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Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards

As the 2022 Sundance Film Festival heads into its final weekend, its awards have been announced. The @sundancefest Twitter account unveiled the winners beginning early this afternoon. Though the festival was once again online for the second year in a row, the diversity of content and quality of programming were celebrated by those in charge.

Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente announced that “Today’s awards represent the determination of visionary individuals, whose dynamic work will continue to change the culture and create discourse throughout the year. This year’s entire program has proven that no matter the context, independent storytelling remains a pivotal tool in expanding critical dialogues, and these stories will and must be shared.”

Sundance Film Festival Director Tabitha Jackson echoed those sentiments. “The 2022 Sundance Film Festival once again met our audience wherever they happened to be. Whether you watched from home or one of our seven satellite screens, this year’s Festival expressed a powerful convergence; we were present, together, as a community connected through the work. And it is work that has already changed those who experienced it.”

See the full list of winners below:

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Nanny 

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – The Exiles 

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – Utama 

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – All That Breathes 

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary – Navalny 

Audience Award: U.S. DramaticCha Cha Real Smooth

Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic Girl Picture 

Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary – The Territory

Audience Award: NEXTFraming Agnes 

Festival Favorite Award – Navalny 

Directing Award: U.S. Documentary – Reid Davenport, I Didn’t See You There

Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic – Jamie Dack, Palm Trees and Power Lines

Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary – Simon Lereng Wilmont, A House Made Of Splinters 

Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Maryna Er Gorbach, KLONDIKE  

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic – K.D. Dávila, Emergency 

Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award: U.S. Documentary – Erin Casper and Jocelyne Chaput, Fire Of Love 

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: Uncompromising Artistic Vision – Bradley Rust Gray, blood 

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: Ensemble Cast – John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, Selenis Leyva, Connie Britton, Olivia Washington, London Covington, and Michael K Williams for 892 

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Impact for Change – Aftershock 

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Creative Vision – Descendant 

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Documentary Craft – The Territory

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Excellence In Verité Filmmaking  Midwives

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Innovative Spirit – Leonor Will Never Die 

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Acting – Teresa Sánchez, Dos Estaciones

NEXT Innovator Award presented by Adobe – Framing Agnes 

Short Film Grand Jury Prize – The Headhunter’s Daughter 

Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction – IF I GO WILL THEY MISS ME

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction – Warsha 

Short Film Jury Award: Nonfiction – Displaced 

Short Film Jury Award: Animation – Night Bus 

Short Film Special Jury Award: Ensemble Cast – Zélia Duncan, Bruna Linzmeyer, Camila Rocha, Clarissa Ribeiro, and Lorre Motta for A wild patience has taken me here 

Short Film Special Jury Award: Screenwriting – Sara Driver, Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver 

See the full list of credited winners and jury statements on the Sundance blog.

Abe Friedtanzer
Abe Friedtanzerhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Abe Friedtanzer is a film and TV enthusiast who spent most of the past fifteen years in New York City. He has been the editor of MoviesWithAbe.com and TVwithAbe.com since 2007, and has been predicting the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards since he was allowed to stay up late enough to watch them. He has attended numerous film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW, and is a contributing writer for The Film Experience, Awards Radar, and AwardsWatch.


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