Awards for 2014

Grand Jury Prize

Documentary

WINNER

Rich Hill: Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo
For the beauty of its quiet and powerful storytelling revealing its character's dignity in the face of immense challenges.

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World Cinema - Documentary

WINNER

The Return to Homs: Talal Derki
From one of the darkest corners of the world emerge a film that explores the affection, brotherhood and love and a central character whose conviction drove a generation of young people to fight for what they believed in. Despite the inhumane conditions, the filmmaking team was able to deliver a beautifully crafted film while working with elements that were totally out of their control.

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World Cinema - Dramatic

WINNER

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Dramatic

WINNER

Whiplash: Damien Chazelle
Film of uncommon skill that showcases two compelling characters and pulses to a dazzling and irresistible beat.

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Special Jury Prize

Documentary

WINNERS

The Overnighters: Jesse Moss
Intuitive Filmmaking - For the portrayal of a complex character as told through remarkably intimate moments.

Watchers of the Sky: Edet Belzberg
Use of Animation -For profoundly artful animation that deepens our understanding of character and story.

World Cinema - Documentary

WINNER

We Come as Friends: Hubert Sauper
Cinematic Bravery -This film combines true visionary filmmaking which your adventure to confront some of the most complex and important issues of our planet. Replacing the traditional camera tripod with the dangers yet profound human cinematography, the filmmakers parachute their audience into some of the most bizarre, deranged and beautiful places cinema has ever seen. The result is a deeply troubling masterpiece with glimpses of pure joy and hope.

World Cinema - Dramatic

WINNERS

God Help the Girl
Ensemble -A delightful ensemble performance in which the director brought its own unique universe into cinema.

Dramatic

WINNERS

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter: The Octopus Project
Musical Score -We want to recognize the mysterious and evocative musical score created by the Austin Texas band, the Octopus Project.

Dear White People: Justin Simien
Breakthrough Talent -The movie with a reverence, audacity and a sense of humor that was unique in its category, for the arrival of original and exciting new voice in American cinema.

Directing Award

Documentary

WINNER

The Case Against 8: Ben Cotner, Ryan White
For capturing a historic moment from the perspective of multiple subjects in an intricate and engaging way.

World Cinema - Documentary

WINNER

20,000 Days on Earth: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Arguably being the most exciting film in competition, it ruthlessly deconstructs two very different art forms - music and documentary - yet takes nothing away from the everyday reality or magic of its main subject. This is documentary storytelling at its most visionary and mind blowing.

World Cinema - Dramatic

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Dramatic

WINNER

Fishing Without Nets: Cutter Hodierne
A director who took us to a new strange foreign world. Directing his first narrative feature film in a language he doesn't even speak, a beautiful poetic film. We're impressed with the authenticity, the integrity and the control we saw in this film.

Cinematography Award

Documentary

WINNER

E-Team: Rachel Beth Anderson, Ross Kauffman
For the graceful creation of striking imagery with deep sensitivity to the moment.

World Cinema - Documentary

WINNER

Happiness: Thomas Balmès, Nina Bernfeld
This film delivered a truly exquisite and striking cinematic experience through light and composition. The cinematographer's eye tenderly explores the visual extremes of the film's young protaganist and the harsh yet gorgeous landscape that surrounds them.

World Cinema - Dramatic

WINNER

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Dramatic

WINNER

Low Down: Christopher Blauvelt
With beautiful texture and sculpted lighting, it illuminates an unromantic world and makes it elegant.

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Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

WINNER

The Skeleton Twins: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman
For a screenplay that skillfully writes the line between heartbreaking drama and side-splitting humor in a story that keeps us invested because the writers care deeply about all the characters.

Audience Award

Shorts

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Documentary

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World Cinema - Documentary

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World Cinema - Dramatic

WINNER

Dramatic

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Best of Next!

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Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

WINNER

I Origins: Mike Cahill
For its depiction of a molecular biologist and his lab partner who uncovers starkling evidence that could fundamentally change society as we know it.

Editing Award

Documentary

WINNER

Watchers of the Sky: Jenny Golden, Karen Sim
For the masterful interweaving of desperate and complex elements to create an immensely powerful story.

World Cinema - Documentary

WINNER

20,000 Days on Earth: Jonathan Amos
Truth and documentary editing can be opposing forces. Rarely do we, as a jury, see a film confront this paradox with such boldness and unexpected authenticity. Constructing a narrative and a cinematic reality that seamlessly blends performance and storytelling with deep emotional truths.

Screenwriting Award

World Cinema - Dramatic

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Short Film Jury Prize

Fiction

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International Fiction

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Animation

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Non-Fiction

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Short Film Special Jury Prize

WINNERS

Rat Pack Rat: Todd Rohal
For unique vision.


Burger: Magnus Mork
For direction and ensemble cast.

Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award

WINNERS

Hong Khaou
Screenplay: "Moonsoon" (Vietnam/UK)

Tobias Lindholm
Screenplay: "A War" (Denmark)

Ashlee Page
Screenplay: "Archive" (Australia)

Neeraj Ghaywan
Screenplay: "Fly Away Solo" (India)

Short Film Grand Jury Prize

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