Film Festival Coverage – Sundance 2014 Winners List

The Sundance Film Festival is always a very busy and important week for the film industry. At the festival, filmmakers present their projects in hopes to generate buzz and get a distribution deal.

Sundance typically generates some of the best films throughout the year and gives everyone in the industry an idea of the cinematic horizon ahead. One of the biggest winners in the competition category was director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash as it took home the two major honors.

Damien Chazelle (Photo Credit: Getty Images via GoldenGlobes.com)
Damien Chazelle (Photo Credit: Getty Images via GoldenGlobes.com)

Here is the complete list of winners for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (via GoldenGlobes.com):

U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Whiplash

U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Rich Hill

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
To Kill a Man

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Return to Homs

Audience Award: U. S. Dramatic presented by Acura
Whiplash

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura
Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic
Difret

Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary
The Green Prince

Audience Award: Best of NEXT
Imperial Dreams

Directing Award: U. S. Dramatic
Fishing Without Nets, Cutter Hodierne

Directing Award: U. S. Documentary
The Case Against 8, Ben Cotner & Ryan White

Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic
52 Tuesdays, Sophie Hyde

Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary
20,000 Days on Earth, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic
Low Down, Christopher Blauvelt

Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary
E-TEAM, Ross Kauffman & Rachel Beth Anderson

Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic
Lilting, Ula Pontikos

Cinematography Award: World Cinema Documentary
Happiness, Thomas Balmès & Nina Bernfeld

U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent
Dear White People, Justin Simien

U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, The Octopus Project

U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking
The Overnighters

U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Use of Animation
Watchers of the Sky

World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance
God Help the Girl

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery
We Come as Friends

Editing Award: U. S. Documentary 
Watchers of the Sky

Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary
20,000 Days on Earth

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic
The Skeleton Twins, Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in "The Skeleton Twins"
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins”

Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic
Blind, Eskil Vogt

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
I Origins

Short Film Grand Jury Prize
Of God and Dogs

Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction
Gregor/y Go Boom

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
The Cut

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
I Think This is the Closest to How the Footage Looked

Short Film Jury Award: Animation
Yearbook

Short Film Special Jury Award for Unique Vision
Rat Pack Rat

Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-Fiction
Love. Love. Love.

Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting
Burger

Short Film Audience Award, Presented by YouTube
Chapel Perilous

What do you think of these results? Are you interested in seeing any of these films? What do you think these results could mean for the rest of the film festival season? Do you think any of these films could be award contenders next year?

(Photo Credit: Getty Images via GoldenGlobes.com)
(Photo Credit: Getty Images via GoldenGlobes.com)

Source: GoldenGlobes.com

Festival Exclusive – Sundance 2014 Dramatic Film Selections Announced

The Sundance 2014 selections for the U.S. Dramatic Competition have officially been announced. These films all have various unique storylines and focus on different aspects of the genre. From this list of selected films, there are six that are already generating a lot of buzz.

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Kristen Stewart in “Camp X-Ray”

The first film that is gaining attention stars Kristen Stewart and is currently titled Camp X-Ray. Stewart plays a soldier who has been stationed to work at Guantanamo Bay. However, while working there she befriends an Muslim inmate. This could be a breakthrough role for Stewart’s transition back into dramatic films and definitely one to watch for.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in "The Skeleton Twins"
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins”

The other films that are generating early buzz include Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and Dan DeHaan, The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and Low Down starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage.

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Elle Fanning in “Low Down”

Plus, Cold in July starring Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, and God’s Pocket starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Christina Hendricks are also generating early buzz. Read more details about these films on Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in "God's Pocket"
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in “God’s Pocket”

Here is the full list of films selected for the 2014 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition:

Camp X-Ray
Cold in July 
Dear White People Fishing Without Nets
God’s Pocket
Happy Christmas
Hellion
Infinitely Polar Bear
Jamie Marks Is Dead 
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Life After Beth
Low Down
The Skeleton Twins
The Sleepwalker
Song One
Whiplash

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival will be held in Park City, Utah, from January 16 to 26. What do you think of these films that have been selected for this portion of the festival? What do you think of the casts involved in these projects?

Sources: Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits – Day Six!

The Sundance Film Festival only has three days left and Entertainment Weekly shared yet another set of star portraits! These portraits feature actors and actresses such as Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba, Adam Scott, Dave Grohl, Dakota Fanning, and Elizabeth Olsen.

What do you think of the events that happened at Sundance? Were you surprised by any of the deals that were made? Take a look at the portraits in the gallery below:

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Sundance 2013 Coverage – Exclusive New Stills for “Before Midnight”

Collider recently shared some exclusive stills for the film Before Midnight, which is premiering at Sundance this year. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is one of the Sundance films to watch for.

Before Midnight is a third film in a series, the other two films are entitled Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). These films are all directed and co-written by Richard Linklater. Plus, they all star Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as the two romantic leads. The cast of Before Midnight also has a few new cast members, including Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.

Here is the official synopsis for Before Midnight:

Before Midnight/ U.S.A. (Director: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater— We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.”

Have you seen the other two films in this trilogy? If so, are you excited for this new instalment to the trilogy? If not, would you be interested in watching all three films? Sound off in the comments! Take a look at the exclusive stills below:

Source: Collider

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits – Day Four!

A lot of exciting events and premieres  have been happening at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival! Entertainment Weekly has been there every step of the way and has been sharing portraits of the stars, directors, and producers attending the festival. Day four’s portraits feature stars such as Josh Radnor, Nicole Kidman, Jane Lynch, Dermot Mulroney, Jonathan Groff, Casey Wilson, and Leslie Bibb.

Have you been following the festival events? Are you waiting in anticipation to watch any of the films premiering at the festival? What do you think of the all of the portraits so far? Let me know in the comments! Check out the portraits in the gallery below:

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Sundance 2013 Coverage – First Look at Shia LeBeouf in “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman”

Entertainment Weekly and Collider have recently released two new images from the film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. This film is going to be premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and stars Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, and Til Schweiger.

Along with the photo, Entertainment Weekly also conducted an exclusive interview with LaBeouf and Wood about the film. In the interview they talk about the overall feeling of the film, what is was like to work on location in Romania, and diving into their roles, You can read the interview here.

Check out an official synopsis and the two new photos below:

“The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman / U.S.A. (Director: Fredrik Bond, Screenwriter: Matt Drake) — Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman falls for Gabi, a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel, her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Til Schweiger.”

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman - #1

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman - #2

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and Collider

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits – Day Three!

More star portraits have been released as the Sundance Film Festival is still underway. These portraits are from day three of the festival and feature stars such as Paul Rudd, Rooney Mara, Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Bell, Julie Delpy, and Michael Urie.

Have you been following the events of the Sundance Film Festival? Are you looking forward to seeing any of the films that are premiering at the festival? What do you think of these portraits that Entertainment Weekly has been sharing? Be sure to keep checking in for more Sundance coverage!

Source: Entertainment Weekly