Dying Girl Tops 2015 Sundance Awards

The awards for this year’s Sundance Film Festival were handed out last night in Utah with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s coming-of-age tale “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” taking the top honors of both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in that category.

In the film, Thomas Mann plays a young man who is asked to befriend a girl with leukemia (Olivia Cooke). The project was already picked up by Fox Searchlight for a record setting $12 million

The Michael Fassbender-led “Slow West” won the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, with Prashant Nair’s Indian drama “Umrika” taking the audience award in that category.

The British documentary “The Russian Woodpecker,” which deals with a Chernobyl survivor, took the World Cinema Documentary Grand Prize. Louise Osmond’s “Dark Horse” taking the audience award in the same category. Mountain climbing documentary “Meru” took both the U.S. Documentary jury and audience prizes.

Other winners include “The Witch,” “Dreamcatcher,” “The Summer of Sangaile,” “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” “3 1/2 Minutes,” “Cartel Land,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “James White,” “The Chinese Mayor,” “Pervert Park,” “How to Change the World,” “Germain McMicking for Partisan,” “Advantageous,” “The Second Mother,” “Glassland,” “Dope” and “(T)error”.