flavo5000 wrote: ↑April 22nd, 2021, 5:13 pm
Fergenaprido wrote: ↑April 22nd, 2021, 4:14 pm
sol wrote: ↑April 22nd, 2021, 9:55 am
I think when I investigated this before, I concluded that both Circle of Power
and Old Enough
should be part of the list. Both are amazing films too.
I did some minor digging. Both are listed on imdb as winning the Sundance top prize. Old Enough is listed on wikipedia (but not Circle of Power), and neither film is listed on the Sundance site as winning. They're both mentioned, but not as winners. I'm inclined to go with Sundance itself, but there must be some reason those two are included on some lists. The Festival's own site consider 1985 to be the first year
I did some more digging. So the festival actually started in 1978 under the name US/Utah Film Festival and actually awarded two Jury prizes to Weill's Girlfriends (which won top prize) and The Whole Shootin' Match (which received a specially created 2nd place prize). But it looks like they've been giving out grand jury awards since 1978 which means there are several films missing from the list. FYI, Circle of Power was given the Dramatic Film top award at the 1982 festival, not 1984. The reason the Sundance website starts in 1985 is that was the year the Sundance Institute took over the festival. Although Robert Redford was involved from the very beginning back in 1978, and it wasn't actually named the Sundance Film Festival until 1991.
From what I can gather, here's what I've found in summary so far:
1978: Girlfriends (Claudia Weill)
1979: Spirit of the Wind (Ralph Liddle)
1980: No festival held this year
1982: Killer of Sheep? (I found an article stating it won 1st prize in 1982) /Circle of Power? (Wikipedia and IMDB lists it as having won the Dramatic Film prize)
1984: Old Enough
Could you share your sources? If we have news articles or other definitive information, I think that should be good enough to cite as a reason to update the list.
is on the Sundance site, but it's listed in 1982 as a lab film: https://history.sundance.org/films/1708/old_enough
though that might still mean it screened in 1984 since Boys Don't Cry is listed as a lab film from 1997, but came out in 1999: https://history.sundance.org/films/3865/boys_dont_cry
- yeah, it's listed in the 1984 festival later)
I was wrong, though, and Circle of Power
isn't listed there.
Here's the award summary for the 1985 Festival: https://history.sundance.org/events/20
For 1984, though, no awards are mentioned: https://history.sundance.org/events/19
None of the earlier years have summaries at all.
I found this list on wikipedia of all award winners: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_S ... rd_winners
Each year (1984-present) is sourced to the Sundance.org award summary page for that year, but the 1984 link is the same blank one I shared above.
I found this list on wikipedia of all selected films (1978-present): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_S ... selections
is listed as the Jury Prize
winner for the Regional Cinema Competition - I don't know if that's the same as the Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
, as there are often multiple different jury prizes each year.
Spirit of the Wind
is listed as the Grand Prize—Independent Film Competition
- this sounds more comparable to Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
No other films are listed as winners until 1985.