This year’s Sundance Film Festival drew to a close at the weekend and the winners have been announced (see below for a full list) and in the vein of our Oscar Poll I thought I’d combine the list with a poll to find out which previous Sundance winners are your favourites. I’ve gone through the award winners from the previous 15 years and picked one fairly well known title from each year as there are so many awards to choose from and just going by Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic gave some odd results (plus it wasn’t awarded once or twice).

As ever let us know your Sundance-related thoughts in the comments section.

Which is the best Sundance favourite of the last 15 years?

  • Once (67%, 2 Votes)
  • In the Company of Men (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Pi (0%, 0 Votes)
  • American Movie (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Long Night's Journey into Day (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dogtown and Z-Boys (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Real Women Have Curves (0%, 0 Votes)
  • American Splendor (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Primer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Murderball (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 13 Tzameti (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Frozen River (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Precious (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Restrepo (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Like Crazy (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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Sundance Award Winners From 2012

• Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – The House I Live In
• Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – Beasts of the Southern Wild
• World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary – The Law in These Parts
• World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic – Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta se Fue a Los Cielos)
• Audience Award: U.S. Documentary – The Invisible War
• Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic – The Surrogate
• World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary – Searching for Sugar Man
• World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic – Valley of Saints
• Best of NEXT Audience Award – Sleepwalk with Me
• U.S. Directing Award: Documentary – The Queen of Versailles
• U.S. Directing Award: Dramatic – Middle Of Nowhere
• World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary – 5 Broken Cameras
• World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic – Teddy Bear
• 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: Documentary – Putin’s Kiss
• World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic – My Brother the Devil
• 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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4 Responses

  1. David Brook

    I was quite surprised when collating this poll that a lot of the films that get all the ‘buzz’ from Sundance don’t often win the awards as there weren’t quite as many well known indie-crossovers as I’d expected. There are still some great titles in there though – I voted for In The Company of Men. I love Murderball, American Splendor, Pi and Dogtown and Z-Boys, but In the Company of Men just stuck with me more I think and is more consistent than some of them.

  2. David Brook

    No it’s a mixture of award winners. You’d be surprised – loads of classic indie films play at Sundance but the awards are actually given out to some of the lesser known ones. I’ve only done one a year though from the last 15 years, so there are some great ones from the 90’s missing and one or two years had a bumper crop.

  3. David Brook

    I still haven’t seen Once actually – I’ve got it though. Need to get it watched. I thought you’d go for In the Company of Men – thought you were a big Labute fan, or is Once that good?


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