2021 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners Announced

And the winners are…

Let’s not kid ourselves, anyone who has their film selected and showcased at The Sundance Film Festival is already a winner, however, there still has to be formalities involved. The annual award ceremony is one of them.

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt hosted and 2021 Sundance Award ceremony. See the virtual event here.

“It has been a privilege to help this work meet new audiences and enter the culture with such fanfare, especially now, when breaking through the noise is harder than ever.”-TABITHA JACKSON, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Siân Heder’s CODA was awarded the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, and Questlove’s Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) took home the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary. (Both films also took home their respective audience awards!)

Top jury prizes in our World Cinema Competition went to Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s documentary Flee and Blerta Basholli’s feature Hive (another audience award winner).

See the full list of projects the Sundance jury and the audiences selected.

This year’s jurors, invited in recognition of their accomplishments in the arts, technical craft, and visionary storytelling, deliberated extensively before presenting awards from the stage; this year’s feature film jurors were Julie Dash, Cynthia Erivo, Hanya Yanagihara, Ashley Clark, Joshua Oppenheimer, Lana Wilson, Zeynep Atakan, Isaac Julien, Daniela Vega, Kim Longinotto, Mohamed Saïd Ouma, and Jean Tsien. Kate and Laura Mulleavy served as co-jurors for NEXT.

Shorts jurors were Raúl Castillo, Tacita Dean, and Inge de Leeuw. A newly-created award, the Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award for U.S. Documentary, has been created to memorialize the late editor and joins the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for U.S. Dramatic as a prize named for a beloved member of the Sundance artistic community. This year’s Audience Awards were presented by Sundance alumni Alison Brie, Shira Haas, and Diego Luna.

For more information on the 2021 Sundance Film Festival please visit www.sundance.org



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Tammy Reese is an award winning actress and writer. She currently serves on the Communications Committee for New York Women In Film and Television.