We just got back from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where 17 films by Kickstarter creators premiered among the world's best and brightest. Of those 17, we're thrilled to report that six films won awards, including top honors for Blood Brother, which took home both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the festival! Here are some of this year's memorable moments.
We saw two films receive standing ovations at their premieres (The Square and 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film), while the debut of Linsanity brought tears to our co-founder's eyes. Audiences were talking about Special Jury Prize-winning Inequality For All long after the final screening. Gun, American Promise, and After Tiller all made national news, I Used to Be Darker earned a pair of rave reviews, and The Square's creators announced their Kickstarter project live from the stage during their Q&A.
Charlie Victor Romeo unanimously left hearts racing, everyone we met loved NEXT Audience Award Winner This is Martin Bonner, and Boneshaker’s star Quvenzhané Wallis reminded us all how a nine-year-old girl became an Oscar nominee. Kickstarter-funded films earned major awards, picked up distribution deals, and played to packed houses, and we couldn't be happier for these filmmakers and their backers.
Below is a full list of all the awesome news and accolades. It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of your celebrations. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
- Blood Brother — U. S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and U. S. Documentary Audience Award
- This is Martin Bonner — Audience Award: Best of NEXT
- The Square — Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
- Inequality For All — U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking
- American Promise — U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking
Acquisitions (as of January 30th, 2013):
- Newlyweeds acquired by Phase 4
- Inequality For All acquired by Radius
- I Used to Be Darker acquired by Monterey Media
- 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film acquired by Participant Media
To keep track of all the Kickstarter-funded films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, check out: Kickstarter.com/Sundance2013
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