Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany was obviously flummoxed, and lost for words, when she picked up a World Cinema Special Jury Prize for her 'Breakout Performance' in a Sundance Film Festival movie.

The 24-year-old was honoured for her portrayal of Ruby in Adriana Maggs' coming-of-age drama, 'Grown Up Movie Star.'

Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany was obviously flummoxed, and lost for words, when she picked up a World Cinema Special Jury Prize for her 'Breakout Performance' in a Sundance Film Festival movie.

The 24-year-old was honoured for her portrayal of Ruby in Adriana Maggs' coming-of-age drama, 'Grown Up Movie Star.'

The Regina-born and now Toronto-based Maslany was the only Canadian to win a prize at the prestigious celebration of independent film, held in Utah and founded by Robert Redford.

"Holy Moly!" said Maslany as she held up her prize. "I want to thank Adriana, who wrote the best script I've ever read... and my mom and brother who came with me... I'm not making any sense!"

She said just being in the Wasatch Mountains was a "tasty and delicious" treat, and being a part of 'Grown Up Movie Star' was an experience she'll never forget, thanks to the committed Newfoundland crew who weathered the elements, including several blizzards, to shoot the low-budget drama about a young girl who was prematurely sexualized by a friend of her father.

Maslany's previous credits include a stint on 'Heartland' as Kit Bailey, 'Being Erica' as Sarah, and 'Instant Star' as Zeppelin Dyer.

Considering last year's winner for Breakout Performance was 2010 Oscar favourite Carey Mulligan for her turn as a young schoolgirl in 'An Education', the honour is significant and potentially life-altering.

"Great films make for a great festival," said John Cooper, newly installed director of the Sundance Film Festival. "This year it was as if I could feel a shift in the DNA of the film community - the reaction to the films was inspiring."

The Jury Prizes are highly prestigious, but sometimes it's the audience awards that translate into viewers and dollars at the box office.