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The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Burden among the big winners at Sundance 2018

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Story by Jack Foley

PROVOCATIVE drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, has won the highly coveted US Dramatic Grand Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which held its awards ceremony on Saturday night.

The film, directed by Desiree Akhavan, is set in a gay conversion therapy centre that tries to turn several young lesbians straight.

Audience Award winners included the dramatic feature Burden, writer/director Andrew Heckler’s tale of a Klansman whose encounters with a single mother and an African-American reverend teach him tolerance. The film stars Garrett Hedlund.

The audience choice for best documentary was The Sentence, which recounts the case of the director’s sister, who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for a crime in which she was only tangentially involved. Rudy Valdez helmed the piece.

The Documentary Grand Jury Award was presented to Derek Doneen’s Kailash, a portrait of Kailash Satyarthi, who has led a campaign to end child slavery.

The US Dramatic Directing Award was given to The Kindergarten Teacher, which was directed by Sara Colangelo, while the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking went to Reed Morano’s I Think We’re Alone Now.

Jason Mantzoukas, who stars in festival feature The Long Dumb Road, hosted the night’s ceremony, which took place at Basin Recreation Field House in Park City, Utah.

The winners in full

US Dramatic Competition

US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Award
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, directed by Desiree Akhavan

US Dramatic Audience Award
Burden, directed by Andrew Heckler

US Dramatic Directing Award
The Kindergarten Teacher, directed by Sara Colangelo

US Dramatic Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
Nancy, written by Christina Choe

US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature
Monsters and Men, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green

US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking
I Think We’re Alone Now, directed by Reed Morano

US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting
Benjamin Dickey, Blaze

US Documentary Competition

US Documentary Grand Jury Prize Award*
Kailish, directed by Derek Doneen

US Documentary Audience Award
The Sentence, directed by Rudy Valdez

US Documentary Directing Award
On Her Shoulders, directed by Alexandria Bombach

US Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact
Crime + Punishment, directed by Stephen Maing

US Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision
Hale County This Morning, This Evening, directed by RaMell Ross

US Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking
Minding the Gap, directed by Bing Liu

US Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling
Three Identical Strangers, directed by Tim Wardle