2021 Sundance Film Festival

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2021 Sundance Film Festival
Festival poster
LocationPark City, Utah
Hosted bySundance Institute
No. of films72
Festival dateJanuary 28 to February 3, 2021

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 in Utah, the festival combined in-person screenings at the Ray Theatre in Park City, with screenings held online as well as on screens and drive-ins in 24 states and territories across the United States.[1][2]


U.S. Dramatic Competition[edit]

U.S. Documentary Competition[edit]


World Cinema Dramatic Competition[edit]

World Cinema Documentary Competition[edit]





U.S. Fiction[edit]

  • Ava from My Class, directed by Youmin Kang
  • Bambirak, directed by Zamarin Wahdat
  • BJ's Mobile Gift Shop, directed by Jason Park
  • Bruiser, directed by Miles Warren
  • Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma, directed by Topaz Jones, rubberband.
  • Doublespeak, directed by Hazel McKibbin
  • i ran from it and was still in it, directed by Darol Olu Kae
  • In the Air Tonight, directed by Andrew Norman Wilson
  • LATA, directed by Alisha Mehta
  • Raspberry, directed by Julian Doan
  • The Touch of the Master's Hand, directed by Gregory Barnes
  • White Wedding, directed by Melody C Roscher
  • Wiggle Room, directed by Sam Guest and Julia Baylis
  • Yoruga, directed by Federico Torrado Tobón
  • You Wouldn't Understand, directed by Trish Harnetiaux

International Fiction[edit]

  • The Affected, directed by Rikke Gregersen
  • Black Bodies, directed by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
  • The Criminals, directed by Serhat Karaaslan
  • Excuse Me, Miss, Miss, Miss, directed by Sonny Calvento
  • Five Tiger, directed by Nomawonga Khumalo
  • Flex, directed by Josefin Malmén, David Strindberg
  • Like the Ones I Used to Know (Les Grandes claques), directed by Annie St-Pierre
  • Lizard, directed by Akinola Davies, Jr.
  • The Longest Dream I Remember, directed by Carlos Lenin
  • Mountain Cat, directed by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
  • Unliveable, directed by Matheus Farias and Enock Carvalho
  • The Unseen River, directed by Phạm Ngọc Lân
  • We're Not Animals, directed by Noé Debré


  • A Concerto Is a Conversation, directed by Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers
  • Dear Philadelphia, directed by Renee Osubu
  • The Field Trip, directed by Meghan O'Hara, Mike Attie and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
  • My Own Landscapes, directed by Antoine Chapon
  • The Rifleman, directed by Sierra Pettengill
  • Snowy, directed by Kaitlyn Schwalje and Alex Wolf Lewis
  • Spirits and Rocks: An Azorean Myth, directed by Aylin Gökmen
  • Tears Teacher, directed by Noemie Nakai
  • This Is the Way We Rise, directed by Ciara Lacy
  • To Know Her, directed by Natalie Chao
  • When We Were Bullies, written, directed and produced by Jay Rosenblatt
  • Up at Night, directed by Nelson Makengo


  • The Fire Next Time, directed by Renaldho Pelle
  • Forever, directed by Mitch McGlocklin
  • The Fourfold, directed by Alisi Telengut
  • Ghost Dogs, directed by Joe Cappa
  • GNT, directed by Sara Hirner and Rosemary Vasquez-Brown
  • KKUM, directed by Kang-min Kim
  • Little Miss Fate, directed by Joder von Rotz
  • Misery Loves Company, directed by Sasha Lee
  • Souvenir Souvenir, directed by Bastien Dubois
  • Trepanation, directed by Nick Flaherty


The following awards were given out:[3]

Grand Jury Prizes[edit]

Audience Awards[edit]

Directing, Screenwriting and Editing[edit]

  • 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 Prizes[edit]

  • 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 Awards[edit]

  • 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 Prizes[edit]

  • 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 - Meryam Joobeur for Motherhood




  1. ^ "2021 Sundance Film Festival Will Meet Audiences Where They Are". www.sundance.org. Archived from the original on December 2, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on December 15, 2020. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "2021 Sundance Film Festival Awards Announced". www.sundance.org. Archived from the original on February 3, 2021. 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.
  6. ^ MUBI Takes UK, Lat Am, Italy, France, Germany, More, On Sundance Title ‘Faya Dayi’ — Deadline
  7. ^ Showtime Documentary Films takes world on Sundance entry ‘Cusp’|News|Screen
  8. ^ Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein Sundance Player ‘How It Ends’ Sells to MGM’s American International Pictures (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety
  9. ^ ‘Homeroom’ Trailer: Peter Nicks’ Trilogy-Ending Documentary From EP Ryan Coogler For Hulu — Deadline
  10. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 26, 2021). "Sundance Pic 'Wild Indian' Lands U.S. Deal At Vertical Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  11. ^ ‘John and the Hole’ Trailer Reveals Disturbing Story of Boy Holding His Family Hostage in a Literal Hole (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety
  12. ^ "Sundance Film 'I Was a Simple Man' Acquired by Strand Releasing for North America (EXCLUSIVE)". May 11, 2021.

External links[edit]

Media related to 2021 Sundance Film Festival at Wikimedia Commons