Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, and writer Michael Arndt. Little Miss Sunshine, their bittersweet film about a dysfunctional family, has been nominated for four Academy Awards. This was Faris and Dayton's feature film debut after directing hundreds of music videos, and also the first screenplay of Arndt's to be produced.
After the small independent film premiered at Sundance last year, film distribution companies went into a bidding war. The film fetched $10.5 million, the highest price ever at Sundance. Little Miss Sunshine stars Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, Steve Carell and Abigail Breslin.