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Sundance Festival Favorite Is Picked By Audiences

Sundance Institute

The Sundance Film Festival has one more award to announce.    In a statement released Feb. 4th,  Sundance disclosed the film chosen as their overall Festival Favorite by audiences.  

In their traditional Awards ceremony, Sundance has for many years, given Audience Awards for films in the four major competition categories—U.S. and World, Narrative films and Documentaries.

Recently, though, organizers set up a Festival Favorite honor, and audiences were asked to vote on all 128 features playing at the 2020 Festival.

The top honor went to “Giving Voice” a film playing in the Documentary Premieres program.    The film follows six youngsters in a national high-school competition who perform monologues from the work of playwright August Wilson.

Some of the runners-up also included “On The Record” a documentary on sexual abuse in the hip-hop music industry; “Binti” from the Children’s Program; and “Uncle Frank” a family road-trip drama that played in the festival Premieres.

Other runners up included the competition documentaries “Boys State”, “Crip Camp”, “The Fight”, “The Reason I Jump”, “Softie” and “Welcome to Chechnya.”

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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