'Computer Chess' wins Sloan Prize at Sundance
Published: January 24, 2013 11:26AM
Updated: January 24, 2013 11:26AM
| courtesy Sundance Institute Programmers try to teach computers to play chess in Andrew Bujaski's "Computer Chess." The movie, playing in the Next program at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, won Sundance's Alfred P. Sloan Prize.

Andrew Bujaski's "Computer Chess," a black-and-white "existential comedy" about the guys who programmed the first chess-playing computer, has won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute announced Thursday.

The prize, presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, goes to a film that explores science or technology as a theme or depicts a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.

The Sloan Prize has something most other awards at Sundance don't have: Cash. The winner gets $20,000.

"Computer Chess" is playing in the Next program at Sundance.

The institute also announced the recipient of the Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Lab Fellowship. It goes to "Prodigal Summer," an adaptation of Barbara Kingsolver's novel (written by Kingsolver and the film's director, Nicole Kassell) about three interwoven love stories in southern Appalachia.