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Friday, January 25, 2013

'Computer Chess' Movie Wins Sloan Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2013

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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.

A recent Chess Blog post told you about the movie 'Computer Chess' that was making waves at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. Now, we have more news: Andrew Bujalski'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.

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