At a ceremony in Park City Utah, the 2020 Sundance Film Festival jury prize winners in short filmmaking were announced tonight. This year’s 2020 shorts program includes 74 shorts selected from a record high 10,397 submissions. The 2020 Short Film jurors are Cindy Sherman, Sian Clifford, and Marcus Hu.
Presented by Southwest Airlines®, the Short Film Grand Jury Prize is awarded to one short film. This year’s award prize was given to So What If The Goats Die. Directed and written by Sofia Alaoui, the Sundance prize winner tells the story of Abdellah, a young shepherd living in the mountains, who is forced to brave the snow blocking him in order to get food and save this cattle. Once arriving at his destination, a village, he faces a supernatural phenomenon.
With seven short films selected for awards this year, three projects (43% percent) were directed by women, three (43%) were directed by people of color and two (29%) were directed by people who identify as LGBTQ+.
The Short Film Jury Award: Animation was given to Daria Kashcheeva’s Daughter. This film from the Czech Republic was also written by Kashcheeva.
The Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction was awarded to Terrance Daye for Ship: A Visual Poem.
The Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction was awarded to: Matthew Killip, for John Was Trying to Contact Aliens.
The Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting was awarded to Iranian actor Sadaf Asgari for Exam. The short was written by Sonia K. Hadad, and Farnoosh Samadi.
The Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction was awarded to The Devil’s Harmony by Dylan Holmes Williams.
And last but certanly not least, the Short Film Special Jury Award for Directing was awarded to Michael Arcos for Valerio’s Day Out.