Sunday, 31 January 2016


The evening of the 30th of January 2016 could go down in history as a watershed for diversity in the American film industry. Alongside an astonishing display of support for inclusion from the Screen Actors Guild, there were wins in a similar vein at the conclusion of the Sundance Film Festival. Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation won both jury and audience awards in the U.S. Dramatic section of the fest, and there were acting awards for Craig Robinson for Morris from America and Joe Seo for Spa Night. Furthermore, both top jury awards in the World Cinema sections were presented to women. What a heartening show of support for progression in American film. Check out all the winners right here:

U.S. Dramatic Awards

Grand Jury Prize
The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker)

Special Jury Prize
As You Are (Miles Joris-Peyrafitte)

Directing Award
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Swiss Army Man)

Special Jury Award - Individual Performance
Melanie Lynskey (The Intervention)
Craig Robinson (Morris from America)

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
Chad Hartigan (Morris from America)

Special Jury Award - Breakthrough Performance
Joe Seo (Spa Night)

Audience Award
The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker)

U.S. Documentary Awards

Grand Jury Prize
Weiner (Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg)

Directing Award
Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated)

Special Jury Award - Writing
Robert Greene (Kate Plays Christine)

Special Jury Award - Editing
Penny Lane and Thom Stylinski (Nuts!)

Special Jury Award - Social Impact Filmmaking
Trapped (Dawn Porter)

Special Jury Award - Verite Filmmaking
The Bad Kids (Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe)

Audience Award
Jim: The James Foley (Brian Oakes)

World Cinema Dramatic Awards

Grand Jury Prize
Sand Storm (Elite Zexer)

Directing Award
Felix van Groeningen (Belgica)

Special Jury Award - Acting
Manolo Cruz and Vicky Hernandez (Between Sea and Land)

Special Jury Award - Screenwriting
Ines Bortagaray and Ana Katz (My Friend from the Park)

Special Jury Award - Unique Vision and Design
The Lure (Agnieszka Smoczynska)

Audience Award
Between Sea and Land (Manolo Cruz and Carlos del Castillo)

World Cinema Documentary Awards

Grand Jury Prize
Sonita (Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami)

Directing Award
Michal Marczak (All These Sleepless Nights)

Special Jury Award - Cinematography
Pieter-Jan de Pue (The Land of the Enlightened)

Special Jury Award - Editing
Kamitsuna Mako and John Maringouin (We Are X)

Special Jury Award for Debut Feature
Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel (When Two Worlds Collide)

Audience Award
Sonita (Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami)

Other Awards

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)

Best of Next Audience Award
First Girl I Loved (Kerem Sanga)