Short Film Public Programming
In August 2009, the Sundance Film Festival presented "Downtown and Dirty Shorts," a free cinematic sampling in downtown Los Angeles of past works from some of the Festival's prestigious alumni, including David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, and Jody Hill, among others.
In April 2010, the Sundance Institute Film Series presented Animation Spotlight, featuring the stop-animation work of Corky Quakenbush, Yi Zhou's ethereal multimedia craft, and the literary animation of Carson Mell. Sundance Film Festival Programmers Todd Luoto and Kim Yutani joined the three directors for a discussion following the screenings.
Our public programming greatly expanded this past July when Sundance Institute presented the inaugural ShortsLab: L.A. at the Downtown Independent Theatre. After the success of our first L.A.-based public event 'Downtown & Dirty Shorts' last summer, we decided to go even further this year by organizing a day-long "How-To" workshop for hopeful shorts filmmakers. Our goal was 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. We packed our panels and discussions with a wide-ranging mix of filmmakers and industry professionals (Miguel Arteta, Jay Duplass, Peter Sollett, Paramount Pictures, YouTube, Funny or Die, UTA, Kickstarter, SAGIndie, Withoutabox, among others) who inspired and encouraged the particpants to take over the world of short filmmaking.