Here Are The Winners From The 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Here Are The Winners From The 2016 Sundance Film Festival

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival has come to an end. With the success of slave-revolt film The Birth of a Nation –which sold to Fox Searchlight in a historic deal for $17.5 million – and breakout performances from Tika Sumpter as First Lady Michelle Obama in Southside With You and Charlie Heaton as emerging teen Mark in As You Are, it is safe to say that the film festival was a success.

Sundance held several competitions, including U.S. Dramatic, U.S. Documentary, World Dramatic, World Documentary and Shorts.

Unsurprisingly, Nate Parker's depiction of 1831 slave rebellion leader Nat Turner won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for a narrative film and won the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic. "Thank you Lord, thank you Sundance," Parker said when accepting the awards, according to Deadline. "I've seen first-hand that people are open to the idea of change, and the fact that this is happening means everything to me."

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Weiner, the film depicting the sexting scandal and downfall of former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, won the U.S. documentary grand prize. "We didn't know this would happen and it's incredible. Being around all you filmmakers is heartwarming," Weiner director Elyse Steinberg said, according to the Sundance official live blog. "To all the supporters out there...and Sundance institute. There have been so many people who supported this film."

 The film was directed by Steinberg and Josh Kriegman. 

Roger Ross Williams, the director of Life, Animated, a documentary about an autistic man who memorized Disney animated movies in order to communicate after years of silence, won a directing award at Sundance.

"Alright, I'm overwhelmed. You know in the age of #OscarSoWhite and lack of diversity in Hollywood, I want to thank the Institute for thinking of artists like me," Williams, the first African-American director to win an Oscar in 2010, said while accepting the award. "You [are] never directing [in] a vacuum so I want to thank my producer, my editor...everyone who worked on this film. Owen Suskind is an amazing individual. He taught me that people with autism have so much to teach the world. Thank you so much."

Women ran away with the World Cinema category, with Israeli director Elite Zexer winning the dramatic grand jury award for Sand Storm, Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska winning the Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design for The Lure and Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami winning the documentary grand jury award for Sonita.

"The award was when I started working with Sonita every day. She awarded me with emotion," Ghaem Maghami said during her acceptance speech. "She was the daughter I never had. It's great to be at Sundance. We are so happy. Thank you so much."

Below is the full list of the Sundance winners, according to ABC News.

U.S. DRAMATIC

Audience Award
Birth Of A Nation
Nate Parker

Grand Jury Prize
Birth Of A Nation
Nate Parker

Directing
Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Swiss Army Man

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
Chad Hartigan
Morris From America

Special Jury Award – Individual Performance
Melanie Lynskey
The Intervention

Special Jury Award – Individual Performance
Craig Robinson
Morris from America

Special Jury Award – Breakthrough Performance
Joe Seo
Spa Night

Special Jury Award
As You Are
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

U.S. DOCUMENTARY

Grand Jury Prize
Weiner
Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman

Audience Award
Jim: The James Foley Story
Brian Oakes

Directing
Roger Ross Williams
Life, Animated

Special Jury Award – Vérité Filmmaking
The Bad Kids
Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe

Special Jury Award – Writing
Kate Plays Christine
Robert Greene

Special Jury Award – Social Impact Filmmaking
Trapped
Dawn Porter

NEXT Audience Award
First Girl I Loved
Kerem Sanga

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC

Audience Award
Between Sea and Land / Colombia
Directors: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo

Grand Jury Prize
Sand Storm / Israel
Director: Elite Zexer

Directing Award
Belgica / Belgium-France-Netherlands
Felix van Groeningen

Special Jury Award – Unique Vision and Design
The Lure / Poland
Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska 

Special Jury Award – Screenwriting
Mi Amiga Del Parque / Argentina-Uruguay
Screenwriters: Inés Bortagaray, Ana Katz

Special Jury Award – Acting
Vicky Hernandéz, Manolo Cruz
Between Sea and Land / Colombia

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY

Grand Jury Prize
Sonita / Germany-Iran-Swizerland
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Directing
All These Sleepless Nights / Poland
Michal Marczak

Special Jury Award – Best Editing
We Are X / UK-U.S.-Japan
Editors: Mako Kamitsuna, John Maringouin

Special Jury Award – Best Cinematography
The Land Of The Enlightened / Belgium
DP: Pieter-Jan De Pue

Special Jury Award – Best Debut Feature
When Two Worlds Collide / Peru
Directors: Mathew Orzel, Heidi Brandenburg

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Embrace of the Serpent<
Directed by Ciro Guerra

SHORT FILM PRIZES

Short Film Grand Jury Prize
Thunder Road / U.S.
Director and screenwriter: Jim Cummings

Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
The Procedure / U.S.
Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
Maman(s) / France
Director and screenwriter: Maïmouna Doucouré

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
Bacon & God's Wrath / Canada
Director: Sol Friedman

Short Film Jury Award: Animation
Edmond / UK
Director and screenwriter: Nina Gantz

Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance
Grace Glowicki
Her Friend Adam

Short Film Special Jury Award for Best Direction
Peacock / Czech Republic
Director: Ondrej Hudecek, Screenwriters: Jan Smutny, Ondrej Hädecke

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