Sundance 2014 Award Winners

Ben Umstead, East Coast Editor
Comedy power couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman hosted the Sundance awards ceremony Saturday night in Park City. For those in the audience, and watching at home via streaming, it was a crash course in how to keep these types of things short and sweet, while giving the winners their due.

And what an eclectic bunch of winners it was. If the 2014 edition of Sundance will go down for anything it will probably be the fact that there were nary a standout, big buzz film in any category, but a lot of niche gems, or important indie director's new works only making mild waves. But one thing was for sure, both audiences and the jury loved Whiplash. Damien Chazelle's story about a jazz drummer and his abusive instructor at a high end music conservatory took home both the U.S. Dramatic Competition Audience Award and Grand Jury Award. Meanwhile, Rich Hill took home the U.S. Documentary Award.

In World Competition categories the meditative yet chilling To Kill A Man, from Chilean director
Alejandro Fernández Almendras, nabbed the Dramatic Competition Jury Award, while Return To Homs, a look at the conflict in Syria, took Doc.

Other notable winners include Fishing Without Nets' Cutter Hoderine for best director in U.S. Dramatic Competition, with a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent going to Dear White People director Justin Simien.

Find all the winners below, and be sure to catch even more reviews and news from the fest over the next few days here at Twitch.


U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic   Whiplash
U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary   Rich Hill
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic   To Kill a Man
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary   Return to Homs
     
Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic presented by Acura   Whiplash
Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura   Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory
Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic   Difret
Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary   The Green Prince
Audience Award: Best of NEXT   Imperial Dreams
     
Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic   Fishing Without Nets / Cutter Hodierne
Directing Award: U. S. Documentary   The Case Against 8 / Ben Cotner & Ryan White
Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic   52 Tuesdays / Sophie Hyde
Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary   20,000 Days on Earth / Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
     
Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic   Low Down / Christopher Blauvelt
Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary   E-TEAM / Ross Kauffman & Rachel Beth Anderson
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic   Lilting / Ula Pontikos
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary   Happiness / Thomas Balmès & Nina Bernfeld
     
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent   Dear White People / Justin Simien
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score   Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter / The Octopus Project
U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking   The Overnighters
U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Use of Animation   Watchers of the Sky
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance   God Help the Girl
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery   We Come as Friends
     
Editing Award: U. S. Documentary   Watchers of the Sky
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary   20,000 Days on Earth
     
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic   The Skeleton Twins / Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman
Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic   Blind / Eskil Vogt
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize   I Origins
     
Short Film Grand Jury Prize   Of God and Dogs
Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction   Gregory Go Boom
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction   The Cut
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction   I Think This is the Closest to How the Footage Looked
Short Film Jury Award: Animation   Yearbook
Short Film Special Jury Award for Unique Vision   Rat Pack Rat
Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-Fiction   Love. Love. Love.
Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting   Burger
Short Film Audience Award, Presented by YouTube   Chapel Perilous

Around the Internet:
  • Ah, damn. I was already bummed I had to drop my planned screening of To Kill A Man. Now I'm extra bummed.

  • Goldie_Hawn_Golden_Shower

    No Raid 2, j/k

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