On Day 5 of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival the annual Jury Prize shorts awards were announced which included director/screenwriter Ãlvaro Gago’s Matria along with Hair Wolf, The Trader and Emergency at their annual ceremony in Park City, Utah. The full list of recipients is just below.
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TheÂ Short Film Grand Jury Prize, awarded to one film in the program of 69 shorts selected from 8,740 submissions, went toÂ Matria, written and directed byÂ Ãlvaro Gago. Full video of the ceremony is atÂ youtube.com/sff. The Short Film program is presented by YouTube, as part of their ongoing support for emerging storytellers, unique voices and independent artists. 2018 marks the sixth year YouTube has been the official sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival Shorts program.
This year’s Short Film jurors areÂ Cherien Dabis,Â Shirley MansonÂ and Chris Ware.
Short Film awards winners in previous years includeÂ And so we put goldfish in the pool.Â by Makato Nagahisa,Â Thunder RoadÂ by Jim Cummings,Â World of TomorrowÂ by Don Hertzfeldt,Â SMILFÂ by Frankie Shaw,Â Of God and DogsÂ by Abounaddara Collective,Â Gregory Go Boomby Janicza Bravo,Â The WhistleÂ by Grzegorz Zariczny,Â WhiplashÂ by Damien Chazelle,Â FISHING WITHOUT NETSÂ by Cutter Hodierne,Â The Tsunami and the Cherry BlossomÂ by Lucy Walker andÂ The ArmÂ by Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos and Jessie Ennis.
The short film program at the Festival is the centerpiece of Sundance Institute’s year-round efforts to support short filmmaking. Select Festival short films are presented as a traveling program in over 70 cities in the U.S. and Canada each year, one of the few theatrical releases of short films in North America. Short films and filmmakers also take part in regional Master Classes geared towards supporting emerging shorts-makers in cities around the country.
2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Awards:
TheÂ Short Film Grand Jury PrizeÂ was awarded to:Â MatriaÂ / Spain (Director and screenwriter: Ãlvaro Gago) âFaced with a challenging daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter.
TheÂ Short Film Jury Award: U.S. FictionÂ was presented to:Â Hair WolfÂ / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Mariama Diallo) â In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
TheÂ Short Film Jury Award: International FictionÂ was presented to:Would You Look at HerÂ / Macedonia (Director and screenwriter: Goran Stolevski) â A hard-headed tomboy spots the unlikely solution to all her problems in an all-male religious ritual.
TheÂ Short Film Jury Award: Non-fictionÂ was presented to:Â The Trader (Sovdagari)Â / Georgia (Director: Tamta Gabrichidze) â Gela sells secondhand clothes and household items in places where money is potatoes.
TheÂ Short Film Jury Award: AnimationÂ was presented to:Â GLUCOSEÂ / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeron Braxton) â Sugar was the engine of the slave trade that brought millions of Africans to America. Glucose is sweet, marketable and easy to consume, but its surface satisfaction is a thin coating on the pain of many disenfranchised people.
AÂ Special Jury AwardÂ was presented to:Â EmergencyÂ / U.S.A. (Director: Carey Williams, Screenwriter: K.D. DÃ¡vila) â Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.
AÂ Special Jury AwardÂ was presented to:Â FauveÂ / Canada (Director and screenwriter: JÃ©rÃ©my Comte) â Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game, with Mother Nature as the sole observer.
AÂ Special Jury AwardÂ was presented to:Â For Nonna AnnaÂ / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Luis De Filippis) â A trans girl cares for her Italian grandmother. She assumes that her Nonna disapproves of her â but instead discovers a tender bond in their shared vulnerability.