Recently acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide for international distribution, the Miles Teller-led drama has earned very promising buzz amongst early viewers, and as a further sign of what we’ve all got to look forward to later this year, it has won both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic category and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic category. Clearly, it’s impressed critics and the wider festivalgoers alike, which certainly bodes well.
Alejandro Fernández Almendras’s drama, To Kill a Man, won the Jury’s vote in World Cinema Grand Jury Prize category, with Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s Ethiopia-set drama, Difret, taking home the Audience Award for World Cinema Drama.
Filmmaking cousins Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Rich Hill won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize in the documentary category, with Talal Derki’s Syria-set Return to Homs winning the equivalent prize in the World Cinema category.
Cutter Hodierne takes home the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category for his film, Fishing Without Nets, with Sophie Hyde winning the equivalent award for her work directing 52 Tuesdays.
Writer-director Justin Simien wins the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent for his debut feature film, Dear White People. And American indietronica band The Octupus Project takes home the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score for their work on Kumiko the Treasure Hunter.
Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman win the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for co-writing The Skeleton Twins, joining such esteemed alumni as Christopher Nolan and Noah Baumbach, and in more recent years, Colin Trevorrow for Safety Not Guaranteed and Lake Bell for In a World…
And Mike Cahill has gone two for two, following his award-winning debut, Another Earth, with his sci-fi drama, I Origins. The former won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, presented to an outstanding film that focuses on science or technology as a theme, when it debuted at the festival back in 2011, and now I Origins has won in the same category this year. The film was recently acquired by Fox Searchlight for worldwide distribution, including its domestic release in the US.
U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – Whiplash
U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – Rich Hill
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – To Kill a Man
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – Return to Homs
Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic presented by Acura – Whiplash
Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura – Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory
Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Difret
Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary – The Green Prince
Audience Award: Best of NEXT – Imperial Dreams
Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic – Fishing Without Nets / Cutter Hodierne
Directing Award: U. S. Documentary – The Case Against 8 / Ben Cotner & Ryan White
Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic – 52 Tuesdays / Sophie Hyde
Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary – 20,000 Days on Earth / Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic – Low Down / Christopher Blauvelt
Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary – E-TEAM / Ross Kauffman & Rachel Beth Anderson
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Lilting / Ula Pontikos
Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary – Happiness / Thomas Balmès & Nina Bernfeld
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent – Dear White People / Justin Simien
U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score – Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter / The Octopus Project
U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking – The Overnighters
U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Use of Animation – Watchers of the Sky
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance – God Help the Girl
World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery – We Come as Friends
Editing Award: U. S. Documentary – Watchers of the Sky
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary – 20,000 Days on Earth
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic – The Skeleton Twins / Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman
Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic – Blind / Eskil Vogt
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize – I Origins
Short Film Grand Jury Prize – Of God and Dogs
Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction – Gregory Go Boom
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction – The Cut
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction – I Think This is the Closest to How the Footage Looked
Short Film Jury Award: Animation – Yearbook
Short Film Special Jury Award for Unique Vision – Rat Pack Rat
Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-Fiction – Love. Love. Love.
Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting – Burger
Short Film Audience Award, Presented by YouTube – Chapel Perilous