Caroline Lindy’s “Your Monster” Takes Top Audience Award at Sundance London 2024

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"Your Monster," directed by Caroline Lindy, won the Audience Favourite Award at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival: London. The festival, held at Picturehouse Central from June 6-9, featured 11 feature films, UK shorts, and numerous industry talks. Notable attendees included Melissa Barrera and Michael Fassbender.
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The 2024 Sundance Film Festival: London concluded with the Audience Favourite Award being presented to "Your Monster," a film directed, produced, and written by Caroline Lindy. Produced alongside Kayla Foster, the film stars Melissa Barrera, Tommy Dewey, Meghann Fahy, Edmund Donovan, and Foster herself.

"Your Monster" tells the story of Laura Franco, a soft-spoken actress who, after her life falls apart, finds her voice again through a peculiar encounter with a terrifying yet oddly charming monster in her closet. The film had its UK premiere at the festival following its world premiere at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Thousands of festival-goers cast their votes during the four-day event at Picturehouse Central, ultimately selecting "Your Monster" as their favourite. The festival, running from June 6 to June 9, showcased 11 feature films, a UK short film program with seven shorts, an Industry Talks Programme, an Interactive Pitch Panel, and three public talks featuring top filmmakers and industry experts.

The festival opened with "Kneecap," an Irish-language film by writer-director Rich Peppiatt, featuring rappers DJ Próvaí, Mo Chara, and Móglaí Bap, as well as actors Michael Fassbender, Josie Walker, Jessica Reynolds, and Fionnuala Flaherty. It closed with "Didi (弟弟)" by Academy Award®-nominated director Sean Wang and producer Carlos López Estrada. Other notable films included "Sasquatch Sunset" by David and Nathan Zellner, "Rob Peace" introduced by Chiwetel Ejiofor, and "Handling the Undead" by Thea Hvistendahl, winner of the 2024 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Original Music.

Documentary highlights included "Skywalkers: A Love Story" by Jeff Zimbalist, Maria Bukhonina, and Tamir Ardon, and "Never Look Away" by Lucy Lawless and Matthew Metcalfe. The UK short film program featured "Alo" by Xenia Glen, "Essex Girls" by Yero Timi-Biu, "Good Boy" by Tom Stuart, "Mamu" by Aephie Chen, "[S]" by Mario Radev, "Salone Love" by Tajana Tokyo, and "Shé (Snake)" by Renee Zhan.

Celebrating the 40th edition of the Sundance Film Festival, Sundance London 2024 included screenings of past festival highlights such as "Under the Skin" and "Kinky Boots," along with short films by directors like Riz Ahmed, Romola Garai, and Emerald Fennell, who discussed her short "Careful How You Go."

The festival's Keynote Speech was delivered by Carlos López Estrada, known for "Raya and the Last Dragon" and "Blindspotting." Other industry speakers included BFI London Film Festival director Kristy Matheson, Anna Higgs from Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, Louisa Dent from Curzon, and Franki Goodwin from Saatchi & Saatchi. The lineup also featured filmmakers Prano Bailey Bond, Sally El Hosaini, and Peter Ettedgui, providing a comprehensive look at the current and future state of filmmaking.