26 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosting. The Dark Knight Rises star’s directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction premiered at Sundance this year and was picked up by Relativity Media for a summer release. Check out the short filmmaking winners & honorees here:
The Short Film Grand Jury Prize was awarded to:
The Whistle / Poland (Director: Grzegorz Zariczny) — Marcin, a lowest-leagues football referee who lives in a small town near Krakow, dreams of better times. At his mother’s urging, he decides to change his life and find himself a girlfriend and a better job.
The Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction was presented to:
Whiplash / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Damien Chazelle) — An aspiring drummer enters an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra.
The Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction was presented to:
The Date / Finland (Director and screenwriter: Jenni Toivoniemi) — Tino’s manhood is put to the test in front of two women when he has to host a date for Diablo, the family’s stud cat.
The Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction was presented to:
Skinningrove / U.S.A. (Director: Michael Almereyda) — Photographer Chris Killip shares unpublished images chronicling time spent among the fiercely independent residents of a remote English fishing village.
The Short Film Jury Award: Animation was presented to:
Irish Folk Furniture / Ireland (Director: Tony Donoghue) — In Ireland, old hand-painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty, and with a time many would rather forget. In this animated documentary, 16 pieces of traditional folk furniture are repaired and returned home.
A Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting was presented to:
Joel Nagle in: Palimpsest / U.S.A. (Director: Michael Tyburski, Screenwriters: Michael Tyburski, Ben Nabors) — A successful house tuner provides clients with a unique form of therapy that examines subtle details in their living spaces.
A Short Film Special Jury Award was presented to:
Until the Quiet Comes / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kahlil Joseph) — Shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in Watts, Los Angeles, this film deals with themes of violence, camaraderie and spirituality through the lens of magical realism.