Festival

Sundance Film Festival

2012

And the Sundance Film Festival judges are…


Actor David Hyde Pierce will be announcing the awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance Film Festival has announced the names of the jurors who will determine which films competing in five different categories will take home awards from Park City this year. The awards will be announced at a ceremony hosted by actor David Hyde Pierce on January 30. The winners in the Short Film category will also be announced earlier, at a separate event on January 26.


Ondi Timoner, a juror at this year’s festival and director of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.

The jurors in the U.S. Documentary category will be filmmaker Greg Barker; director/producer Dayna Goldfine; Wired magazine editor Nancy Miller; Morgan Spurlock, of SUPER SIZE ME fame; and two-time Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Ondi Timoner. Voting in the U.S. Dramatic Competition will be author Russell Banks, producer Jason Kliot, writer and director Karyn Kusama, actress Parker Posey, and cinematographer Robert Yeoman.

The World Cinema Documentary winner will be selected by director and producer Jennifer Baichwal; Jeffrey Brown, a senior correspondent for PBS’s NewsHour; and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival director Asako Fujioka. Jurors in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition are writer/director Alison Maclean, Entertainment Weekly film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, and Palomar Pictures principal Sigurjon “Joni” Sighvatsson. And the Shorts Competition jury will include filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, Wholphin DVD editor and cofounder Brent Hoff, and producer Christine Vachon. The Best of NEXT award, honoring a film creating the greatest art on a low budget, will be selected via ballots cast by the eight NEXT filmmakers.

In addition to the Festival’s top awards such as the Grand Jury Prizes, which are awarded to one U.S. dramatic film and one U.S. documentary film screening in competition, and the World Cinema Jury Prizes, awarded to one world dramatic film and one world documentary film screening in competition, the juries will also dispense awards acknowledging accomplishments in areas like directing, screenwriting, editing and cinematography. They may also, at their discretion, honor films for their vision or excellence by awarding Special Jury Prizes.

And of course, at Sundance, the audience, too, has a say, voting to bestow the Sundance Film Festival Audience Awards, for which all competition films are eligible.