2021 Sundance Film Festival

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival took place from January 28 to February 3, 2021. The first lineup of competition films was announced on December 15, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival combined in-person screenings at the Ray Theatre in Park City, Utah with screenings held online as well as on screens and drive-ins in 24 states and territories across the United States.[1][2]

2021 Sundance Film Festival
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Festival poster
LocationPark City, Utah
Hosted bySundance Institute
Festival dateJanuary 28 to February 3, 2021


U.S. Dramatic CompetitionEdit

U.S. Documentary CompetitionEdit


World Cinema Dramatic CompetitionEdit

World Cinema Documentary CompetitionEdit

  • Faya Dayi by Jessica Beshir
  • Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
  • Misha and the Wolves by Sam Hobkinson
  • The Most Beautiful Boy in the World by Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri
  • Playing With Sharks by Sally Aitken
  • President by Camilla Nielsson
  • Sabaya by Hogir Hirori
  • Taming the Garden by Salomé Jashi
  • Writing With Fire by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh





The following awards were given out:[3]

Grand Jury PrizesEdit

Audience AwardsEdit

  • U.S. Dramatic Competition – CODA (Siân Heder)
  • U.S. Documentary Competition – Summer of Soul (Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson)
  • World Cinema Dramatic Competition – Hive (Blerta Basholli)
  • World Cinema Documentary Competition – Writing With Fire (Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh)
  • NEXT – Ma Belle, My Beauty (Marion Hill)

Directing, Screenwriting and EditingEdit

  • U.S. Dramatic Competition – Siân Heder for CODA
  • U.S. Documentary Competition – Natalia Almada for Users
  • World Cinema Dramatic Competition – Blerta Basholli for Hive
  • World Cinema Documentary Competition – Hogir Hirori for Sabaya
  • Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award – Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch for On the Count of Three
  • Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award: U.S. Documentary – Kristina Motwani and Rebecca Adorno for Homeroom
  • NEXT Innovator Price - Dash Shaw for Cryptozoo

Special Jury PrizesEdit

  • U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast – The cast of CODA
  • U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award: Best Actor - Clifton Collins Jr. for Jockey
  • U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Emerging Filmmaker - Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt for Cusp
  • U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Nonfiction Experimentation - Theo Anthony for All Light, Everywhere
  • World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Vérité Filmmaking - Camilla Nielsson for President
  • World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Impact for Change - Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh for Writing With Fire
  • World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Acting - Jesmark Scicluna for Luzzu
  • World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Creative Vision - Baz Poonpiriya for One for the Road

Short Film AwardsEdit

  • Short Film Grand Jury Prize - Lizard
  • Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction - The Touch of the Master's Hand
  • Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction - Bambirak
  • Short Film Jury Award: Nonfiction - Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma
  • Short Film Jury Award: Animation - Souvenir Souvenir
  • Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting - Wiggle Room
  • Short Film Special Jury Award for Screenwriting - The Criminals

Special PrizesEdit

  • Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize - Son of Monarchs
  • Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award for Nonfiction - Nicole Salazar for Philly D.A.
  • Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award for Fiction - Natalie Qasabian for Run
  • Sundance Institute/Adobe Mentorship Award for Editing Nonfiction - Juli Vizza
  • Sundance Institute/Adobe Mentorship Award for Editing Fiction - Terilyn Shropshire
  • Sundance Institute/NHK Award - Meryman Joobeur for Motherhood




  1. ^ "2021 Sundance Film Festival Will Meet Audiences Where They Are". www.sundance.org. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  2. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony; Patten, Dominic (December 15, 2020). "Sundance 2021 Full Lineup: Pandemic, Politics, Rita Moreno, Octavia Butler, 'Passing' & 'Sesame Street' Pack Semi-Virtual Festival". Deadline. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "2021 Sundance Film Festival Awards Announced". www.sundance.org. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Sundance 2021 Deals Complete List
  5. ^ Welk, Brian (January 31, 2021). "Sundance 2021: What Has Sold So Far, From 'CODA' to 'Flee' (Photos)". TheWrap. Retrieved January 31, 2021.

External linksEdit

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