Film News: ‘Nanny’ is Top U.S. Film at 2022 Sundance Film Festival

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CHICAGO – The 2022 Sundance Film Festival announced their Grand Jury Prizes on January 28th, and the top films were “Nanny” (U.S. Dramatic), “The Exiles” (U.S. Documentary), “Utama” (World Cinema Dramatic) and “All That Breathes” (World Cinema Documentary).

After nine days, 84 feature films and 59 Short Films, honors were also given for Audience Awards, Festival Favorite Award, Jury Awards for Directing, Screenwriting & Editing and Special Jury Awards.

The list of all award winners are below.

StarGrand Jury Prize

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U.S. Dramatic: “Nanny” directed by Nikyatu Jusu

U.S. Documentary: “The Exiles,” directed by Ben Klein & Violet Columbus

World Cinema Dramatic:: “Utama” (Bolivia/Uraguay/France) directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi

World Cinema Documentary: “All That Breathes” (India/UK) directed by Shaunak Sen

StarAudience Awards

Cha Cha Real Smooth
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U.S. Dramatic: “Cha Cha Real Smooth” directed by Cooper Raif

U.S. Documentary: “Nalvany” directed by Daniel Roher

World Cinema Dramatic:: “Girl Picture” (Finland) directed by Alli Haapasalo

World Cinema Documentary: “The Territory” (Brazil/Denmark/USA) directed by Alex Pritz

NEXT (New/Innovative Filmmakers): “Framing Agnes” (Canada) directed by Chase Joint

StarDirecting, Screenwriting & Editing Jury Awards

Palm Trees and Power Lines
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Directing, U.S. Dramatic: “Palm Trees and Power Lines” directed by Jamie Dack

Directing, U.S. Documentary: “ I Didn’t See You There directed by Reid Davenport

Directing, World Cinema Dramatic: “Klondike” (Ukraine/Turkey) directed by Maryna Er Gorbach

Directing, World Cinema Documentary: “ A House Made of Splinters” (Denmark) directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont

Screenwriting U.S. Dramatic, Waldo Salt Award: “Emergency” written by K.D. Dávila

Editing U.S. Documentary, Jonathan Oppenheim Award: “Fire of Love” edited by Erin Caspar & Jocelyne Chaput

StarSpecial Jury Awards

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U.S. Dramatic, Ensemble Cast: ““892”

U.S. Dramatic, Uncompromising Artistic Vision: “blood” directed by Bradley Rust Gray

U.S. Documentary, Impact for Change: “Aftershock” directed by Paula Eiselt & Tonya Lewis Lee

U.S. Documentary, Creative Vision: “Descendant” directed by Margaret Brown

World Cinema, Vérité Filmmaking: “Midwives” (Myanmar) directed by Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing

World Cinema, Documentary Craft: “The Territory” (Brazil/Denmark/USA) directed by Alex Pritz

World Cinema, Innovative Spirit Dramatic: “Leonor Will Never Die” (Philippines) directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar

World Cinema Acting: Teresa Sanchez for “Dos Estaciones” (Mexico) directed by Juan Pablo González

StarNEXT Award

Framing Agnes (Canada), Directed by Chase Joynt
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StarShort Film Awards

The Headhunter’s Daughter
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Grand Jury: “The Headhunter’s Daughter” (Philippines), directed by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan

Jury – U.S. Fiction: “If I Go Will They Miss Me” directed by Walter Thompson-Hernández

Jury – International Fiction: “Warsha” (France/Lebanon), directed by Dania Bdeir

Jury – Nonfiction: “Displaced” (Kosovo), directed by Samir Karahoda

Jury – Animated: “Night Bus” (Taiwan), directed by Joe Hsieh

Special Jury – Ensemble Cast: “A wild patience has taken me here” (Brazil), directed by Érica Sarmet

Special Jury – Screenwriting: “Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver” (USA), written by Sara Driver

The virtual 2022 Sundance Film Festival continues through January 30th. For tickets, schedule and all information click on senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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