The Sundance Film Festival unveils award winners for its 2022 edition on Friday afternoon, starting at. 14.00 PT. Like the rest of this year’s festival, which was forced to be virtual due to the recent Omicron rise, the awards ceremony is taking place on Twitter.
The winners will be announced in the competitions US Dramatic, US Documentary, World Dramatic and World Documentary as well as the side bars Next and Short Film. Audience prizes, grand jury prizes and special jury prizes will be awarded.
The early winners this evening include the jury’s grand prize in the World Dramatic Competition for Alejandro Loayza Grisis Main from Bolivia, one of the festival’s raves from Deadlines Todd McCarthy (read his review here).
Last year’s prices strengthened bona fides by CODA, who played in the US Dramatic Competition and was swept up by Apple in a party record deal of $ 25 million. The picture, directed by Siân Heder, also swept into the party’s awards night and received four trophies in total including the audience award, the director’s award, the grand jury award and a special jury award for the ensemble. It is now an Oscar frontrunner.
This year’s class is harder to measure, with acquisition activity somewhat subdued, and personal reactions to Park City views are not a factor. Still, Deadline broke big deals led again by Apple, which paid $ 15 million for world rights to Cooper Raiffs Cha Cha Real Smooth. Searchlight Pictures closed a deal worth about $ 7.5 million for US rights to Good luck to you, Leo Grandestarring Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack, while Sony Pictures Classics paid about $ 5 million for North American and some international territorial rights to the Bill Nighy star Live.
On the documentary side, National Geographic took up The fire of love in a mid-seven-digit world rights agreement, which it followed with acquiring The territory.
Below is a list of this year’s winners as they are revealed. Keep checking back while we update.
WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Special jury prize: Excellence In Verité Filmmaking
Instructor: Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
DRAMATIC COMPETITION IN WORLD SHINES
The jury’s grand prize
Main (Bolvia / Uruguay / France)
Director and script: Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Special jury prize: Acting
Two seasons (Mexico)
Framing by Agnes (Canada / USA)
Instructor: Chase Joynt
SHORT FILM PRICES
The jury’s grand prize
The headhunter’s daughter (Phillipines)
Director-Author: Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan
Jury Prize: US Fiction
If I go, they will miss me (U.S)
Director-Author: Walter Thompson-Hernández
Jury Prize: International Fiction
Workshop (France / Lebanon)
Instructor-author: Dania Bdeir
Jury Prize: Non-fiction
Instructor-author: Samir Karahoda
Jury Prize: Animation
Instructor-Author: Joe Hsieh
Special jury prize: Ensemble crew
Zélia Duncan, Bruna Linzmeyer, Camila Rocha, Clarissa Ribeiro and Lorre Motta
A wild patience has brought me here (Brazil)
Instructor-author: Erica Sarmet
Special jury prize: Manuscript writing
Sara the driver
Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver (U.S)
Instructors: Lewie Kloster, Noah Kloster; Author: Sara Driver
PREVIOUS PUBLIC WINNERS
Alfred P. Sloan feature film award
Sundance Institute | Amazon Studios Producers Award for nonfiction
Su Kim, Free Chol Soo Lee (American Documentary Competition)
Sundance Institute | Amazon Studios Producers Award for Fiction
Amanda Marshall, Land of God (Premiere)
Sundance Institute | Adobe Mentorship Award for professional literature editing
Sundance Institute | Adobe Mentorship Award for Fiction Editing
Sundance Institute | NHK Award
Hasan Hadi, The President’s Cake