Jash Wins Short Film Prize at Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival has announced the jury prizes and honorable mentions in the short film category.
One of the winners, “Gregory Go Boom,” is a short film that comes from Jash, the YouTube comedy network headlined by big-names like Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman, and Reggie Watts. Written and directed by Janicza Bravo, and starring Cera, “Gregory Go Boom” tells the story of a paraplegic men who leaves home to be on his own. The 17-minute short film debuted on Jash as part of YouTube Comedy Week. At Sundance, it won the Short Film Jury Award for US Fiction.
The other winners are listed below.
The 2014 Short Film program, which is presented by YouTube as part of the company’s presence at the festival, is comprised of 66 short films, selected from a record 8,161 submissions. YouTube is currently screening 15 of the short films on the Sundance Film Festival’s YouTube channel. The winners of the jury prizes, as well as the YouTube Audience Award, will be honored as part of a special ceremony on Saturday, January 25, at 6pm MT. The ceremony will be hosted by comedians and husband-and-wife duo Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.
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The Short Film Grand Jury Prize was awarded to:
“Of God and Dogs” / Syrian Arab Republic (Director: Abounaddara Collective) — A young, free Syrian soldier confesses to killing a man he knew was innocent. He promises to take vengeance on the God who led him to commit the murder.
The Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction was presented to:
“Gregory Go Boom” / USA (Director and screenwriter: Janicza Bravo) — A paraplegic man leaves home to be on his own.
The Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction was presented to:
“The Cut” / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Geneviève Dulude-Decelles) — “The Cut” tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut.
The Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction was presented to:
“I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked” / Israel (Directors: Yuval Hameiri, Michal Vaknin) — A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone.
The Short Film Jury Award: Animation was presented to:
“Yearbook” / USA (Director and screenwriter: Bernardo Britto) — A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.
A Short Film Special Jury Award for Unique Vision was presented to:
“Rat Pack Rat” / USA (Director and screenwriter: Todd Rohal) — A Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator, hired to visit a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself performing the last rites at the boy’s bedside.
A Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-fiction was presented to:
“Love. Love. Love.” / Russia (Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram) — Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.
A Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting was presented to:
“Burger” / United Kingdom, Norway (Director and screenwriter: Magnus Mork) — It’s late night in a burger bar in Wales…