The five Jury Prize winners of the $200,000 Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition are Callum Cooper (Mine Kafon), Kim Munsay (Bones Don’t Lie And Don’t Forget), Paul Lazarus (Slingshot), Jared P. Scott and Kelly Nyks (The Artificial Leaf) and Rafel Duran Torrent (Cyborg Foundation). The winners were announced today by GE and Cinelan. The Grand Jury Prize of $100,000 will be announced on January 22 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, two new films by Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens) and Morgan Spurlock (Mansome), created specifically for the “Focus Forward _ Short Films, Big Ideas” series will make their world premiere in the Shorts Competition of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will also be paired with select features in the Sundance U.S. Documentary and World Cinema Documentary sections. They will premiere online January 22 on Vimeo and also will be shown at a special public screening in Park City along with three new Focus Forward films by Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel), Senain Kheshgi (Project Kashmir), and David White & Paul Wedel (I Kill), which will also world premiere at the screening. Descriptions of those films follow:
Sundance Film Festival Shorts Competition
YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Dir. Morgan Spurlock, 2013
Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore, has developed a revolutionary new test for pancreatic cancer. The future of science is in the hands of our youth.
THE SECRET OF TREES, Dir. Albert Maysles, 2013
What do trees know that we don’t? 13-year-old inventor Aidan realized that trees use a mathematical formula to gather sunlight in crowded forests. Then he wondered why we don’t collect solar energy in the same way.
Premiering in a Special Screening at Holiday Village Cinema on 1/22
THE CLEANEST PIG, Dir. David White & Paul Wedel, 2013
After waiting 50 years, some exceedingly rare pigs help Dr. Bob Elliott perform a medical miracle.
TECHISTAN, Dir. Senain Kheshgi, 2013
Tech entrepreneur Rehan Allawala is on a mission to empower Pakistan’s most disenfranchised before they’re left behind by the Internet revolution.
THE CONTENDERS, Dir. Lucy Walker 2013
How did a group of online fold.it gamers solve in three weeks a medical puzzle that had baffled AIDS researchers for over a decade?