Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is an 83-minute theatrical program of six short films that won awards at 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 2015 program traverses vibrant styles from wild comedy to quiet poetry. Each breaks through its limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after it ends.
World of Tomorrow
Short Film Jury Award (Best of Fest)
Written and directed by Don Hertzfeldt. U.S.A., 17 minutes.
A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future.
Short Film Jury Prize: US Fiction
Written and directed by Frankie Shaw. USA, 9 minutes.
A young single mother struggles to balance her old life of freedom with her new one as mom. It all comes to a head during one particular nap-time when Bridgette invites an old friend over for a visit.
Short Film Jury Prize: International Fiction
Written and directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi. Japan/Singapore/U.S.A, 22 minutes.
Setsuko, a 55-year-old single so-called office lady in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, Lucy, by her young, unconventional English-language teacher. "Lucy" awakens desires in Setsuko she never knew existed.
The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul
Short Film Jury Prize: Non-Fiction
Written and directed by Kitty Green. Russian and Ukrainian, 7 minutes.
Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united their troubled country.
Storm hits jacket
Short Film Jury Prize: Animation
Written and directed by Paul Cabon. 2014, France, 13 minutes.
A storm reaches the shores of Brittany. Nature goes crazy, and two young scientists get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tension, and mysterious events clash with enthusiasm and randomness.
Short Film Special Jury Prize for Poetic Vision
Written and directed by Paulina Skibinska. Poland, 15 minutes.
A creative image of an underwater search in the dimensions of two worlds—ice desert and under water—told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver, and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore.
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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.
Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 94-minute theatrical program of eight short films from the 2014 edition of the January Festival, which over the course of its 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for careers of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. With both fiction and documentary, the diverse 2014 program ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand life to a hilarious, all-too familiar government deposition.
Written and directed by Frances Bodomo. USA, 12 minutes.
It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon.
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
Written and directed by Geneviève Dulude-Decelles. Canada, 15 minutes.
The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut.
Directed by Rose McGowan, Written by M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller. USA, 17 minutes.
Dawn is a quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.
I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
Directed by Yuval Hameiri, Co-Director: Michal Vaknin. Israel, 9 minutes.
A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone.
I'm a Mitzvah
Directed by Ben Berman, Written by Ben Berman, Josh Cohen. USA, 19 minutes.
A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.
Love. Love. Love.
Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction
Directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. Russia, 12 minutes.
Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.
MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera”
Written and directed by Daniel Moshel. Austria, 5 minutes.
George Bizet`s "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.
Directed by Brett Weiner, Screenwriter: Court Document. USA, 7 minutes.
A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Full program = 94 minutes
Theaters, please contact Mike Plante to book a show.
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.
Check back here for more announcements about other upcoming 2015 ShortsLabs