Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of eight short films selected from this year’s Festival, which over the course of its more than 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the distinct 2016 program traverses vibrant styles from wild comedy to reflective poetry. Each breaks through its limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after it ends.
Written and directed by Bridey Elliott. U.S.A., 16 minutes.
This comedy about isolation and loneliness follows a young woman who is adrift and seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.
Bacon & God’s Wrath
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction, Presented by YouTube
Written and directed by Sol Friedman. Canada, 9 minutes.
A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.
Short Film Jury Award: Animation, Presented by YouTube
Written and directed by Nina Gantz. United Kingdom, 9 minutes.
Edmond's impulse to love and be close to others is strong—maybe too strong. As he stands by a lake contemplating his options, he reflects on his defining moments in search of the origin of his desires.
Her Friend Adam
Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance (Grace Glowicki)
Written and directed by Ben Petrie. Canada, 17 minutes.
A boyfriend's jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.
Written and directed by Asantewaa Prempeh. U.S.A., 13 minutes.
The lines between trust, betrayal, and forgiveness are intertwined for two Senegalese vendors as they try to make a living on the streets of New York City.
The Grandfather Drum
Written and directed by Michelle Derosier. Canada, 13 minutes.
As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, the elder Naamowin builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people.
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction, Presented by YouTube
Written and directed by Calvin Lee Reeder. U.S.A., 4 minutes.
A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.
Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Presented by YouTube
Written and directed by Jim Cummings. U.S.A., 13 minutes.
Officer Arnaud loved his mom.
Theaters, please contact Mike Plante to book a show.
The Hollywood Reporter: hollywoodreporter.com/review/2016-sundance-film-festival-short-904099
The Hollywood Reporter: hollywoodreporter.com/review/2015-sundance-film-festival-short
Salt Lake Tribune: sltrib.com/home/2855966-155/movie-review-brilliance-and-beauty-in
Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. They are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is no longer just for the novice. Shorts have and will continue to be an important part of cinema, storytelling, and culture. The Sundance Film Festival has always been proud to treat short films with the highest regard and to give a home to new (and old) projects for audiences to discover and celebrate.
Short films come in all shapes and sizes, forms and formalities. Animation, documentary, narrative, and experimental stories are chosen to reflect the diversity and breadth of each year's pool of submissions. The Sundance Film Festival accepts content that is 49 minutes or under for the Short Film category. Click here for more details on submitting your short film to the Sundance Film Festival. Browse the short films that were part of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival lineup or read the announcement of the 2012 Short Film Program.
The Sundance Film Festival celebrates the short form worldwide, from the high mountains of Park City to the online realm. The Sundance Film Festival's Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors, such as past alums Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, Spike Jonze, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Tamara Jenkins, Ted Demme, Tim Blake Nelson, Alexander Payne, Paul Dinello, Martin McDonagh, Jason Reitman, and many others.
For nearly a decade, the Sundance Film Festival has celebrated and exhibited short films in the online arena. Over the years, we've worked with iTunes, Netflix, Xbox, GSM, and YouTube in helping filmmakers reach a broad audience online. From selling shorts for the filmmakers' profit, to offering them free for audiences to enjoy, we're always on the lookout for new ways the Festival can be both a leader and pioneer of the online frontier.
Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute presents ShortsLab to help empower the next generation of artists. Filmmakers are invited to participate in this seminar of Sundance-organized panels and discussions to offer firsthand insight and access into the world of story development, production, working with cast and crew, and how to get the most out of making a short film.
Our goal is to empower the next wave of emerging artists by giving them first-hand insight into the basics of developing their idea, to making their film, to getting it seen by audiences. Focusing on narrative short-form storytelling, each event will be packed with panels, discussions, and screenings with a wide-ranging mix of filmmakers and industry professionals and will conclude with a reception to network with fellow shorts filmmakers.