Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sundance Film Festival And The 2009 Festival Winners


The Sundance film festival has become the premier independent American film festival and film market. The film festival started in 1978 as a way to attract more visitors to Utah. The focus of the festival has been to showcase independent films from filmmakers outside the Hollywood mainstream.

The Sundance Film Festival has since grown into a large American film market where many Hollywood celebrities attend films that are now backed by major Hollywood studios through their subsidiaries. The list below are the winners of the 2009 festival.

The Sundance film festival still remains a good way for a relatively unknown independent feature film director to get noticed by distributors. It is best to attend Sundance having won some other awards and with a "buzz" proceeding your film's arrival.

The 2009 winners of the Sundance Film Festival are listed below.


U.S. Cinema - Dramatic Films

Jury Prize - Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire

Audience Award - Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire

Directing - Cary Joji Fukunaga, Sin Nombre

Screenwriting - Nicholas Jasenovec and Charlyne Yi, Paper Heart

Cinematography - Adriano Goldman, Sin Nombre


U.S. Cinema - Documentary

Jury Prize - We Live in Public

Audience Award - The Cove

Directing - Natalia Almada, El General

Editing - Karen Schmeer, Sergio

Cinematography - Bob Richman, The September Issue


World Cinema - Dramatic Films

Jury Prize - The Maid

Audience Award - An Education

Directing - Oliver Hirschbiegel, Five Minutes of Heaven

Screenwriting - Guy Hibbert, Five Minutes of Heaven

Cinematography - John De Borman, An Education


World Cinema - Documentaries

Jury Prize - Rough Aunties

Audience Award - Afghan Star

Directing - Havana Marking, Afghan Star

Editor - Janus Billeskov Jansen, Thomas Papapetros, Burma VJ

Cinematography - John Maringouin, Big River Man


Special Jury Prizes

Originality - Benoit Delepine, Gustave de Kervern, Louise-Michel

World Cinema Documentary - Tibet in Song

World Cinema Acting - Catalina Saavedra, The Maid

U.S. Documentary - Good Hair

Acting - Mo'Nique, Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire

Spirit of Independence - Humpday


Short Films

U.S. Jury Prize - Short Term 12

International Jury Prize - Lies




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