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Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition Names Five Jury Prize Winners; Grand Prize Announced at Sundance

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2013 at 2:07PM

The five jury prize winners of the $200K Focus Forward Filmmaker competition have been announced. The Grand Jury Prize of $100K will be announced at a live awards ceremony on January 22 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
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The five jury-prize winners of the $200,000 Focus Forward Filmmaker competition have been announced. The Grand Jury Prize of $100,000 will be announced at a live awards ceremony on January 22 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Full list of names and projects below.

The five jury prize winners are:

Callum Cooper (“Mine Kafon”)

Kim Munsamy (“Bones Don’t Lie And Don’t Forget”)

Paul Lazarus (“Slingshot”)

Jared P. Scott and Kelly Nyks (“The Artificial Leaf”)

Rafel Duran Torrent (“Cyborg Foundation”)

In the Focus Forward "Short Films, Big Ideas" competition, participating filmmakers submit three-minute films featuring stories about people or organizations whose innovative efforts in medicine, computer science, robotics, engineering, green energy, or other fields of art and knowledge have had a significant positive impact on humanity. Last fall, a selection of 95 semifinalist competition films were made available online to a global audience through Vimeo; 10 audience favorites, based on a tally of public online votes, were announced on December 21.

Read more about the competition here, and check out the Focus Forward doc initiative trailer here.

This article is related to: News, Short Film, Shorts, Focus Forward, Sundance Film Festival, Festivals, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.