Sundance 2021 Award Winners: The Complete List


The 2021 Sundance Film Festival wraps up Tuesday night with a virtual awards ceremony to honor the projects that won the top jury prizes in the festival’s competitive categories. Comedian Patton Oswalt is the host of the event – “or as I’m known at Sundance, surrendered to Giamatti,” he joked at the show’s opening. Winners will be updated here throughout.

As with so many other live events, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced Sundance to dramatically change the way it runs the 2021 festival, which traditionally takes place over 10 days in Park City, Utah. Instead, this year’s full festival lasts six days, and alongside screenings in Park City, the festival has hosted screenings virtually, as well as in drive-ins, arthouse theaters, and cultural institutions across across the country, including Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio, New York, Texas and Puerto Rico.

The biggest winner of the Global Drama Theater Competition was “Hive”, which won three awards: the Grand Jury Award, the Audience Award and the Achievement Award. From director Blerta Basholli, the film follows a single mother struggling to survive after her husband goes missing during the war in Kosovo.

The NEXT category awarded the Audience Award, presented by Shira Haas, to “My Belle, My Beauty”, about the unexpected reunion of two women in France who were once polyamorous lovers; and the Animated Fantasy Innovator Award, “Cryptozoo”.

The full list of winners will be updated below as they are announced.


Grand jury prize:

Public Prize: “CODA”


Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award:

Special Jury Prize for Best Actor: Clifton Collins Jr., “Jockey”

Special Jury Prize for the Best Ensemble: The cast of “CODA” (Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant and Marlee Matlin)


Grand jury prize:

Public Prize: “Summer Of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”


Jonathan Oppenheim Editor’s Prize: Kristina Motwani and Rebecca Adorno, “Homeroom”

Special Jury Prize for Emerging Filmmaker: Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt, “Cusp”

Special jury prize for non-fictional experimentation: Theo Anthony, “All Light, Everywhere”


Grand jury prize: “Hive”

Public Prize: “Hive”

Achievement price: Blerta Basholli, “Hive”

Special Jury Prize for Comedy: Jesmark Scicluna, “Luzzu”

Special Jury Prize for Creative Vision: “One for the road”, Baz Poonpiriya


Grand jury prize: “To run away”

Public Prize: “Write with fire”

Achievement price: Hogir Hirori, “Sabaya”

Special Jury Prize for the Vérité cinema: Camilla Nielsson, “President”

Special Jury Prize for Impact for Change: Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh, “Writing with fire”


Audience Award NEXT: Marion Hill, “My beauty, my beauty”

NEXT Innovator Award: Dash Shaw (director), Jane Samborski (animation director), “Cryptozoo”

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Award: Alexis Gambis, “Son of the monarchs”

Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Features: Natalie Qasabian, “Running”

Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Feature Documentary Award: Nicole Salazar, “Philly DA”

Sundance Institute NHK Award: Meryam Joobeur, “Maternity”

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