Arts & Entertainment

Sundance announces jurors of 2023 film festival

PARK CITY, Utah — The Sundance Institute announced the 16 jurors that will grant awards at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival yesterday.

While festival audiences attending in person will vote for the 2023 Audience Awards, open to films in the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and NEXT categories, as well as the Festival Favorite, these 16 voices from film, art, and culture, will grant awards for feature and short films.

“The jury plays a crucial role in the Festival by amplifying breakthrough works and providing the audience with further opportunities for discovery,” Joana Vicente, CEO of the Sundance Institute, said in a press release. “We thank them for their dedication to artistic excellence and their thoughtful lens on cinematic expression and all that independent film offers.”

This year’s jurors are Jeremy O. Harris, Eliza Hittman, and Marlee Matlin for U.S. Dramatic Competition; W. Kamau Bell, Ramona Diaz, and Carla Gutierrez for U.S. Documentary Competition; Shozo Ichiyama, Annemarie Jacir, and Funa Maduka for World Cinema Dramatic Competition; and Karim Amer, Petra Costa, and Alexander Nanau for World Cinema Documentary Competition; Madeleine Olnek for the NEXT competition section; Destin Daniel Cretton, Marie-Louise Khondji, and Deborah Stratman for the Short Film Program Competition.

The jury for Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize is Dr. Heather Berlin, Jim Gaffigan, Dr. Mandë Holford, Shalini Kantayya, and Lydia Dean Pilcher. They deliberated in advance of the Festival and awarded the Prize to The Pod Generation, directed by Sophie Barthes.

“We are thrilled to welcome these esteemed and accomplished visionaries to the Festival as our jury,” Kim Yutani, the festival’s director of programming, said in a press release. “Together they will embark on a journey through our program to highlight the artistic achievements and honor the compelling storytelling in this year’s Festival. We can’t wait to hear what they think.”

The 2023 Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19–29 in person in Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Resort, along with a selection of films available online across the country January 24–29. Award winners will be announced on January 27. Single Film Ticket sales began this morning at 10 a.m.

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