About 40 percent of the films to screen in Competition at Sundance 2018 were women-directed or co-directed. One hundred percent of its directing prizes went to women. A press release has announced the fest’s winners, and women claimed all four major directing honors.
The Directing Award: U.S. Documentary was received by
Alexandria Bombach for “On Her Shoulders,” a portrait of Nadia Murad, a Yazidi genocide and Isis sexual slavery survivor.
Sara Colangelo claimed The Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic for “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a Maggie Gyllenhaal-starrer about a kindergarten teacher who becomes fixated on one of her students, who she’s convinced is gifted.
The Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary went to Sandi Tan for “Shirkers,” an investigation of what happened to Tan’s former collaborator and mentor who disappeared after they shot a film together in 1992 — and took the footage with him.