Sundance Awards 2012 – the results

If you love watching something a little different to the mainstream conveyor-belt of tired ideas, then Sundance is for you. So which flicks were the best of Sundance 2012?

Sundance Film Festival pic.There’s quite a range of stuff here, and I’m super-happy that Indie Game: The Movie went away a winner, as the buzz about it in the week leading up to awards night was considerable – I even spotted Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich calling it “fantastic”.

If there’s one thing I will say, it’s that their awards stream – on their site – was horrible. Constantly cutting out and stuttering, trying to keep track of the ceremony was an absolute nightmare, at least in the UK – and that’s before and after troubleshooting my connection. Poor form, but I’m happy for both the Sundance organisers and those who won awards. Even happy for those who didn’t. Why? You got chosen for Sundance! So without further ado, the awards themselves.

Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic): Beasts of the Southern Wild

Grand Jury Prize (Documentary): The House I Live In

World Cinema Jury Prize (Dramatic): Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta se Fue a Los Cielos)

World Cinema Jury Prize (Documentary): The Law in These Parts

Audience Award (U.S. Dramatic): The Surrogate

Audience Award (U.S. Documentary): The Invisible War

World Cinema Audience Award (Dramatic): Valley of Saints

World Cinema Audience Award (Documentary): Searching for Sugar Man

Best of NEXT Audience Award: Sleepwalk with Me

U.S. Directing Award (Dramatic): Middle Of Nowhere

U.S. Directing Award (Documentary): The Queen of Versailles

World Cinema Directing Award (Dramatic): Teddy Bear

World Cinema Directing Award (Documentary): 5 Broken Cameras

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Safety Not Guaranteed

World Cinema Screenwriting Award: Young & Wild

U.S. Documentary Editing Award: Detropia

World Cinema Documentary Editing Award: Indie Game: The Movie

Excellence in Cinematography Award (U.S. Documentary): Chasing Ice

Excellence in Cinematography Award (U.S. Dramatic): Beasts of the Southern Wild

World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic: My Brother the Devil

World Cinema Cinematography Award (Documentary): Putin’s Kiss

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for an Agent of Change: Love Free or Die

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing: Smashed and Nobody Walks

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting: The Surrogate

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision: Can

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit: Searching for Sugar Man

Short Film Audience Award: The Debutante Hunters

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