Sundance 2012: Festival Awards Announced
Grand jury awards went to 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' (Drama) and 'The House I Live In' (Documentary) in the ceremony Saturday night in Park City.
The Sundance Film Festival bestowed its awards Saturday night during a ceremony in Park City. The top jury awards went to Beasts of the Southern Wild (drama) and The House I Live In (documentary). Beasts, a breakout feature from director Benh Zeitlin about a six-year-old girl living with her impoverished father near the Mississippi delta, has been picked up for distribution by Fox Searchlight. House, from director Eugene Jarecki, explores the injustices of America's 40-year war on drugs.
Audience awards went to The Surrogate, the drama starring John Hawkes as a man in an iron lung who attempts to lose his virginity, and Searching for Sugar Man, the documenatary about a quest to figure out what happened to an elusive rock star. Both movies found domestic distributors at the festival, with Fox Searchlight paying $6 million for Surrogate and Sony Pictures Classics grabbing Sugar Man for a mid-six figures price tag.
The full list of winners is below (in the order in which they were announced).
World Cinema Jury Special Prize, Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul
World Cinema Documentary Editing: Indie Game: The Movie, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky
World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary: The Law in These Parts, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize:, Can, Rasit Celikezer
World Cinema Cinematography Award, Drama: David Raedeker, My Brother the Devil
World Cinema Cinematography Award, Documentary: Lars Skree, Putin's Kiss
World Cinema Directing Award, Documentary: Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, 5 Broken Cameras
Best of Next Audience Award: Sleepwalk With Me, Mike Birbiglia
Audience Award, Shorts: The Debutante Hunters, Maria White
Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul
Audience Award, World Cinema: Valley of Saints, Musa Syeed
Audience Award, U.S. Documentary: The Invisible War, Kirby Dick
Audience Award, U.S. Drama: The Surrogate, Ben Lewin
World Cinema Jury Prize, Drama: Violeta Went to Heaven
World Cinema Directing Award, Drama: Teddy Bear, Mads Matthiesen
World Cinema Screenwriting Award, Drama: Young & Wild, Marialy Rivas, Camila Gutierrez, Pedro Periano, Sebastian Sepulveda
World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary: The Law in These Parts
Special Jury Prizes, U.S. Documentary: Love Free or Die and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing: Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling, Smashed and Nobody Walks
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting: The Surrogate
Excellence in Cinematography, U.S. Documentary: Chasing Ice, Jeff Orlowski
Excellence in Cinematography, U.S. Dramatic: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ben Richardson
U.S. Documentary Editing Award: Detropia, Enat Sidi
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Safety Not Guaranteed, Derek Connolly
U.S. Directing Award: The Queen of Versailles, Lauren Greenfield
U.S. Directing Award: Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay
Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: The House I Live In, Eugene Jarecki
Grand Jury Prize, Drama: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
The festival previously announced the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Films nod went to Robot and Frank and Valley of Saints.