Nate Parker at the Sundance Film Festival Awards

Sundance Film Festival Awards 2016 Complete Winners List

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards were handed out on Saturday, January 30, after 10 days of premieres and deals. Taika Waititi, the director of festival film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, hosted the awards ceremony, which took place in Park City, Utah.

Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation swept the top prizes and marked only the fourth time a film has won the top categories — the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize — at the festival. The only other three films to do so were the 2013 film Fruitvale Station, the 2014 film Whiplash, and the 2015 film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Fox Searchlight purchased Birth of a Nation, which is based on a slave rebellion in 1831, for $17.5 million — the biggest deal in Sundance history, Deadline reports. The film premiered Monday night and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

“Thank you Lord, thank you Sundance,” Parker said while accepting the awards. “I’ve seen first-hand that people are open to the idea of change, and the fact that this is happening means everything to me.”

Check out the complete winners list below.


Audience Award
Birth Of A Nation
Nate Parker

Grand Jury Prize
Birth Of A Nation
Nate Parker

Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Swiss Army Man

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
Chad Hartigan
Morris From America

Special Jury Award – Individual Performance
Melanie Lynskey
The Intervention

Special Jury Award – Individual Performance
Craig Robinson
Morris from America

Special Jury Award – Breakthrough Performance
Joe Seo
Spa Night

Special Jury Award
As You Are
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte


Grand Jury Prize
Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman

Audience Award
Jim: The James Foley Story
Brian Oakes

Roger Ross Williams
Life, Animated

Special Jury Award – Vérité Filmmaking
The Bad Kids
Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe

Special Jury Award – Writing
Kate Plays Christine
Robert Greene

Special Jury Award – Social Impact Filmmaking
Dawn Porter

NEXT Audience Award
First Girl I Loved
Kerem Sanga


Audience Award
Between Sea and Land / Colombia
Directors: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo

Sand StormGrand Jury Prize
Sand Storm / Israel
Director: Elite Zexer

Directing Award
Belgica / Belgium-France-Netherlands
Felix van Groeningen

Special Jury Award – Unique Vision and Design
The Lure / Poland
Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska

Special Jury Award – Screenwriting
Mi Amiga Del Parque / Argentina-Uruguay
Screenwriters: Inés Bortagaray, Ana Katz

Special Jury Award – Acting
Vicky Hernandéz, Manolo Cruz
Between Sea and Land / Colombia


Grand Jury Prize
Sonita / Germany-Iran-Swizerland
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

All These Sleepless Nights / Poland
Michal Marczak

Special Jury Award – Best Editing
We Are X / UK-U.S.-Japan
Editors: Mako Kamitsuna, John Maringouin

Special Jury Award – Best Cinematography
The Land Of The Enlightened / Belgium
DP: Pieter-Jan De Pue

Special Jury Award – Best Debut Feature
When Two Worlds Collide / Peru
Directors: Mathew Orzel, Heidi Brandenburg

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Embrace of the Serpent<
Directed by Ciro Guerra


Short Film Grand Jury Prize
Thunder Road / U.S.
Director and screenwriter: Jim Cummings

Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
The Procedure / U.S.
Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
Maman(s) / France
Director and screenwriter: Maïmouna Doucouré

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
Bacon & God’s Wrath / Canada
Director: Sol Friedman

Short Film Jury Award: Animation
Edmond / UK
Director and screenwriter: Nina Gantz

Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance
Grace Glowicki
Her Friend Adam

Short Film Special Jury Award for Best Direction
Peacock / Czech Republic
Director: Ondrej Hudecek, Screenwriters: Jan Smutny, Ondrej Hudecek

[Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press]