"Manda Bala" and "Padre Nuestro" take top Sundance honors
The 2007 Sundance Film Festival Award-Winners are:
Grand Jury Prize: Documentary – MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET), directed by Jason Kohn
The Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic – PADRE NUESTRO, directed by Christopher Zalla
The World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary – ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS (VORES LYKKESFJENDER)/Denmark, directed by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al Erhayem
The World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic – SWEET MUD (ADAMA MESHUGAAT)/Israel, directed by Dror Shaul.
The Audience Award: Documentary – HEAR AND NOW, directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky
The Audience Award: Dramatic – GRACE IS GONE, directed by James C. Strouse.
The World Cinema Audience Awards – Documentary – IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON/United Kingdom, directed by David Sington.
The World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic – ONCE/Ireland, directed by John Carney.
The Directing Award: Documentary – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, directors of WAR/DANCE.
The Directing Award: Dramatic – Jeffrey Blitz, director of ROCKET SCIENCE.
2007 Cinematography Awards – Heloisa Passos for MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET) and Benoit Debie for JOSHUA
The Independent Documentary Editing Award – Hibah Sherif Frisina, Charlton McMillian, and Michael Schweitzer for their work on the film NANKING.
The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for outstanding achievement in writing – James C. Strouse for GRACE IS GONE.
Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking – DEATH TO THE TINMAN, directed by Ray Tintori; THE FIGHTING CHOLITAS, directed by Mariam Jobrani; MEN UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER BETTER (MARDHA HAMDIGAR RA BEHTAR MIFAHMAND)/Iran, directed by Marjan Alizadeh; MOTODROM/Germany, directed by Joerg Wagner; SPITFIRE 944 directed by William Lorton; and t.o.m./United Kingdom, directed by Tom Brown and Daniel Gray.
The Shorts Jury also presented a Special Jury Prize to the documentary short film FREEHELD, directed by Cynthia Wade.
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Hotel occupancy in the Park City area during Sundance is projected to drop dramatically from a typical year as organizers shift the event online.