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“One Child Nation”, “Honeyland” take doc prizes at Sundance ’19

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s One Child Nation and Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s Honeyland took home grand jury prizes at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The festival’s award ceremony was held Saturday (Feb. 2) with host ...
February 4, 2019

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s One Child Nation and Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s Honeyland took home grand jury prizes at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

The festival’s award ceremony was held Saturday (Feb. 2) with host Marianna Palka and jurors presenting 28 prizes for feature filmmaking in Park City, Utah.

Wang and Zhang picked up the U.S. grand jury documentary prize for their 85-minute feature, which investigates China’s one-child policy and how it reverberated through generations.

Elsewhere, Macedonian directors Kotevska and Stefanov claimed the world cinema grand jury prize for documentary with their 85-minute feature (pictured), which follows the last female bee hunter in Europe as she tries to save the embattled insects and restore natural balance.

Of the 28 prizes award to 23 films, 13 (56.5%) were directed by one or more women; eight (34.8%) were led by one or more people of color; and one (4.3%) was directed by a person who identifies as LGBTQI.

Feature film award winners in previous years include WeinerTwenty Feet from Stardom, Searching for Sugarman and Man on Wire.

“This year’s expansive Festival celebrated and championed risk-taking artists,” said Keri Putnam, the Institute’s executive director, in a statement. “As the Festival comes to a close, we look forward to watching the stories and conversations that started here as they shape and define our culture in the year to come.”

Below, a list of the Sundance Feature Film Festival documentary winners:

U.S.  Grand Jury Prize
One Child Nation
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang
China, U.S.

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize
Honeyland
Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Macedonia

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary
Knock Down the House
Rachel Lears

Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
Sea of Shadows
Richard Ladkani
Austria

Directing Award: U.S. Documentary
American Factory
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
Mads Brügger
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency
Always in Season
Jacqueline Olive

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Emerging Filmmaker
Jawline
Liza Mandelup

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing
Apollo 11
Todd Douglas Miller

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography
Midnight Family
Luke Lorentzen

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for No Borders
Midnight Traveler
Hassan Fazzili
U.S.A., Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Impact for Change
Honeyland
Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
Macedonia

World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography
Honeyland
Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma
Macedonia

(Photo of Honeyland by Samir Ljuma. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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