‘Cyborg Foundation’ Wins $100K Focus Forward Prize at Sundance

Spanish short documentary is chosen as top film in Focus Forward's yearlong program, taking home $100,000 cash prize in most lucrative awards ever given to short docs

Spanish director Rafel Duran Torrent has won the $100,000 cash prize in the Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. The awards, the most lucrative ever given to short documentaries, went to five different shorts, with the top one being Duran Torrent's "Cyborg Foundation."

The director will also be invited to a Sundance Institute ShortsLab program of his choice this year.

Runners-up were Jared P. Scott and Kelly Nyks for "The Artificial Leaf," Paul Lazarus for "Slingshot," Kim Munsamy for "Bones Don't Lie and Don't Forget" and Callum Cooper for "Mine Kafon."

The program was launced at last year's Sundance by Morgan Spurlock and Karol Martesko-Fenster. Focus Forward was run by Spurlock's and Martesko-Fenster's company, cinelan, and sponsored by GE.

The top films were chosen by a jury consisting of Sundance senior programmer Caroline Libresco, actress Daryl Hannah and directors Barbara Kopple, Jose Padilha, Joe Berlinger, Floyd Webb and Peter Wintonick.

The winning films and the 15 other finalists can be viewed on the Focus Forward website.

 

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