This year’s Sundance Film Festival saw a wide range of films from a wide range of Filmmakers. There were some films that came into the Festival being bought, such as highly-buzzed Zola by Sony Pictures and A24, to Palm Springs starring now Andy Samberg, now distributed by Hulu and NEON. Winners at the Festival have been unveiled with films like MINARI and I CARRY YOU WITH ME getting top honours.
NEXT Innovator Award was chosen by a single juror this year and it was Gregg Araki.
NEXT Audience Award: I CARRY YOU WITH ME directed by Heidi Ewing
NEXT Innovator Award: I CARRY YOU WITH ME directed by Heidi Ewing
World Cinema Documentary Competition — the jury included Eric Hynes, Rima Mismar and Nanfu Wang.
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing: Mila Aung-Thwin, Sam Soko and Ryan Mullins for SOFTIE
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Mircea Topoleanu and Radu Ciorniciuc for ACASA, MY HOME
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling: Benjamin Ree for THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
World Cinema Documentary Award for Directing: Iryna Tsilyk for THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize Documentary: EPICENTRO directed by Hubert Sauper
World Cinema Documentary Audience Award: THE REASON I JUMP directed by Jerry Rothwell
The World Cinema Dramatic Competition — the jury included Alba Rohrwacher, Wagner Moura, and Haifaa Al Mansour.
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Ben Whishaw for SURGE
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese for THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay: Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero for IDENTIFYING FEATURES (SIN SEÑAS PARTICULARES)
World Cinema Dramatic Award for Directing: Maïmouna Doucouré for CUTIES
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize World Dramatic: YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS directed by Massoud Bakhshi
World Cinema Audience Award: IDENTIFYING FEATURES (SIN SEÑAS PARTICULARES) directed by Fernanda Valadez
The U.S. Documentary Competition — the jury included Rachel Rosen and Noland Walker
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker: Arthur Jones for FEELS GOOD MAN
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, and Eli Despres for THE FIGHT
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing: Tyler H. Walk for WELCOME TO CHECHNYA
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Innovation in Nonfiction Storytelling: Kirsten Johnson for DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD
U.S. Documentary Directing Award: Garrett Bradley for TIME
U.S. DocumentaryGrand Jury Prize: BOYS STATE directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine
U.S Documentary Competition Audience Award: CRIP CAMP directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht
The U.S. Dramatic Competition — the jury included Ethan Hawke, Wash Westmoreland, and Rodrigo Garcia
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast: the cast of CHARM CITY KINGS
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking: Josephine Decker for SHIRLEY
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Neorealism: Eliza Hittman for NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Edson Oda for NINE DAYS
U.S. Dramatic Directing Award: Radha Blank for THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION
U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize: MINARI directed by Lee Isaac Chung
U.S. Dramatic Competition Audience Award: MINARI directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Some highlights of the Festival were seeing marquee names like Taylor Swift, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Rachel Brosnahan – the latter two whom we haven’t been lucky enough yet to see at TIFF yet, but hopefully soon!
Festival Goers also are treated to some really great Pop-Ups, our favourites being the Lyft Up Lounge sponsored by Lyft and one for the upcoming film, DOWNHILL. The former talked to the Lounge’s namesake program which offers free rides to those in need, while giving out chocolate, coffee and Impossible Burgers. Visitors got a chance to take a picture with their simulated ski lift also! The latter gave out soup, hot chocolate, coffee and even an oxygen bar were on-site to perk us up!
Catch-up on our 2020 Sundance coverage including reviews and sightings here.
Minari tells the story of an immigrant Korean family in the 1980s who move from the city life in California to build a farm in rural Arkansas.
Writer-Director Lee Isaac Chung has perfectly brought a heartwarming and authentic story of the American Dream to life. The Script examines hopes and desires and the good and bad consequences that come with chasing those dreams. The entire Cast express their character’s visceral emotions through nuanced performances, including the very young Alan Kim who plays seven-year-old David. Overall, Minari is a universal story about a family trying to make their dream a reality and the joy and pain that come along with living.
Minari screens at Sundance on Sun, jan. 26th at 6 PM at Library Centre, Tues, Jan. 28th at 3:30 PM at Eccles, Thurs, Jan. 30th at 2:30 PM at The MARC, Fri, Jan. 31st at 6 PM at Rose Wagner Centre, and Sat, Feb, 1st at 8:15 AM at Egyptian.