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Slamdance Winners 2013: 'Dirties,' 'Hank and Asha,' 'Bible Quiz,' 'My Name is Faith' and More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 28, 2013 at 12:46PM

Winners of the 19th Slamdance Film Festival are announced below. Audience and Grand Jury prizes were given to feature and short films at the Park City festival. Slamdance's Peter Baxter states, "We are pleased to be celebrating these extraordinary films from this year's truly powerful slate of vanguard cinema."
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"The Dirties"
"The Dirties"

Winners of the 19th Slamdance Film Festival are announced below. Audience and Grand Jury prizes were given to feature and short films at the Park City festival. Slamdance's Peter Baxter states, "We are pleased to be celebrating these extraordinary films from this year's truly powerful slate of vanguard cinema." Big winners include "My Name is Faith," "Hank and Asha," "The Dirties" and "Bible Quiz."

Films competing in the feature Documentary and Narrative programs were limited to first-time filmmakers with budgets under $1 million.

AUDIENCE AWARDS



Audience Award for Feature Documentary: MY NAME IS FAITH by Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres, Tiffany Sudela-Junker



Audience Award for Feature Narrative: HANK AND ASHA by James E. Duff

GRAND JURY AWARDS -- NARRATIVE



This year's Slamdance Narrative Grand Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Nancy Schafer, Meira Blaustein and Chris Gore.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Narrative: THE DIRTIES by Matt Johnson.

"Terrifyingly timely and brutally honest, 'The Dirties' uses film references to the extreme as dreams of youth and intense growing pains collide."



Special Mention: JOY DE V., by Nadia Szold.

"Filled with humor, flawless characters and performances and a highly developed visual style, 'Joy de V' is a film that signals the arrival of a powerful new filmmaking talent."

GRAND JURY AWARDS -- DOCUMENTARY

This year's Slamdance Documentary Grand Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Daniel J. Harris, Brian Knappenberger, and Dan Schoenbrun.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature

Documentary: BIBLE QUIZ by Nicole Teeny.

"Director Nicole Teeny's careful storytelling and her subject's passion, angst, and youthful uncertainty are captured with universal empathy."

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Documentary: THE BIRDMAN by Jessie Auritt.

"We felt this slice-of-life portrait said a lot about the economy and changing way of life in a New York City neighborhood."

GRAND JURY AWARDS -- SHORT FILMS



This year's Short Film Grand Jury Prizes were selected by the esteemed panel of industry members Sheri Candler, Eleanor Burke, and Ron Eyal.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Animation: I AM TOM MOODY by Ainslie Henderson. "For its insight and for its playful spirit."



Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Film: ROTKOP by Jan Roosens and Raf Roosens.

"For its outstanding ensemble, emotional resonance and its bold portrayal of teenage alienation."

Special Mention: JOSEPHINE AND THE ROACH by Jonathan Langager. "For its richly imaginative visual style and for lead Jenna Augen."

Special Mention: DONALD CRIED by Kris Avedisian.

"For a standout performance, with the power to inspire empathy as well as to make you cringe."

SPECIAL & SPONSORED AWARDS



Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Award Presented by Actor/Director Thomas Jane: THE DIRTIES by Matt Johnson. Awarded by the Class of 2013 Slamdance Filmmakers to the film team that best embodies the creative, independent, and entrepreneurial spirit of the festival, as well as showing exceptional talent as artists.



The Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography: Dieter Deventer for FYNBOS. "For creating a perfect visual balance between breathtaking landscapes, naturally lit settings, and simple but strong compositions that present the tense fragility of the human spirit within the story."

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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.