by HFPA January 29, 2012

  Congratulations to the Sundance Film Festival winners!!!

The HFPA is proud to be an annual supporter of the Sundance Institute and their ongoing artistic development programs which nurtures emerging independent-minded filmmakers, many of whom go on to participate in the annual Sundance Film Festival.

“Every year the Sundance Film Festival brings to light exciting new directions and fresh voices in independent film, and this year is no different,” said festival director John Cooper at the awards ceremony. “While these awards further distinguish those that have had the most impact on audiences and our jury, the level of talent showcased across the board at the Festival was really impressive, and all are to be congratulated and thanked for sharing their work with us.”

This year’s awards include:

Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Documentary: THE HOUSE I LIVE IN.

Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.

Audience Award,  U.S. Documentary: THE INVISIBLE WAR / U.S.A.

Audience Award, U.S. Dramatic: THE SURROGATE / U.S.A.

World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary: THE LAW IN THESE PARTS/ Israel.

World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic: VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN/ Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain.

World Cinema Audience Award, Documentary: SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN/ Sweden, United Kingdom.

World Cinema Audience Award, Dramatic: VALLEY OF SAINTS / India, U.S.A.

The Best of NEXT <=> Audience Award: SLEEPWALK WITH ME / U.S.A.

Directing Award, Dramatic:?MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

Directing Award, Documentary:?THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES.

World Cinema Directing Award, Dramatic: TEDDY BEAR.

World Cinema Directing Award, Documentary:?5 BROKEN CAMERAS.

Waldo Scott Screenwriting Award:?SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.

World Cinema Screenwriting Award:?YOUNG & WILD.

Special Jury Prize, producing: SMASHED.

Special Jusy Prize, ensemble cast: THE SURROGATE.


Earlier in the festival, the Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards were presented in recognition of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world and the projects they are developing:  Etienne Kallos/ VRYSTAAT (FREE STATE) from South Africa; Ariel Kleiman/ PARTISAN, from Australia; Dominga Sotomayor/ LATE TO DIE YOUNG, from Chile; and Shonali Bose/ MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, from India.