The award includes a $20,000 cash prize. A jury of both film and science professionals (including Darren Aronofsky and Scott Z. Burns) selected the film, recognizing its "off-beat and formalistically adventurous exploration of questions of artificial intelligence and human connections, unfolding during an early computer chess tournament.”
"Computer Chess" stars Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary and Wiley Wiggins.
Past winners of the award include "Valley of Saints" (2012), "Another Earth" (2011), "Grizzly Man" (2005) and "Primer" (2004).
The recipient of the Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Lab Fellowship is also announced: It is Nicole Kassell's "Prodigal Summer," based on her own novel about three unexpected love stories woven together during a summer in southern Appalachia. Kassell's first feature was 2004's festival darling "The Woodsman." Most recently she directed "A Little Bit of Heaven."