Sundance 2007 Official Winners Announced

January 28, 2007

Although I'm not in agreement with all the choices and they're missing some key ones like The Good Life, the lists are up and the judges and audiences have decided. The official winners of the Sundance 2007 Film Festival have been announced. The big winners are Manda Bala for Grand Jury Prize Documentary and Padre Nuestro for Grand Jury Prize Drama. I didn't see Manda Bala, but I don't think Padre Nuestro deserves the win. Read on for the full list!

Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: Manda Bala, directed by Jason Kohn

Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: Padre Nuestro, directed by Christopher Zalla

The World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary: Enemies of Happiness, directors Eva Mulvad and Anja Al Erhayem.

The World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic: Sweet Mud, directed by Dror Shaul.

World Cinema Documentary Competition Special Jury Prize: Hot House, directed by Shimon Dotan.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition Special Jury Prize: The Legacy, directors Géla Babluani and Temur Babluani.

Independent Film Documentary Competition Special Jury Prize: No End in Sight, directed by Charles Ferguson, "in recognition of the film as timelywork that clearly illuminates the misguided policy decisions that have led to the catastrophic quagmire of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq."

Special Jury Prize for Singularity of Vision: Chris Smith, The Pool

Special Jury Prize for Acting, Independent Dramatic Film: Jess Weixler, for Teeth and Tamara Podemski for Four Sheets to the Wind

Excellence in Cinematography, Documentary: Heloisa Passos, for Manda Bala

Excellence in Cinematographcy, Dramatic: Joshua, Benoit Debie

Independent Film Competition Documentary Jury, Editing: Hibah Sherif Frisina, Charlton McMillian, and Michael Schweitzer for their work on the film Nanking.

Waldo Scott Screenwriting Award: Grace is Gone, James C. Strouse

Independent Film Competition, Directing, Documentary: War/Dance, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Independent Film Competition, Directing, Dramatic: Rocket Science, Jeffrey Blitz


Audience Award, Documentary: Hear and Now, directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

Audience Award, Dramatic: Grace is Gone, directed by James C. Strouse

The World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary: In the Shadow of the Moon, directed by David Sington.

World Cinema Audience Award for Dramatic Film: Once, helmed by John Carney.

The Alfred P. Sloan prize for a feature film with science as a theme, or featuring a scientist or mathemetician main character, was awarded to Dark Matter, directed by Chen Shi-Zeng and written by Billy Shebar. As the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan prize, the film receives a $20,000 award.

The Shorts Special Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking: Freeheld, by director Cynthia Wade.

Jury Prize for International Short: The Tube With a Hat, directed by Radu Jude from Romania.

Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking was awarded to Everything Will Be OK, directed by Don Hertzfeldt.

My congratulations go to all the winners and especially Jess Weixler! Until next year…

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1 Comment


JOSHUA It’s not surprising that “Joshua” was an official selection for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. “Joshua” is an emotional magnet; viewers sympathize with all of the characters, including the young, prodigious sociopath whose moniker titles the film. As compelling as it is tragic, “Joshua” highlights many ills of the domestic sphere, ranging from postpartum depression to child neglect. Vera Farmiga’s (Abby Cairn) portrayal of a mother suffering from postpartum depression is phenomenal; I found myself actually reacting to a character, loathing her for her lack of sense. Such a reaction I find to be a rarity in modern cinema, as few actors can pull viewers into a dimension where lines, sets, and character pretenses become what they are meant to be – a story devoid of actors and rich with humanity.

katie on Jul 12, 2007

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