Sundance Film Festival

Originally founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide.For more information visit the Sundance Film Festival website.

Please note:Small independent films, like those featured at Sundance, take time to acheive broad distribution. Many of the this year's winning films aren't yet cataloged and available in libraries, so we've linked to descriptions at the Sundance Film Festival website.

If you're looking for something to check out this weekend @ your library, browse the winning titles from previous years.

2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards

Audience Award - U.S. Documentary:

Blood Brother
Director: Steve Hoover
Rocky Braat went to India as a disillusioned American tourist. When he met a group of children with HIV/AIDS, he decided to stay. He never could have imagined the obstacles he would face. Or the love he would find.

Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic:

Fruitvale
Director:  Ryan Coogler
The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Grand Jury Prize - Documentary:

A River Changes Course
Director: Kalyanee Mam
Twice a year in Cambodia, the Tonle Sap River changes course, while the river of life flows in a perpetual cycle of death and rebirth and of creation and destruction. Working in an intimate, verite style, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam (Director of Photography for the Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job), spent two years in her native homeland following three young Cambodians struggling to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt.

Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic:

Jiseul
Director:Meul O.
In 1950's, a populace of a South Korean island rebels against police brutality. The protesters are labeled as communists and the army is dispatched. One small village will be hit especially hard that day. Based on historical events

World Cinema Audience Award - Documentary:

The Square (Al Midan)
Director: Jehane Noujaim
This new film by Jehane Noujaim, acclaimed director of Control Room, Startup.com, Rafea: Solar Mama - looks at the harsh day-to-day realities faced by people working to build Egypt’s new democracy.

World Cinema Audience Award - Dramatic:

Metro Manila
Director:Sean Ellis
Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey to the rampant manipulations of its hardened locals. Oscar catches a lucky break when he's offered steady work for an armored truck company and gregarious senior officer Ong takes him under his wing. Soon, though, the reality of his work's mortality rate and the murky motives of his new partner force Oscar to confront the perils he faces in his new job and life.

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize - Documentary:

A River Changes Course
Director: Kalyanee Mam
(See description above)

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic:

Jiseul
Director:Meul O.
(See description above)

 

2012
Audience Award: U.S. Documentary::
The Invisible War
Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic::
The Surrogate (retitled The Sessions)
Grand Jury Prize: Documentary::
The House I Live In
Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic::
Beasts of the Southern Wild
World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary::
Searching for Sugar Man
World Cinema Jury Prize::
The Law in These Parts
2011
Audience Award: Documentary:
Buck
Audience Award: Drama:
Circumstance
Grand Jury Prize: Documentary:
How to Die in Oregon
Grand Jury Prize: Drama:
Like Crazy
World Cinema Audience Drama:
Kinyarwanda
World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary:
Hell and Back Again
World Cinema Jury Prize Drama:
Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig)
2010
Audience Award Documentary:
Waiting for "Superman"
Audience Award Drama:
happythankyoumoreplease
Grand Jury Prize Documentary:
Restrepo
Grand Jury Prize Drama:
Winter’s Bone
World Cinema Audience Award Documentary:
Waste Land
World Cinema Audience Award Drama:
Undertow
2009
Audience Award Documentary:
The Cove
Audience Award Drama:
Precious
Grand Jury Prize Documentary:
We Live in Public
Grand Jury Prize Drama:
Precious
World Cinema Audience Award Documentary:
Afgan Star
World Cinema Audience Award Drama:
An Education
World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary:
Rough Aunties
World Cinema Jury Prize Drama:
The Maid
2008
Audience Award Documentary:
Fields of Fuel
Audience Award Drama:
The Wackness
Grand Jury Prize Drama:
Frozen River
Grand Jury Prize Documentary:
Trouble the Water
World Cinema Audience Award Documentary:
Man on Wire
World Cinema Audience Award Drama:
Captain Abu Raed
World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary:
Man on Wire
World Cinema Jury Prize Drama:
King of Ping Pong
2007
Audience Award Documentary:
Hear and Now
Audience Award Drama:
Grace is Gone
Grand Jury Prize Documentary:
Send a Bullet
Grand Jury Prize Drama:
Padre Nuestro
World Cinema Audience Award Documentary:
In the Shadow of the Moon
World Cinema Audience Award Drama:
Once
World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary:
Enemies of Happiness
World Cinema Jury Prize Drama:
Sweet Mud