Sunday, January 29, 2012

First time film-maker wins top prize at the Sundance Festival

Director Benh Zeitlin reacts as he accepts the grand jury prize dramatic award for Beasts of the Southern Wild during the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony in Park City, Utah, on Saturday. (Danny Moloshok/Associated Press)

A mythical film starring an eight-year-old girl and a documentary about the war on drugs took top honours at the Sundance Film Festival.
Beasts of the Southern Wild won the grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic competition and The House I live In won the same award in the U.S. documentary category Saturday in Park City, Utah.
Directed and co-written by 29-year-old first-time filmmaker Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild follows a girl named Hushpuppy who lives with her father in the southern Mississippi Delta. The film also won the cinematography prize.
Winnipeggers  won the top editing award for the Documentary Indie Game: The Movie directed and edited  by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky

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