Leading the way with four nominations is Behn Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Zeitlin participated in the 2011 Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Labs and the film was awarded the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Feature Film category.
"The eight Sundance Institute-supported films that are nominated for this year's Academy Awards show that independent voices are impacting our culture and being recognized as such," said Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam. "We are pleased to have been among the first to support these films and connect them with audiences, and we congratulate all for their many achievements leading up to this point."
The following is a list of the eight Sundance films and the nominations. All of the films, with the exception of "No," were screened during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. "No" was part of the 2013 event.
Best Actress — Quvenzhané Wallis
Best director — Behn Zeitlin
Best adapted Screenplay — Lucy Alibar & Behn Zeitlin
Best original song — "Before My Time," music and lyrics by J. Ralph
Documentary Feature — filmmakers David France and Howard Gertler
Documentary Feature — filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
Documentary Feature — filmmakers Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
Documentary Feature — filmmakers Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon.
Documentary feature — filmmakers Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn
Documentary Short — filmmakers Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Best actress — Helen Hunt
Best Foreign film — filmmakers Pablo Larrain and Pedro Peirano
Compiled by Scott Iwasaki