Miami Filmmaker Bernardo Britto Wins Sundance Animation Award
A still from Yearbook, Bernardo Britto's Sundance award-winning short film.
The Sundance Institute announced its winners in short filmmaking at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and Miami filmmaker Bernardo Britto came away with a prize.
Britto's short film Yearbook won the Short Film Jury Award: Animation at the awards ceremony.
Yearbook tells the story of "a man [who] is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up," according to the announcement from Sundance. The film is the first Britto has shown at Sundance, but Miamians may be familiar with Britto's work from past Borscht film festivals, in which he's presented previous works including The Places Where We Lived.
Britto's award marks another milestone in film collective Borscht Corp.'s increasing prominence on the national scene. Daniel Cardenas' Xemoland marked the collective's debut at Sundance in 2011, followed in 2012 by Lucas Leyva and Jillian Mayer's Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke, starring Luther Campbell himself. Last year, Leyva and Mayer following up with #PostModem.
But while previous films have earned critical acclaim -- Huffington Post named #PostModem one of the "most stunning independent movies at Sundance" that year -- Britto is the first Borscht filmmaker to take home an award at the festival.
Needless to say, they were pretty excited:
FIRST MIAMI FILM TO WIN SUNDANCE JURY AWARD! Congrats to "Yearbook" by Bernardo Britto!!!! Grand Jury Prize for Animation!!!
— Borscht (@borschtcorp) January 22, 2014
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