Sundance Film Festival Award 2021 Winners: ‘CODA’ wins four awards, including Grand Jury Prize

Sundance Film Festival Award 2021 Winners: ‘CODA’ wins four awards, including Grand Jury Prize

“Summer Of Soul” won the U.S. Narrative Grand Jury and Audience grants.

The generallymostly virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival is finding some conclusion. The celebration declared honors champs Tuesday night, exchanging a man function for one transmission live and facilitated by Patton Oswalt.

The greatest winner was Sian Heder’s transitioning age drama”CODA,” which acquired four U.S. Emotional Competition grants, including the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. Other Big champs were “Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” which brought home the two top U.S. Documentary awards.

Blerta Basholli’s “Hive” won three honors in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition: the Directing and Audience grants and the Grand Jury Prize. Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s “Writing with Fire” procured two World Cinema Documentary awards.

A sum of 72 highlights screened throughout the most recent week, alongside 50 shorts, four Indie Series, and 14 New Frontier VR/new media projects.

Those activities were decided by a jury comprised of Zeynep Atakan, Raúl Castillo, Ashley Clark, Julie Dash, Tacita Dean, Cynthia Erivo, Isaac Julien, Inge de Leeuw, Kim Longinotto, Laura Mulleavy, Kate Mulleavy, Joshua Oppenheimer, Mohamed Ouma Saïd, Jean Tsien, Daniela Vega, Lana Wilson, and Hanya Yanagihara.

In spite of the fact that this year denoted the primary virtual celebration, the celebration opened solid with a motorcade of buzzy titles that procured basic praise, including Sian Heder’s show about a hard of hearing family and their hearing little daughter, “CODA”; Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated refugee documentary “Flee”; and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s music documentary “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).”

Other champions from later in the celebration incorporate Rebecca Hall’s racial show “Passing,” Dash Shaw’s hallucinogenic enlivened story “Cryptozoo,” and Jamila Wignot’s Alvin Ailey narrative “Ailey.”

The celebration was solid from a business viewpoint also. Apple’s $25 million securing of “CODA” under two days after it debuted crushed a business record set a year ago. Neon got “Flee” and “Ailey,” while Sony Pictures Classics made another unmistakable dramatic pickup with “Jockey.”

More deals movement is normal in the coming days, as merchants stay occupied with offering battles for a few titles needing distribution.

Below look at the total list of winners.


  • Special Jury Award for Acting: Deanna Gibson, “Wiggle Room”
  • Special Jury Award for Screenwriting: Serhat Karaaslan, “The Criminals”
  • Jury Award, Animation: “Souvenir Souvenir,” dir. Bastien Dubois
  • Jury Award, Non-Fiction: “Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma,” dir. Topaz Jones and rubberband
  • Jury Award, International Fiction: “Bambirak,” dir. Zamarin Wahdat
  • Jury Award, U.S. Fiction: “The Touch of the Master’s Hand,” dir. Gregory Barnes
  • Grand Jury Prize: “Lizard,” dir. Akinola Davies Jr.


  • NEXT Audience Award Presented by Adobe: “Mama Belle, My Beauty,” dir. Marion Hill
  • NEXT Innovator Award Presented by Adobe: “Cryptozoo,” dir. Run Shaw

World Cinema Documentary

  • Special Jury Award in Verite Filmmaking: “President,” dir. Camilla Nielsson
  • Special Jury Award: Impact for Change: “Writing With Fire,” dir. Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh
  • Directing Award: Hogir Hirori, “Sabaya”
  • Grand Jury Prize: “Flee,” dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
  • Audience Award: “Writing With Fire,” dir. Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh

World Cinema Dramatic

  • Special Jury Award for Acting: Jesmark Scicluna, “Luzzu”
  • Special Jury Award for Creative Vision: “One for the Road,” dir. Baz Poonpiriya
  • Directing Award: Blerta Basholli, “Hive”
  • Grand Jury Prize: “Hive,” dir. Blerta Basholli
  • Audience Award: “Hive,” dir. Blerta Basholli

US Documentary

  • Audience Award: “Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” dir. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
  • Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker: “Cusp,” dir. Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt
  • Special Jury Award for Nonfiction Experimentation: “All Light, Everywhere,” dir. Theo Anthony
  • Jonathan Oppenhein Editing Award: Kristina Motwani and Rebecca Adorno, “Homeroom”
  • Directing Award: Natalia Almada, “Users”
  • Grand Jury Prize: “Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised),” dir. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

US Dramatic

  • Audience Award: “CODA,” dir. Sian Heder
  • Special Jury Award for Acting: Clifton Collins Jr., “Jockey”
  • Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble: “CODA”
  • Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, “On the Count of Three”
  • Directing Award: Sian Heder, “CODA”
  • Grand Jury Prize: “CODA,” dir. Sian Heder
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