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2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Top Prizes Go To Minari, Boys State, Epicentro, and Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness
Minari, Crip Camp, The Reason I Jump, and Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) Win Audience Awards
Park City, UT — After 10 days and 128 feature films, the 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, with jurors presenting 28 prizes for feature filmmaking. Honorees, named in total below, represent new achievements in global independent storytelling. Bold, intimate, and humanizing stories prevailed across categories, with Grand Jury Prizes awarded to Minari (U.

Here’s What the Sundance Team Is Looking For in Your Artist Application

It can be an arduous, often inscrutable process to find and secure creative support. As part of Sundance Institute’s online learning community, Sundance Co//ab—and in an effort to demystify the application experience—Sundance Institute’s team of artist program
staff convened to talk about the myths, insights, and realities of applying for labs and grants.
These are the people who
know the ins and outs of the Sundance Institute labs and application process, as well as other means of artist support
within the organization.

The Threat of Deportation Looms Large for an Immigrant Teen in ‘La Leyenda Negra’

Patricia Vidal Delgado’s first feature film follows senior Aleteia (Monica Betancourt), who’s just transferred to Compton High School. She’s more interested in continuing her underground activism than making friends, although she’s careful not to jeopardize her all-important scholarship to UCLA.
When she’s paired up with the popular Rosarito (Kailei Lopez) for a school assignment, she’s surprised to be taken under the other girl’s wing.

In ‘Mucho Mucho Amor,’ Get to Know the Fabulous TV Astrologer Who Was a Staple in Latinx Homes for 30 Years

“For myself as a young queer person growing up in Miami, seeing Walter on TV living his life so valiantly, so unabashedly himself, gave me hope,” said Mucho Mucho Amor co-director Kareem Tabsch at a Sundance Film Festival screening of his new documentary. “I saw in him a sense of otherness and difference that I recognized in myself. And it was incredibly powerful.

Satirical ‘Save Yourselves!’ Challenges Tech-Dependent Millennials to Survive an Apocalypse

“I really love this film not [only] because it is funny, not [only] because it gave us a breath of fresh air, but it’s also a really smart film,” said senior programmer John Nein at the Wednesday screening of Save Yourselves! “It’s a very, very clever satirical idea of urban culture, of social connectedness, of narcissism. It made us think; it made us laugh.”
The story begins with young Brooklyn couple Jack and Su coming to the realization that they need to disconnect from the technology they’ve become overly dependent on.

Fall in Love with Nepal in ‘The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me’

The first thing you’ll experience in The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me is the single gong of a bell. In Buddhist tradition, bells are often used to begin meditation sessions, to ward off negativity, and to bring listeners back to the present moment. And that’s precisely what this bell sound does for the viewers—invites them into a new space.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Presents Feature Film Prize to Tesla, Announces New Grants to Artists at 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Winners of Commissioning Grant, Episodic Storytelling Grant and Lab Fellowship Revealed
Director-Screenwriter Michael Almereyda Honored
Park City, Utah — At a reception at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival today, the beneficiaries of $70,000 in grants from Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation were revealed. Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P.

‘Minari’ Breaks Down Preconceptions of Rural Life, Korean American Immigrant Life to Find the Universal

“There are more people in this crowd than in the town where I grew up,” explained director Lee Isaac Chung at the Eccles Theatre before the second Sundance Film Festival screening of his feature Minari.
The film is a very personal story for Chung, based on memories from when he was six years old and growing up in rural Arkansas. “I thought, I just want to throw it all out there and go for the film that I’ve always wanted to make.

Bryan Fogel Returns to the Festival with ‘The Dissident’

In the chilling documentary The Dissident, director Bryan Fogel explores the events leading up to the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Fogel’s previous film, Icarus, won an Academy Award and a 2017 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize.
During a Q&A at this year’s Fest, he told the audience why he decided to make a film about Khashoggi.

​In ‘Some Kind of Heaven,’ a Young Filmmaker Cracks the Manicured Facade of the World’s Largest Retirement Community​

Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 24-year-old filmmaker Lance Oppenheim and his sister/producer, Melissa, were surrounded by retirement homes. “It’s impossible to not hear about The Villages when you’re growing up in Florida,” he said at the premiere of his debut feature-length documentary, Some Kind of Heaven.
He’s not kidding: The Villages, the nation’s largest retirement community, stretches out over 30 square miles, comprised of identical little houses arranged in perfectly arranged little rows, occasionally punctuated by a community swimming pool or a golf course.

Shorts Awards Announced at 2020 Sundance Film Festival

So What If The Goats Die Wins Grand Jury Prize
Park City, Utah — Winners of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival jury prizes in short filmmaking were announced tonight by Sundance Institute at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. The Short Film Grand Jury Prize, awarded to one film in the program of 74 shorts selected from a record high 10,397 submissions, went to So What If The Goats Die, directed and written by Sofia Alaoui. The Short Film program is presented by Southwest Airlines®.

Eugene Ashe and Cast Create a New Classic with Period Romance ‘Sylvie’s Love’

Getting a lush, classic look for jazz-infused period romance Sylvie’s Love—set in New York City in the ’50s and ’60s—was key for writer/director Eugene Ashe.
When an audience member told Ashe she felt like she just saw a new classic at the film’s premiere, he was thrilled. “We shot the entire thing in Los Angeles for New York, and we did a lot on the classic backlots,” he said.

Michael Almereyda’s ‘Tesla’ Was Inspired by Derek Jarman—and ‘Drunk History’

Before the world premiere of his new movie, Tesla, Michael Almereyda had some words of caution for the audience. “It’s not a conventional biopic of a neurotic mathematical inventor, so you can run for the door if you expect that,” he said. “What you’re about to see is influenced by a lot of literature written on Tesla, but also movies by Derek Jarman, novels by Henry James, and certain episodes of Drunk History.