The Sundance Film Festival returned to Park City, Utah in person and streamed online this year. The 2023 Sundance Film Festival jurors and audiences voted to present with the awards to official selections in all the various sections of the festival including U.S. Dramatic, U.S. Documentary, World Cinema Dramatic and World Cinema Documentary, as well as the NEXT sidebar. The awards ceremony was held on 27 January at The Ray Theatre in Park City.
The jury and audience-awarded prizes amplify the latest storytelling to come from indie filmmakers, with Grand Jury Prizes awarded to “A Thousand and One” (U.S. Dramatic), “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” (U.S. Documentary), “Scrapper” (World Cinema Dramatic), and “The Eternal Memory” (World Cinema Documentary), and the NEXT Innovator Award presented by Adobe was awarded to “KOKOMO CITY.”
Voted on by the audience, “Radical” was granted the Festival Favorite Award. Audience Awards for films in competition were presented to “The Persian Version” (U.S. Dramatic) and “Beyond Utopia” (U.S. Documentary), and presented by United Airlines to “Shayda” (World Cinema Dramatic) and “20 Days in Mariupol” (World Cinema Documentary). “KOKOMO CITY” won the audience award for NEXT.