Meet The Sundance Film Festival Jury For 2022

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The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes for artistic and cinematic achievement at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Also announced was the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize.The Festival takes place January 20-30 via our enhanced online platform at Festival.Sundance.org and in person at seven Satellite Screens venues around the country during the Festival's second weekend.

Sixteen celebrated voices across film, art and culture will bestow this year's awards on feature-length and short films which will be announced on January 28. Festival audiences have a role in deciding the 2022 Audience Awards, open to films in the U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT categories, as well as the Festival Favorite, which is selected across the full feature film program. Award-winning films will be available for special extended-run viewing the closing weekend.

The jury for Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize is Dr. Heather Berlin, Dr. Mandë Holford, PhD, Tenoch Huerta, Lydia Dean Pilcher, and Shawn Snyder. They deliberated in advance of the Festival and awarded the Prize to After Yang, directed by Kogonada. 

This year's jurors are: Chelsea Barnard, Marielle Heller, and Payman Maadi for U.S. Dramatic Competition; Garrett Bradley, Joan Churchill, and Peter Nicks for U.S. Documentary Competition; Andrew Haigh, Mohamed Hefzy, and La Frances Hui for World Cinema Dramatic Competition; and Emilie Bujès, Patrick Gaspard, and Dawn Porter for World Cinema Documentary Competition. Joey Soloway for the NEXT competition section. Penelope Bartlett, Kevin Jerome Everson, and Blackhorse Lowe jury the Short Film Program Competition.

The jury for Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize is Dr. Heather Berlin, Dr. Mandë Holford, PhD, Tenoch Huerta, Lydia Dean Pilcher, and Shawn Snyder. They deliberated in advance of the Festival and awarded the Prize to After Yang, directed by Kogonada. 

Following are the 2022 Sundance Film Festival Jury members and their respective sections:

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION JURY

Chelsea Barnard is a producer based in Los Angeles. She most recently produced Mike Mills' C'mon C'mon and, prior to that, Olivia Wilde's Booksmart. Barnard previously served as president of film and chief creative officer at Annapurna Pictures, overseeing films such as HerFoxcatcherWiener-Dog20th Century WomenPhantom ThreadThe Sisters Brothers, and If Beale Street Could Talk.

Marielle Heller is an award-winning director, writer, and actor. Her humanistic directing style is depicted in her Academy Award–nominated films A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Her directorial debut, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, earned her an Independent Spirit Award. As an actor, her Alma Wheatley in The Queen's Gambit made her an instant audience favorite. Heller's production company, Defiant By Nature, was established in 2019.

Payman Maadi is one of the most important Iranian American actors, screenwriters, and directors working today. He is best known for starring in the Academy Award–winning film A Separation and About Elly by director Asghar Farhadi. For his role in A Separation, Maadi won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival. His recent film credits include Night Shift, 6 Underground13 HoursCamp X-Ray and Just 6.5, and his recent TV credits include HBO's The Night Of and Westworld.

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION JURY

Garrett Bradley works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture, and the history of film in the United States. In 2020, Bradley became the first Black American woman to receive the Directing Award in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival for her debut feature-length documentary, Time, which was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2021 Academy Awards.

Joan Churchill is dedicated to making experiential films. She endeavors to throw the viewer into a firsthand experience with a subjective camera style that actively participates in the story, yet takes second place to the participants themselves. The first pure documentary cinematographer to be accepted into the American Society of Cinematographers, Churchill's accolades include DOC NYC Visionaries Tribute Lifetime Achievement Award, a BAFTA Award, duPont–Columbia University Award, Prix Italia, and the IDA Award for Outstanding Cinematography.

Peter Nicks is an award-winning cinematographer/director known for his immersive camerawork and cinema vérité style. He helmed the critically acclaimed feature documentary The Waiting Room and won the 2017 Sundance Film Festival's U.S. Documentary Directing Award for The ForceHomeroom completes a trilogy of timely, immersive documentaries exploring the interconnected narratives of health care, criminal justice, and education in Oakland, CA. Nicks received his B.A. in English from Howard University and his master's in journalism from UC Berkeley.

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION JURY

Andrew Haigh is a writer and director from the U.K. His award-winning films include Weekend (2011), 45 Years (2015), and Lean on Pete (2017). His television work includes the HBO series Looking, and, most recently, The North Water, a five-part limited series for BBC/AMC+.

Mohamed Hefzy is an Egyptian screenwriter and producer with an evolving filmography of 35 features, including Microphone (2010), Clash (2016), Sheikh Jackson (2017), and Luxor (2020). He has served as a jury member for various international festivals and is the president of the Cairo International Film Festival. He is also the founder of Film Clinic, a pioneering production house in the MENA region, and its distribution arm Film Clinic Indie Distribution, and is the co-founder of Meem Creative Circle.

La Frances Hui is curator of film at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where she has organized director retrospectives featuring Lee Chang-dong, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Federico Fellini, Tomu Uchida, and Tsai Ming-liang. She is a selection committee member for New Directors/New Films, and has been the festival's co-chair since 2020. Hui has served on award juries for Busan International Film Festival, Udine Far East Film Festival, and Hong Kong International Film Festival, among others.

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION JURY

Emilie Bujès is the artistic director of Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon; artistic advisor for Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight; and expert for the film fund visions sud est. She previously was a curator at the Geneva Contemporary Art Center and contributed to festivals and art institutions such as the Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius, La-Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival, and Transmediale (Berlin). She has been a guest lecturer at several art universities. In 2014, she received the Swiss Art Award for curators.

Patrick Gaspard is president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. As a key figure in President Obama's administration, Gaspard held several prominent positions, including U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. A proud Brooklynite, Gaspard got his start as a union organizer. He attended Columbia University and was awarded the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP.

Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at two Sundance Film Festivals and has appeared on HBO, PBS, Netflix, and more. She recently directed and executive produced an Apple TV series on mental health with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry. Recent credits include Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer (National Geographic), The Way I See It (Focus Features), and John Lewis: Good Trouble (Magnolia Pictures). She is currently working on a documentary series with Showtime Networks about the United States Supreme Court.

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