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SUNDANCE 2023 AWARDS: ‘A Thousand and One,’ ‘The Eternal Memory,’ Win Grand Jury Prizes (Full List)

The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the Jury and Audience award winners for 2023.

First-time filmmaker A.V. Rockwell’s drama A Thousand and One was announced as the U.S. Dramatic Competition Grandy Jury Prize Winner. The U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Joe Brewster & Michèle Stephenson’s Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project. The World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize was handed to The Eternal Memory from Oscar-nominee Maite Alberdi (The Mole Agent), centering on a longtime, loving couple facing Alzheimer’s. The World Cinema Narrative Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Charlotte Regan’s U.K.-set Scrapper. Both the NEXT Audience and Innovator Awards were presented to D. Smith’s Kokomo City, which examines the lives of four black transgender sex workers.

The Jurors included Jeremy O. Harris and Marlee Matlin for U.S. Dramatic Competition, Ramona Diaz and Carla Gutierrez for U.S. Documentary Competition, Funa Maduka for World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and Madeleine Olnek for NEXT.

“This year’s Festival has been an extraordinary experience,” said Joana Vicente, Sundance Institute CEO. “The artists that comprise the 2023 Sundance Film Festival have demonstrated a sense of urgency and dedication to excellence in independent film. Today’s award winners highlight our programs’ most impressive achievements in the current moment of cinematic arts. I hope you will join me in congratulating our winners, as well as thanking all artists across sections for sharing their stories with the Sundance community.”

“In addition to acknowledging our artists, I want to thank this year’s jurors for their time and thoughtful consideration,” added Kim Yutani, Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming. “Their efforts help contextualize our artists’ work beyond the Festival program and elevate their stories to new audiences around the globe. The winners themselves represent a diverse mix of bold storytelling, thought-provoking reflections, and critical representations of our world today.”

The 2023 festival featured 111 features and 64 shorts, selected from over 15,000 submissions, which were screened in Park City, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Resort. Over 75% of both short and feature-length works will be available for streaming via the fest’s online platform through January 29. Tickets for all award-screening films are available beginning at 1:00 p.m. MT today.

See the full winners list below:


Grand Jury Prize

A Thousand And One
Director: A.V. Rockwell

Audience Award

The Persian Version
Director: Maryam Keshavarz

Directing Award

Sing J. Lee
The Accidental Getaway Driver

Jury Award: Creative Vision

Magazine Dreams
Director: Elijah Bynum

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Maryam Keshavarz
The Persian Version

Special Jury Award: Acting

Lio Mehiel

Jury Award: Ensemble 

Theater Camp
Directors: Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman


Grand Jury Prize

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project
Directors: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson

Audience Award

Beyond Utopia
Director: Madeleine Gavin

Directing Award

A Still Small Voice
Director: Luke Lorentzen

Special Jury Award: Clarity of Vision

The Stroll
Directors: Kristen Lovell, Zackary Drucker

Special Jury Award: Freedom of Expression

Bad Press
Directors: Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Joe Peeler

Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award

Daniela I. Quiroz
Going Varsity in Mariachi


Innovator Award

Kokomo City
Director: D. Smith

Audience Award

Kokomo City 
Director: D. Smith


Grand Jury Prize

Scrapper (UK)
Director: Charlotte Regan

Audience Award

Shayda (Australia)
Director: Noora Niasari

Directing Award

Marija Kavtaradze
Slow (Lithuania/Spain/Sweden)

Special Jury Award: Cinematography

Lílis Soares
Mami Wata (Nigeria)

Special Jury Award: Best Performance

Rosa Marchant
When It Melts (Belgium/Netherlands)

Special Jury Award: Creative Vision

Animalia (France/Morocco/Qatar)
Director: Sofia Alaoui


Grand Jury Prize

The Eternal Memory (Chile)
Director: Maite Alberdi

Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary

20 Days in Mariupol (Ukraine)
Director: Mstylav Chernov

Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood (Estonia/France/Ireland)
Director: Anna Hints

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Verite Filmmaking

Against the Tide (India)
Director: Sarvnik Kaur

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Creative Vision

Fantastic Machine (Sweden/Denmark)
Directors: Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck


Grand Jury Prize

When You Left Me On That Boulevard (U.S.A.)
Director: Kayla Abuda Galang

Jury Award: US Fiction

Rest Stop
Director: Crystal Kayiza

Jury Award: Directing, International

Valeria Hofmann
AliEN0089 (Chile)

Jury Award: Directing, US

Jarreau Carrillo
The Vacation

Jury Award: Animation

The Flying Sailor
Directors: Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis (Canada)

Jury Award: Nonfiction

Will You Look At Me (China)
Director: Shuli Huang

Jury Award: International Fiction

The Kidnapping of the Bride (Germany)
Director: Sophia Mocorrea


Director: Christopher Zalla


Amazon Studios Nonfiction Award 

Jess Devaney/Multitude Films

It’s Only Life After All; Milisuthando

Amazon Studios Fiction Award

Kara Durrett

The Starling Girl

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
The Pod Generation
Director: Sophie Barthes

Gayle Stevens Volunteer Award

Carlos Sanchez

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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