The 2018 Sundance Film Festival drew to a close this evening with the announcement of the annual fest’s award winners, care of a free-wheeling ceremony hosted by Jason Mantzoukas, who stars in Hannah Fidell’s Sundance comedy “The Long Dumb Road.”
The Grand Jury Prizes, considered Sundance’s biggest honor, went to Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” (U.S. Dramatic), Derek Doneen’s “Kailash” (U.S. Documentary), Tolga Karaçelik’s “Butterflies” (World Cinema Dramatic), and Talal Derki’s “Of Fathers and Sons” (World Cinema Documentary).
Each year, the festival’s juries give out directing prizes in each of the four competition categories. This year, each directing prize went to a female filmmaker, including Sara Colangelo, Alexandria Bombach, Sandi Tan, and Isold Uggadottir. The festival’s dedicated screenwriting prize, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, also went to another female filmmaker: Christina Choe, who made the Andrea Riseborough-starring drama “NANCY.”
The awards are meant to recognize “standout artistic and story elements” and are voted on by each of seven section juries, including, in the case of the new-this-year NEXT Innovator’s Award, a jury of one. Check out the full jury lists right here.
As in years past, festival audiences had a role in deciding the 2018 Audience Awards, and recognized five films in the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and NEXT categories. This year, audiences also voted on a Festival Favorite film across categories, which will be announced the week following the festival.
This year’s Audience Award winners include Andrew Heckler’s “Burden” (U.S. Dramatic), Rudy Valdez’s “The Sentence” (U.S. Documentary), Gustav Möller’s “The Guilty” (World Cinema Dramatic), Alexandra Shiva’s “This Is Home” (World Cinema Documentary), and Aneesh Chaganty’s “Search” (NEXT).
IndieWire will be updating each award as it’s announced live, and you’ll be able to see the full list of winners below.
U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”
U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize: “Kailash”
World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize: “Butterflies”
World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize: “Of Fathers and Sons”
U.S. Dramatic Directing Award: Sara Colangelo, “The Kindergarten Teacher”
U.S. Documentary Directing Award: Alexandria Bombach, “On Her Shoulders”
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting: Benjamin Dickey, “Blaze”
Courtesy of Sundance Institute, photo by Steve Cosens.
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking: “I Think We’re Alone Now”
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature: Reinaldo Marco Green, “Monsters and Men”
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling: “Three Identical Strangers”
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking: “Minding the Gap”
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision: “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking: “Crime + Punishment”
World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award: Isold Uggadottir, “And Breathe Normally”
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting: “Dead Pigs”
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting: “Time Share”
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting: Valeria Bertuccelli, “The Queen of Fear”
World Cinema Documentary Directing Award: Sandi Tan, “Shirkers”
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing: “Our New President”
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography: “Genesis 2.0”
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”
U.S. Dramatic Audience Award: “Burden”
U.S. Documentary Audience Award: “The Sentence”
World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award: “The Guilty”
World Cinema Documentary Audience Award: “This Is Home”
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Christina Choe, “NANCY”
NEXT Audience Award: “Search”
NEXT Innovator Award: “Night Comes On” and “We the Animals” (TIE)
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize: Alfred P. Sloan Prize: “Search” (previously announced)
You can watch the ceremony on the festival’s official YouTube page and embedded below.
The full list of previously announced short film winners is right here.