Award Winners

2021 Sundance Film Festival Awards Announced

The Sundance Film Festival held their awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, after the six day festival. The ceremony was hosted by Patton Oswalt.

Congratulations to alumni, faculty, and students who received awards!

Director of Hive, Blerta Basholi '12 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film), received the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic, and the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic.


The U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Emerging Filmmaker was presented to Parker Hill '16 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV) and Isabel Bethencourt ‘16 (GAL), for Cusp. Watch their Fireside Chat.

The Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, presented by Acura, was presented to: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, faculty (Clive Davis Institute), for Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast was presented to: the cast of CODA, which includes alumna Molly Beth Thomas '21 (Drama), Audra


Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
The Touch of the Master's Hand
Gregory Barnes '22 (Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film), director/writer

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction

Zamarin Wahdat '18 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film), director/writer

The Short Film Jury Award: Nonfiction
Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma

Topaz Jones '15 (BFA, Clive Davis Institute), director/writer
Simon Davis '15 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV), director/writer
Jason Sondock '15 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & TV), director/writer

Watch the Fireside Chat with Short Film Directors

Son of Monarchs
Son of Monarchs


The 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, presented to an outstanding feature film about science or technology, was presented to Son of Monarchs, directed, written, and produced by Alexis Gambis '14 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film) and produced by Maria Altamirano '17 (MBA, Stern) / '19 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film).

Watch the Fireside Chat with Alexis Gambis and Maria Altamirano

In addition to those listed above, we congratulate all of our alumni who worked across these award-winning films, and all those showcased at the Festival. See the full list of alumni projects at the Sundance Film Festival here.