Like Crazy wins top prize at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. From the 188 feature-length movies and 81 shorts, the following pictures were awarded major prizes by the Sundance Institute. So, here are the indie films to look out for over the next 12 months…

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was romantic drama Like Crazy. Written and directed by Drake Doremus (pictured above), the film documents a long-distance relationship between a young American guy and a young British girl. Star Felicity Jones also won a Special Jury Prize for her performance. The last two winners of the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic were eventual Best Picture nominees Precious and Winter’s Bone. You’ve got a lot to live up to, Like Crazy!

Peter D. Richardson’s documentary How To Die in Oregon picked up the Grand Jury Prize: Documentary. It follows a number of terminally ill Oregonians living in the first American state to legalise physician-assisted suicide.

The World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic was awarded to Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig), a Norwegian sex drama from director Anne Sewitsky. This award was won by Australia’s own Animal Kingdom in 2010, and we had hoped that Brendan Fletcher’s homegrown Mad Bastards could repeat the feat in 2011.

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary went to Danfung Dennis’ Hell and Back Again, which follows one soldier from the start of his tour in Afghanistan in 2009 to his return and rehabilitation in the United States.

Check out the full list of winners (and a comprehensive chronicle of what was said in each acceptance speech) here at the official Sundance blog.

Discuss: Which of these films are you most looking forward to checking out?

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