2009 Sundance Film Festival

Since 1985, Sundance has been a place and time for stories. The 2009 Sundance Film Festival commemorated the 25th Festival with a celebration of original storytelling and our rich history of independent film. As part of "From the Collection," a joint film archive between Sundance Institute and UCLA, Steven Soderbergh returned to the Festival to screen SEX, LIES, AND, VIDEOTAPE, which received the Dramatic Audience Award 20 years prior. Among the 218 total films screening this year, Sundance welcomed 42 first-time feature filmmakers. The promise of short films as a vital form was especially apparent when nine filmmakers that premiered feature films this year had previously screened shorts in past Festivals. Some of the innovative stories that premiered this year in the Dramatic Competition included, SIN NOMBRE, MARY AND MAX, and PUSH:BASED ON THE NOVEL BY SAPPHIRE, as well as the Documentaries WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, AFGHAN STAR, and THE COVE. The Festival website continued to offer live videos from the streets of Park City, coverage of film Q and A's, the awards ceremonies, interviews with filmmakers, actors, artists, and more to bring the Festival to audiences all over the globe.

  • Awards
  • Credits
  • Panels
  • Projects

Adam

Alfred P. Sloan Prize

The Cove

Audience Award Documentary

Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire

Audience Award Dramatic

El General

Directing Award Documentary

Sin Nombre

Directing Award Dramatic

Sergio

Editing Award Documentary

The September Issue

Excellence in Cinematography Award Documentary

Sin Nombre

Excellence in Cinematography Award Dramatic

We Live in Public

Grand Jury Prize Documentary

Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire

Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking

Jerrycan

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking

Love You More

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking

Omelette

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking

Western Spaghetti

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking

I Live in the Woods

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking

Protect You + Me.

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking

Treevenge

Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking

Lies

Jury Prize International Short Filmmaking

Short Term 12

Jury Prize Short Filmmaking

Good Hair

Special Jury Prize Documentary

Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire

Special Jury Prize for Acting

Humpday

Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Independence

Paper Heart

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Afghan Star

World Cinema Audience Award Documentary

An Education

World Cinema Audience Award Dramatic

Big River Man

World Cinema Cinematography Award Documentary

An Education

World Cinema Cinematography Award Dramatic

Afghan Star

World Cinema Directing Award Documentary

Five Minutes of Heaven

World Cinema Directing Award Dramatic

Burma VJ

World Cinema Documentary Editing Award

Rough Aunties

World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary

The Maid

World Cinema Jury Prize Dramatic

Five Minutes of Heaven

World Cinema Screenwriting Award

Tibet in Song

World Cinema Special Jury Prize Documentary

The Maid

World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting

Louise-Michel

World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Originality
  

Patrick Creadon

Documentary Competition Juror

Carl Deal

Documentary Competition Juror

Andrea Meditch

Documentary Competition Juror

Sam Pollard

Documentary Competition Juror

Marina Zenovich

Documentary Competition Juror

Virginia Madsen

Dramatic Competition Juror

Scott McGehee

Dramatic Competition Juror

Maud Nadler

Dramatic Competition Juror

Mike White

Dramatic Competition Juror

Boaz Yakin

Dramatic Competition Juror

Gillian Armstrong

World Documentary Competition Juror

Hubert Sauper

World Documentary Competition Juror

Colin Brown

World Dramatic Competition Juror

Christine Jeffs

World Dramatic Competition Juror

Gerardo Naranjo

Short Film Competition Juror

Lou Taylor Pucci

Short Film Competition Juror

Sharon Swart

Short Film Competition Juror

Jane Lynch

Awards Ceremony MC

Tony Hale

Awards Ceremony Presenter

Michael Polish

Awards Ceremony Presenter

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Awards Ceremony Presenter

Benjamin Bratt

Awards Ceremony Presenter

Vibeke Windeloev

World Documentary Competition Juror
 

2 Birds

2) Secret Machine

211: Anna

500 Days of Summer

575 Castro St.

A Film from My Parish - 6 Farms -

A Mate

A'Mare

Abbie Cancelled

Acting for the Camera

Adam

Adventureland

Afghan Star

Against the Current

Agency of Time (Part 1b)

All Through the Night

American Minor

Amreeka

An Education

Arlen Faber

Art & Copy

Asshole

BAIT

Barking Water

Before Tomorrow

Big Fan

Big River Man

Black Dynamite

Boutonniere

Boy Interrupted

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Bronson

Brooklyn's Finest

Burma VJ

Captain Coulier (space explorer)

Carmo, Hit the Road

Cattle Call

Chameleon Street

Children of Invention

China's Wild West

Choices

Chop Off

Cliente

Cold Souls

Concerto

Copper on the Chopping Block

Countertransference

Crocodiles and I

Crude

Dada's Dance

Dare

Dead Snow

Dear Beautiful

Dirt! The Movie

Don’t Let Me Drown

Earth Days

El General

Endgame

endless pot of gold cd-rs

Everything Strange and New

Evolution of Fearlessness

Exiles of the Shattered Star

Exit

Field Notes from Dimension X : Oasis

Five Minutes of Heaven

From Burger It Came

Good Hair

GOOD: Atomic Alert

GOOD: Internet Censorship

Grace

Hear, Earth, Heart

Heart of Time

Helen

Horizontal Boundaries

Hot Dog

HUG

Humpday

I Am So Proud of You

I Knew It Was You

I Live in the Woods

I Love You Phillip Morris

In the Loop

Instead of Abracadabra

It Might Get Loud

James

Jerrycan

Joel Stein's Completely Unfabricated Adventures

John and Karen

Johnny Mad Dog

Keith Reynolds can't make it tonight

Kimjongilia

Knife Point

La MISSION

Lessons from the Night

Let's Make Money

Lies

Little Canyon

Little Minx Exquisite Corpse: Rope a Dope

Little Minx Exquisite Corpse: She Walked Calmly Disappearing into the Darkness

Louise-Michel

Love You More

Lulu and Jimi

Lunch Break

Lunchfilms

Lymelife

Ma Bar

Magnetic Movie

Manure

Mary and Max

Metamorphoses - The Composers Lab Experiments: Gingger Shankar, A.J. Lara, and Arthur Hyde

Michael Portnoy: Provocateur

Miracle Fish

Mister Cok

Moon

Moon Theater

Mother + Father

Motherhood

My Surfing Lucifer

Mystery Team

Netherland Dwarf

Next Floor

NightStill

No Impact Man

Nobody Knows You, Nobody Gives a Damn

Nollywood Babylon

O'er the Land

Old Partner

Omelette

Once More with Feeling

One Day in a Life

Our Neck of the Woods

Out of Control

Out of Our Minds

Over the Hills and Far Away

PAL/SECAM

Paper Heart

Passing Strange

Pencil Face

Peter and Vandy

Pomegranates and Myrrh

Predisposed

Prom Night in Mississippi

Protect You + Me.

Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire

Quest for Honor

Reporter

Rite

Rough Aunties

Rudo y Cursi

Sergio

sex, lies, and videotape

Short Term 12

Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech

Shrink

Sin Nombre

Sister Wife

Skhizein

Small Collection

So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away

Sparks

Spread

Spring Breakdown

Stay the Same Never Change

Steel Homes

Stingray Sam

SUSPENDED

Taking Chance

TAMPER

Ten for Grandpa

The Anarchist's Wife

The Archive

The Attack of the Robots from Nebula-5

The Beekeepers

The Blindness of the Woods

The Carter

The Casting

The Clone Returns Home

The Cove

The Dirty Ones

The End of the Line

The Girlfriend Experience

The Glass House

The Greatest

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle

The Informers

The Killing Room

The Kinda Sutra

The Maid

The Messenger

The Missing Person

The Nature Between Us

The Only Good Indian

The Queen and I

The Real Place

The Reckoning

The September Issue

The Stronger

The Vicious Kind

The Watch

The Winning Season

The Works of Maria Marshall

The Yellow Bird

The Yes Men Fix the World

The Young and Evil

Theresa's Story

This Is Her

This Way Up

Thriller in Manila

Tibet in Song

Toe to Toe

Trece Años

Treevenge

Twilight Avenger

Tyson

Universe

Unmade Beds

Untitled

Utopia, Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall

Victoria Day

Wagons Roll

We Feel Fine

We Live in Public

Western Spaghetti

Wet Season

When You're Strange

Where Is Where?

White Lightnin'

Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

World's Greatest Dad

Wounded Knee

Wunderkammer

You Won't Miss Me

Zion and His Brother

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