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Short Film at the Festival

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. Click here to search for Short Film Festival alumni.

Shorts Online

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.