Sundance 2013 Winners Announced, 'Fruitvale' and 'Blood Brother' Grab Top Prizes

Another Sundance Film Festival has come and gone, and it was a tremendous year for acquisitions, with the rights to at least a dozen films sold for over $1 million dollars. We've had a few great conversations with some of the filmmakers from this year's festival, including Darci Picoult, writer of Mother of George, winner of one of the Cinematography Awards. The top prizes went to Fruitvale, for dramatic, and Blood Brother, for documentary, and we've got some material from both films, as well two of the award-winning short films embedded below.

Since no trailer is available yet, here is the director of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize winner Fruitvale, Ryan Coogler, talking about the film:

Here is conversation with two of the film's stars, and then another with director Ryan Coogler (both feature clips from the film):

Trailer for Blood Brother, the U. S. Grand Jury Prize winner in Documentary. We also have a conversation with director Steve Hoover:

Trailer for World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner Jiseul:

Trailer for World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary winner, A River Changes Course:

Here is the full list of winners for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival:

While the short film awards were actually announced a few days ago, some of winning films were made available online by Sundance at the beginning of the festival. Here are two of them, Irish Folk Furniture and Catnip: Egress to Oblivion, with the rest of the winners below:

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There is no doubt we will be seeing a lot more from many of these films as well as more from the filmmakers themselves in the near future. Sundance is very often a jumping off point for filmmakers and their careers, and it's one of the reasons the festival is one of the most popular in the world (not to mention the fact that Sundance usually has the most acquisitions of any other film festival).

If you got a chance to go to the festival, feel free to chime in below about your thoughts on any of the films you've seen, or the festival in general.

What do you guys think?

Link: Sundance Festival Award Winners

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Irish folk furniture is beautiful

January 27, 2013 at 8:57PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Peter Kelly

Ryan Coo... gler. Weird.

Looking forward to seeing these!

January 27, 2013 at 10:35PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Ryan Koo

Another Sundance labs member wins Grand Jury. Yeah that doesn't smell bad at all...

January 27, 2013 at 10:42PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


A youtube cat video won a prize?
My god, I think 99% of DSLR owners have got about 20 videos to submit for next year,

January 28, 2013 at 1:34AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Fresno Bob

Heh, I know this is probably a little goofy but as both a subscriber to No Film School and the writer/director/editor/ etc of "Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" I just wanted to briefly chime in to say that:

a) I'm probably just as staggered as anyone around the whole ride my (shot with a 5d Mk III and edited down on FCP X) short film has taken.

b) I couldn't have done it w/o you (no, honestly. I've picked up so much stuff from this site -- thanks very much, guys.)

Okay, okay -- moving on from my thing I'd also like to mention that though I saw a LOT of great shorts at Sundance (the animated block in particular felt dense packed with awesome), Irish Folk Furniture really blew me away. It's just so beautiful and well done, and very much showcases what I love about short film.

January 28, 2013 at 5:40AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Hey Jason congratulations! We're really glad to have you as a reader, and hopefully you can share more award-winning shorts with us in the future. :)

January 28, 2013 at 6:23AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

Man, as I was watching it, I was specifically thinking, weird---in some ways this is a variation of a "youtube cat video", but at the same time I was thinking, this is the best cat video ever.

The Citizen Kane of cat videos.

February 6, 2013 at 1:26AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Daniel Mimura

Congratulations to all the winners. Of the projects I heard about prior to this post, I'm glad to see that Mother of George won an award.

January 28, 2013 at 6:16AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I´ve rolled off the floor here :o) Great stuff, Jason!

January 28, 2013 at 5:03PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Congrats! Jason. That's impressive, and Entertaining.

January 28, 2013 at 8:26PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Awesome! All excellent films deserving recognition/awards. Agree with other commentators, "Catnip", though sited as potentially serious in nature for some felines, yet the story portrayal is full of amusement.

February 2, 2013 at 1:02PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM