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2014 Sundance Film Festival Winners List

It’s fade to black in Park City and time to roll the credits. Sundance 30 concluded with an awards ceremony that doled out prizes to dozens of films in the competition categories. Masters of ceremony Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally were helped by the husband and wife tag team of Felicity Huffman and Willian H Macy (his directorial debut, starring Huffman, Anton Yelchin and Billy Crudup had closed the festival earlier). It was a customarily informal affair with several award-recipients that had already left the festival accepting via recorded skype messages, at least three of them in the company of their infant children (prompting one presenter to quip: “there might be a relation between making movies and fertility”). Earning the most prestigious honors at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” brought home the Grand Jury and Audience Prizes after kicking off the cinema extravaganza ten days prior on its January 16th opening night. After accepting the Grand Jury prize, Chazelle joked, “It was impossible to finance because no one wants to make a movie about a jazz drummer, which is a total shock to me.” The 29-year-old director added, “Without people seeing (the short) here at Sundance, we wouldn’t be here today.” With plenty of other accolades handed out to the deserving field of entrants, the complete list of 2014 Sundance Film Festival winners is as follows: 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 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 [gallery:3350]