First time filmmaker wins top prize at Sundance

A mythical film starring an eight-year-old girl and a documentary about the war on drugs took top honours at the Sundance Film Festival.

Beasts of the Southern Wild won the grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic competition and The House I Live In won the same award in the U.S. documentary category Saturday in Park City, Utah.

Directed and co-written by 29-year-old first-time filmmaker Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild follows a girl named Hushpuppy who lives with her father in the southern Mississippi Delta. The film also won the cinematography prize.

Indie Game: The Movie won the world cinema documentary editing prize at Saturday’s gala that marked the end of the annual movie marathon.The feature was directed and edited by Winnipeggers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky .


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