Bob Dylan and Penelope Cruz
Masked and Anonymous Party
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Daryl Hannah and David Arquette
Masked and Anonymous Party
Photo: Jeff Vespa, Wireimage.com

The Sundance Film Festival is proud to announce the winners
of the Independent Feature Film Competition

                  The Documentary Grand Jury Prize was given to CAPTURING THE
                  FRIEDMANS, directed by Andrew Jarecki and produced by Andrew
                  Jarecki and Marc Smerling. The Dramatic Grand Jury Prize was
                  presented to AMERICAN SPLENDOR, directed by Shari Springer
                  Berman and Robert Pulcini and produced by Ted Hope.

                  The Documentary Audience Award was presented to MY FLESH AND
                  BLOOD, directed by Jonathan Karsh and produced by Jennifer
                  Chaiken. The Dramatic Audience Award winner was THE STATION
                  AGENT, directed by Tom McCarthy and produced by Mary Jane
                  Skalski, Robert May, and Kathryn Tucker. The Audience Awards,
                  sponsored by Volkswagen of America, Inc., are given to a
                  documentary and a dramatic film in Competition or American
                  Spectrum, as voted by Film Festival audiences.

                  The World Cinema Audience Award was given to WHALE RIDER,
                  directed by Niki Caro and produced by Tim Sanders, John Barrett, and
                  Frank Hubner. The World Cinema Audience Award, sponsored by The
                  Coca-Cola Company, is given to a film in the World Cinema category
                  as voted by Film Festival audiences.

Robin Wright Penn, Robert Downey Jr
The Singing Detective
Photo: Jeff Vespa, Wireimage.com

Val Kilmer
Masked and Anynymous Party
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Holly Hunter
Photo: Jeff Vespa, Wireimage.com

                  The Directing Award recognizes excellence in directing for dramatic
                  and documentary features. The Documentary Directing Award went
                  to MY FLESH AND BLOOD, directed by Jonathan Karsh. The Dramatic
                  Directing Award was presented to Catherine Hardwicke for

                  The Excellence in Cinematography Award honors exceptional
                  photography in both a dramatic and documentary film at the Film
                  Festival. Dana Kupper, Gordon Quinn, and Peter Gilbert for STEVIE
                  from the Documentary Competition and Derek Cianfrance for
                  QUATTRO NOZA from the Dramatic Competition received the 2003
                  Cinematography Awards.

                  The Freedom of Expression Award is given to a documentary film that
                  informs and educates the public on issues of social or political
                  concern. The Documentary Jury awarded the Freedom of Expression
                  Award to WHAT I WANT MY WORDS TO DO TO YOU, directed by
                  Judith Katz, Madeleine Gavin, and Gary Sunshine and produced by
                  Judith Katz.

                  The Dramatic Jury presents the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award to
                  outstanding achievement in writing. The 2003 prize was given to Tom
                  McCarthy for THE STATION AGENT. The award is sponsored by the
                  Utah Film Commission.

                  The Documentary Jury bestowed Special Jury Prizes to THE MURDER
                  OF EMMETT TILL, directed by Stanley Nelson and produced by Mark
                  Samels and to A CERTAIN KIND OF DEATH, directed and produced by
                  Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock.

                  The Dramatic Jury bestowed Special Jury Prizes for Outstanding
                  Performance to both Patricia Clarkson, for her work in THE STATION
                  AGENT, PIECES OF APRIL, and ALL THE REAL GIRLS, and Charles
                  Busch for his role in DIE MOMMIE DIE. The Dramatic Jury also
                  presented two Special Jury Prizes for Emotional Truth to ALL THE
                  REAL GIRLS, directed by David Gordon Green, and WHAT ALICE
                  FOUND, directed by A. Dean Bell.

                  The Shorts Jury presented the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking to
                  TERMINAL BAR, directed by Stefan Nadelman. The Shorts Jury
                  awarded Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking to OCULARIST,
                  directed by Vance Malone; EARTHQUAKE, directed by James Brett;
                  PAN WITH US, directed by David Russo; ASYLUM, directed by Sandy
                  McLeod and Gini Reticker; THE PLANETS, directed by Francesca
                  Talenti; THE FREAK, directed by Aristomenis Tsirbas; FITS &
                  STARTS, directed by Vince Di Meglio; and FROM THE 104TH FLOOR,
                  directed by Serguei Bassine. The Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking is
                  sponsored by American Express.

                  The 2003 Documentary Competition jurors were Nanette Burstein,
                  Susan Froemke, Avon Kirkland, Lesli Klainberg, and Doug Pray.

                  The Dramatic Competition jurors for 2003 were Steve Buscemi,
                  Emanuel Levy, David O. Russell, Tilda Swinton, and Forest Whitaker.

                  The 2003 Shorts Jury were Thérèse DePrez, Scott Foundas, and Ruby

                  The 2003 Sundance Online Film Festival Viewers Awards went to
                  BROKEN SAINTS, by Brooke Burgess (Animation), and ONE, by
                  Stewart Hendler (Short Subject).

                  The Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award was created to
                  honor and support emerging filmmakers with their next screenplays –
                  one each from the United States, Europe, Latin America and Japan –
                  who possess the originality, talent and vision to be celebrated as we
                  look to the future of international cinema. The winning filmmakers
                  and projects are: Yesim Ustaoglu, WAITING FOR THE CLOUDS from
                  Europe; Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll, WHISKY from Latin
                  America; Michael Kang, THE MOTEL from the United States; and Mai
                  Tominaga, 100% PURE WOOL from Japan.

                  Yesterday, the 2003 Sundance Film Festival announced that
                  DOPAMINE, directed by first-time director Mark Decena, and
                  co-written by Decena and Tim Breitbach was the winner of the first
                  annual Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. The Prize carries a
                  $20,000 cash award to be split equally between the writer and the
                  director, and is designed to increase the visibility of outstanding
                  independent films on science and technology and to showcase the
                  work of emerging filmmakers tackling compelling topics in science.

                  Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute is dedicated
                  to the development of artists of independent vision and the exhibition
                  of their new work. Since its inception, the Institute has grown into an
                  internationally recognized resource for filmmakers and other artists.
                  Sundance Institute conducts national and international labs for
                  filmmakers, screenwriters, composers, writers, and theater artists.
                  The annual Sundance Film Festival, a major program of Sundance
                  Institute, is held each January and is considered the premier
                  showcase for American and international independent film. The
                  Institute supports non-fiction filmmakers through the Documentary
                  Film Program by providing year-round support through the Sundance
                  Documentary Fund and a series of programs, which nurture their
                  growth, encourage the exploration of innovative nonfiction
                  storytelling, and promote the exhibition of documentary films to a
                  broader audience. Through the Sundance Institute Theatre Program,
                  the Institute is committed to invigorating the national theater
                  movement with original and creative work and to nurturing the
                  diversity of artistic expression among theater artists. The Institute
                  also maintains The Sundance Collection at UCLA, a unique archive of
                  independent film

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