Awards for 2015

Grand Jury Prize

Documentary

WINNER

The Wolfpack: Crystal Moselle
"A subject matter this unusual may invite scrutiny yet the celebration of the power of imagination reflects the spirit of Sundance."

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World Cinema - Documentary

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The Russian Woodpecker: Chad Gracia
"Innovative filmmaking on a bold scale, centered on a Hertzogian main character."

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World Cinema - Dramatic

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Dramatic

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
"To a film that comprises the best of both great comedy and drama."

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Special Jury Prize

Documentary

WINNERS

(T)ERROR: Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe
Breakout First Feature - "This filmmakers dare to expose a story that powerful forces would rather keep hidden."

Western: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
Vérité Filmmaking - "We recognized the restraint of filmmakers letting image and sound to speak for itself."

3 and 1/2 Minutes: Marc Silver
Social Impact - "If you have paid any attention to the news, you know that we are a nation in crisis. As a jury, we feel that it is important to recognize a film that because of the close collaboration between the filmmakers and their subjects, lets the audience examined that crisis, lets the audience considered the consequences of that crisis, and invites us all to consider this very difficult question: why are young black men so often the objects of fear? This documentary matters."

World Cinema - Documentary

WINNERS

Pervert Park: Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
Impact -"For its judgmental humanism and its potential to change policy around the world."

The Chinese Mayor: Hao Zhou
Unparalleled Access - "For gaining such extraordinary trust and intimacy with its main character and thereby revealing a world which is increasingly relevant today."

World Cinema - Dramatic

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Dramatic

WINNER

Advantageous: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang
Collaborative Vision - "We are honoring two individuals for their unique collaborative vision. Two women that between them wrote, starred and co-edited a beautiful parable about a mother's love, sacrifice and society's worship of youth."

Visual Poetry

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Directing Award

Documentary

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Cartel Land: Matthew Heineman
"To a filmmaker who had courage to pursue a story that developed with unexpected complexity. His confident hand takes us into a world where we see both brutality and grace."

World Cinema - Documentary

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Dreamcatcher: Kim Longinotto
"Fiercely compassionate and skillfully constructed, this film is one of the best director-subject duets in cinema."

World Cinema - Dramatic

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Dramatic

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The Witch: Robert Eggers
"To a director who demonstrated a consistent and excellently rendered vision, creating a story that was hauntingly detailed as it was masterfully executed."

Cinematography Award

Documentary

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Cartel Land: Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll
"The risks a documentarian with a camera faces are physical, emotional and ethical. This cinematographers navigated all, allowing us to care deeply about people while creating images that propel us through a landscape of nightmares."

World Cinema - Dramatic

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Dramatic

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Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

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The Stanford Prison Experiment: Tim Talbott
"A screenplay that brings to life a true story that is as powerful and unfortunately relevant even almost moreso today than it was 44 years ago."

Audience Award

Documentary

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World Cinema - Documentary

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World Cinema - Dramatic

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Dramatic

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Best of Next!

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Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

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NHK Award

WINNER

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Screenplay: "Mustang" (France)

Editing Award

World Cinema - Documentary

WINNER

How to Change the World: James Scott
"For its brilliant weaving of past and present and skillfully layered storytelling."

Dramatic

WINNER

Dope: Lee Haugen
"To a person whose innovative cutting and skillful manipulation of time and rhythm made this story dope!"

Short Film Jury Prize

Fiction

WINNER

SMILF: Frances Shaw
"This film explores the awkwardness of misguided desires on a deep level."

International Fiction

WINNER

Oh Lucy!: Atsuko Hirayanagi
"Loaded with strong directing and powerful unpredictable performances, this film creates an unconventional moving hero with a late awakening"

Animation

WINNER

Storm Hits Jacket: Paul Cabon
"This piece was absolute fun. It exploded in different perspectives and layers of story told in unusual colors and a fun house of style."

Non-Fiction

WINNER

The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul: Kitty Green
"Beginning with an engaging and smart visual hook, this film goes beyond that quiet storytelling to reveal unexpected twists and turns. We are led through humor and heartbreak while also challenging our judgement and first impressions of the subject."

Short Film Special Jury Prize

WINNERS

Back Alley: Laure Calamy
Acting -"In a role that is so often cliched, this actress balances raw honesty with grace and clever choices that cut deep in startling ways. Powerful emotion is held just under the skin with the combination of subtle technique and remarkable emotional control."

Object: Paulina Skibinska
Visual Poetry - "For its extraordinary visual storytelling and it let us through beauty, darkness and suspense in an untraditional way."

Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award

WINNERS

Haifaa Al-Mansour
Screenplay: "Be Safe I Love You" (Saudi Arabia)

K'Naan
Screenplay: "The Poet" (Somalia)

Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Screenplay: "Luxembourg" (Ukraine)

Oskar Sulowski
Screenplay: "Rosebuds" (Poland/Germany)

Short Film Grand Jury Prize

WINNER

World of Tomorrow: Don Hertzfeldt
"When we saw this film, we unanimously agreed on our connection with it. It was similar to being an abstract train. We had no idea where it was going but we knew we're gonna get there safely. Some of the wittiest writing with a unique way of story building, this film removed the weight of our own philosophical dilemmas."

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