Festival News: The Winners of Sundance 2014

first_imgCinematography Award: U. S. DocumentaryE-TEAM / Ross Kauffman & Rachel Beth Anderson Screenwriting Award: World Cinema DramaticBlind / Eskil Vogt U. S. Grand Jury Prize: DocumentaryRich Hill U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical ScoreKumiko, the Treasure Hunter / The Octopus Project A record audience welcomes the winners of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.Every year the film industry descends on Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. The festival, which began in 1978, has become one of the worlds most prestigious and talked about film events…and this year was no exception.With a record number of submissions, 2014 was a great year for Sundance. Fierce weather and even fiercer competition was on display all across the beehive state (I kid you not…Utah is really called The Beehive State!) The winners were crowned, gaining film immortality and most importantly, they can put those festival laurels on their DVD cover!Here are the winners of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival: Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. DramaticThe Skeleton Twins / Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble ActingBurger Editing Award: U. S. DocumentaryWatchers of the Sky World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: DocumentaryReturn to Homs Short Film Grand Jury PrizeOf God and Dogs Directing Award: U. S. DramaticFishing Without Nets / Cutter Hodierne World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble PerformanceGod Help the Girl Cinematography Award: World Cinema DramaticLilting / Ula Pontikos Short Film Special Jury Award for NonfictionLove. Love. Love. Audience Award: Best of NEXTImperial Dreams Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary20,000 Days on Earth / Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard Audience Award: World Cinema DramaticDifret U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Intuitive FilmmakingThe Overnighters Directing Award: U. S. DocumentaryThe Case Against 8 / Ben Cotner & Ryan White Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic52 Tuesdays / Sophie Hyde Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary20,000 Days on Earth Short Film Jury Award: AnimationYearbook Cinematography Award: U. S. DramaticLow Down / Christopher Blauvelt World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic BraveryWe Come as Friends U. S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Use of AnimationWatchers of the Sky Short Film Jury Award: NonfictionI Think This is the Closest to How the Footage Looked For more info on Sundance including how to submit your film to be screened in 2015 check out the Sundance website.Let the countdown begin until next year:COUNTDOWN WEBSITEWhat was your favorite film of Sundance 2014? Should someone else have been in the list of winners? Share your thoughts in the Comments below! Audience Award: U. S. DramaticWhiplash Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film PrizeI Origins Audience Award: U.S. DocumentaryAlive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory Short Film Jury Award: US FictionGregory Go Boom Short Film Jury Award: International FictionThe Cut Audience Award: World Cinema: DocumentaryThe Green Prince World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: DramaticTo Kill a Man Short Film Special Jury Award for Unique VisionRat Pack Rat U. S. Grand Jury Prize: DramaticWhiplash U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough TalentDear White People / Justin Simien Short Film Audience AwardChapel Perilous Cinematography Award: World Cinema DocumentaryHappiness / Thomas Balmès & Nina Bernfeldlast_img read more

‘Do it again’: Djokovic confident of historic second Slam sweep

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their ATP Masters tournament final tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)Novak Djokovic believes that his 2016 achievement of holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time is the perfect playbook for a repeat performance at Roland Garros as he tries to become just the second man to complete the feat.The world number one heads into the French Open with Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open titles already under his belt.ADVERTISEMENT However, Djokovic’s potential date with destiny would have appeared to be fantasy 12 months ago.In Paris in 2018, Djokovic, still recovering from elbow surgery, crashed to a shock quarter-final loss to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato from Italy.The defeat saw him slip out of the top 20 for the first time in over a decade and briefly had him contemplating skipping Wimbledon.That threat was soon retracted and he went on to win the next three majors, a performance which has put him on the brink of history.Victory in two weeks’ time would also move him halfway to emulating Laver’s feat of calendar Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969.ADVERTISEMENT Victory in the June 9 final in Paris would allow him to join Rod Laver as the only other man to hold all the four majors at the same time twice.“There is an extra motivation and incentive to win Roland Garros because of the opportunity to hold all four Slams, something I did three years ago,” said the 32-year-old on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That gives me obviously enough reason to believe I can do it again.”Old rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal may have more career majors — 20 and 17 respectively to Djokovic’s 15 — but neither of them has managed even one private sweep, let alone two. View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport GALLERY: Ateneo lights up another bonfire for UAAP Season 81 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I hold three Slams, am world number one. Obviously, it’s quite a different feeling approaching the tournament, with more confidence, and hopefully I can have a good two weeks,” he said.Despite his optimism, however, Djokovic prefers to pile the pressure of expectation onto the shoulders of 11-time Roland Garros champion Nadal.Nadal defeated the Serb in the Italian Open final last weekend, a performance which led Djokovic to anoint the Spaniard as the man to beat in Paris.“He’s the main favorite to win the title,” said Djokovic who remains just one of two men to have beaten the Spaniard on the Roland Garros clay in 14 years.“It wouldn’t be fair to pick anybody else but him as the main favorite, because he has won this tournament so many times.“He has lost two times in his career on Parisian clay. So lots of respect for him, obviously, as always.”Djokovic starts his bid for a second Roland Garros title and 16th major against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, the world number 43.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Thais rejoice at success of dramatic cave rescue

first_img\R Chiang Rai, Jul 11 (AFP) Thailand celebrated the successful mission to free 12 boys and their football coach from a cave today, with the nation heaping praise on the rescue team as the triumphant tagline “Hooyah” pinballed across social media.The nerve-shredding three-day mission ended on Tuesday with the final group of four boys and the coach emerging from the cave which had held them captive for 18 days.The rescue received blanket coverage in Thai media with newspapers The Nation running a “Hooyah! Mission accomplished” and the Bangkok Post emblazoned with “All Wild Boars saved” Their ordeal gripped the world, with the lives of the boys aged 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach hanging the balance as the threat of heavy rain injected urgency to an already perilous extraction bid.Rescuers had weighed up several options to save the boys, including keeping them in the cave through the months-long monsoon season.But they were prodded into the dangerous task of ‘diving out’ the team through submerged chambers and claustrophobic passages as oxygen levels in the cave plummeted and rains menaced.The group were led out in three batches by a team of 13 international divers flanked by the Thai Navy SEALs, who greeted each successful rescue with a “Hooyah” on their Facebook page.That sign off quickly turned into a hashtag shared across social media, where luminaries of business, politics and sport extended their best wishes to the team and the rescuers.The boys and the coach are in quarantine in Chiang Rai hospital, apparently in good spirits despite their ordeal.advertisementToday, a few hundred school children gathered opposite the hospital, looking up at the building that will be home to the rescued football team for the coming days.Their teacher led them in a chant thanking “everyone who came to help make the mission succeed,” in a small reflection of a wider gratitude towards the foreign experts who helped extract the stricken group.Authorities have shrouded the details of the rescue bid in secrecy, with fragments of information emerging about the heroic efforts of the dive team.The dangers of the rescue were brought into sharp relief last Friday by the death of a retired Thai Navy SEAL as he ran out off air in the flooded cave complex as the extraction plans were being laid.”I’m very happy and relieved. I haven’t been able to sleep for days. I’m happy that the boys are out too,” Khamluh Guntawong grandfather of the team coach Ekkapol Chantawong said.”Ekk really loves and cares for the boys,” he added, of a figure who is emerging as something of hero despite being the only adult to accompany the boys into the cave on June 23.The group became trapped in rising floodwaters and were found nine days later emaciated and dishevelled on a muddy ledge, with water lapping ominously below.The saga captivated a global audience for over two weeks, rewarding them with a remarkable happy ending.French football star Paul Pogba dedicated his country’s World Cup semi-final victory over Belgium to “the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong” he tweeted.(AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more