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By Film Threat Staff | February 2, 2005

Since a few Sundance juries have proved that they can’t always be trusted, the Film Threat staff has compiled its own list of favorites from each category at the fest. Keep an eye out for these top-tier films on the festival circuit and in theaters. It’s not humanly possible to see all the films at the festival, so please note that these honors are based on the 30 to 80 films each person managed to see.

Dramatic Competition

Jeremy Mathews: Brick (Honorable mention: Me and You and Everyone We Know, The Squid and the Whale)

Pete Vonder Haar: The Squid and the Whale

Bob Westal: Tie: The Dying Gaul and Hustle & Flow

Daniel Wible: Brick

Documentary Competition

Eric: Murderball

Jeremy: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (To avoid giving honorable mention to five films, I’ll just say that this category was very strong this year. All the award winners are worth checking out, as is Shakespeare Behind Bars)

Pete: Murderball

Bob: The Aristocrats

Daniel: Why We Fight

World Dramatic Competition

Eric: Wolf Creek

Jeremy: Tie: Brothers and Live-in Maid

Pete: Brothers

Daniel: Kekexili: Mountain Patrol

World Documentary Competition

Jeremy: Grizzly Man

Pete: Grizzly Man

Daniel: Grizzly Man

Midnight Movie

Eric: Hard Candy

Jeremy: Matando Cabos

Daniel: What is It?

American Spectrum

Eric: Saving Face

Jeremy: Tie: Mitchellville and The Talent Given Us

Bob: Rize

Daniel: Swimmers


Eric: The Joy of Life

Jeremy: Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2


Eric: 3-Iron

Jeremy: Drum

Pete: Reefer Madness

Bob: Loverboy

Daniel: The Matador

Best Short

Eric: Oh My God

Jeremy: Wasp

Pete: Fuel

Bob: Kare Kare Zvako: Mother’s Day

Daniel: The Children of Leningradsky

Best Overall

Eric: Hard Candy

Jeremy: Brick

Pete: Reefer Madness

Bob: Kare Kare Zvako: Mother’s Day

Daniel: Brick

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