The 2015 Sundance Film Festival Winners Are…

Sundance 2015All good things must end with the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, coming to a close. With breakout distribution deals, coming of age hip hop drama, DOPE sold and secured a distribution deal worth $7 million dollars. A indie drama about a pair of transgendered prostitutes, was the talk of the festival. Filmmaker Sean Baker’s debut was shot on a iPhone with the help of app Filmicpro.

Feature Film Award Winners

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

U.S. Dramatic

Special Jury Award for Cinematography: The Diary of a Teenage Girl / Brandon Trost

Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision: Advantageous / Jennifer Phang & Jacqueline Kim

Audience Award: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl / Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

U.S. Documentary

Special Jury Award for Social Impact: 3 1/2 Minutes / Directed by Marc Silver

Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking: Western / Directed by Bill Ross & Turner Ross

Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature: (T)ERROR / Lyric R. Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe

Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Cartel Land / Matthew Heineman & Matt Porwoll

Audience Award: Meru / Directed by Jimmy Chin & E. Chai Vasarhelyi


James WHite

 Audience Award: James White / Directed by Josh Mond

World Cinema Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize: Slow West / Directed by John Maclean

Directing Award: The Summer of Sangaile / Director Alanté Kavaïté.

Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Partisan / Germain McMicking

Special Jury Award for Acting: Jack Reynor / Glassland

Special Jury Award for Acting: The Second Mother / Regina Casé and Camila Márdila

Audience Award: Umrika / Directed by Prashant Nair.

World Cinema Documentary

Grand Jury Prize: The Russian Woodpecker / Director Chad Gracia

Directing Award: Dreamcatcher / Directed by Kim Longinotto

Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access: The Chinese Mayor / Directed by Hao Zhou

Special Jury Award for Impact: Pervert Park / Directed by Frida Barkfors & Lasse Barkfors

Special Jury Award for Editing: How to Change the World / Edited by Jim Scott

Audience Award: Dark Horse / Directed by Louise Osmond

Special Awards

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: The Stanford Prison Experiment (Dir. Kyle Patrick Alvarez)

2015 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award:

  • Be Safe I Love You (Saudi Arabia) / Haifaa Al Mansour (Director)
  • The Poet (Somalia) / K’naan (Director)
  • Luxembourg (Ukraine) / Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (Director)
  • Rosebuds (Poland/Germany) / Oskar Sulowski (Director)

Short Film Award Winners

World of Tomorrow

Short Film Grand Jury Prize: World of Tomorrow / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Don Hertzfeldt)

Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction: SMILF / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Frankie Shaw)

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction: Oh Lucy! / Japan, Singapore, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Atsuko Hirayanagi)

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction: The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul / Australia (Director: Kitty Green)

Short Film Jury Award: Animation: Storm hits jacket / France (Director and screenwriter: Paul Cabon)

Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting: Laure Calamy for Back Alley / France (Director and screenwriter: Cécile Ducrocq)

Short Film Special Jury Award for Visual Poetry: Object / Poland (Director: Paulina Skibińska)