Sundance: ‘Cyborg Foundation’ Wins Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition

Cyborg Foundation today won the $100,000 Grand Jury prize in the Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition today at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Rafel Duran Torrent, the short film documentary about a device that transforms colors into sounds for a colorblind man beat out over 600 submissions from 69 countries. Also, as part of his prize the Spanish filmmaker is invited to a ShortsLab at the Sundance Institute later this year. Jared P Scott and Kelly Nyks’ The Artificial Leaf, Paul Lazarus’ Slingshot (both American) as well as Callum Cooper’s Mine Kafon from the UK and Kim Munsamy’s Bones Don’t Lie and Don’t Forget from Guatemala were given runner-up awards. The award was first introduced last year at Sundance. The Focus Forward jurors were Daryl Hannah, filmmakers Barbra Kopple, Jose Padilha, Peter Wintonik, Joe Berlinger and Floyd Webb and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Caroline Libresco.

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