Drum roll please…the prestigious programming team at the Sundance Film Festival
has reviewed the many outstanding films submitted to this year's Project Direct
short film competition and the results are in!
We were thrilled to see so many of you who competed in last year's contest return for more, and we were equally thrilled to see so much new talent alongside them.
In fact, some of last year's finalists made it into the top 10 once again, proving that filmmakers on YouTube are not one-hit wonders, but consistent, talented storytellers.
Now it's up to all of you to decide which of these 10 filmmakers will make it to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
The filmmakers' challenge was to create a short film including 3 specific props: a red phone and 2 other props made famous by films from the Sundance Film Festival's 25 year history.
Your challenge is to watch them all and vote for your favorites at youtube.com/ProjectDirect.
For a sneak peek of the top 10, check out Darren Aronofsky's video announcing the finalists:
Now start voting! You have until 11:59PM EST on January 3rd to cast...
Main Street in Park City, Utah
This year’s Sundance Film Festival came to a close on Saturday night with an awards ceremony hosted by actor William H. Macy. The winning films were selected by both a panel of jurors as well as the audiences who descended on Park City, Utah for the annual showcase of U.S. and international independent cinema.
THE GRAND JURY PRIZE (DRAMATIC)
Frozen River, directed by Courtney Hunt
THE GRAND JURY PRIZE (DOCUMENTARY)
Trouble the Water, directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal
THE AUDIENCE AWARD (DRAMATIC)
The Wackness, directed by Jonathan Levine
THE AUDIENCE AWARD (DOCUMENTARY)
Fields of Fuel, directed by Josh Tickell
THE WORLD CINEMA JURY PRIZE
Man On Wire (U.K.), directed by James Marsh
THE DIRECTING AWARD (DRAMATIC)
Lance Hammer, for Ballast
THE DIRECTING AWARD (DOCUMENTARY)
Nanette Burstein, for American Teen
The jurors for this year’s Dramatic Competion were actors Marcia Gay Harden, Sandra Oh, and Diego Luna; and directors Mary Harron and Quentin Tarantino.
The complete list of winners can be found on the official Sundance website
. And EW.com’s ongoing coverage of this year’s festival can be found here.