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.
2022 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour
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The 2022 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of 7 short films curated from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival short film program, including three titles that won Festival awards. Considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers, the Festival includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world. Throughout its almost 40 years of history, the Festival has always supported short films, providing a platform for both established and new filmmakers to connect with audiences. The 2022 Short Film Tour program is a sampling of Festival offerings and a testament to the unique storytelling potential that the format holds. Audiences who missed the Sundance Film Festival – which took place online and in-person in 7 cities across the country from January 20 through January 30 this year – can enjoy a mix of fiction, documentary, and animated shorts that are funny, sad, inspirational, and full of strong characters.
The Festival’s Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors, such as past alumni Andrea Arnold, Lake Bell, Damien Chazelle, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jay and Mark Duplass, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Debra Granik, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Sterlin Harjo, Todd Haynes, Don Hertzfeldt, Shaka King, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Joey Soloway, Taika Waititi, and many others.
Goodbye Jerome! (Au revoir Jérôme!) / France (Directors and Screenwriters: Gabrielle Selnet, Adam Sillard, Chloé Farr, Producer: Moïra Marguin) — Having just arrived in paradise, Jerome sets out to find his wife Maryline. In the course of his search, he sinks into a surreal and colorful world in which no one seems to be able to help him. Animation. Voice Cast: William Lebghil, Alma Jodorowsky.
IF I GO WILL THEY MISS ME / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Walter Thompson-Hernández, Producer: Stuart McIntyre) — Lil’ Ant is obsessed with Pegasus, the Greek mythological character, since first learning about him at school in Watts, California. He begins to notice imaginary airplane people around his home, and yearns to fly with them. Fiction. Cast: Anthony Harris Jr. Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction.
MAKASSAR IS A CITY FOR FOOTBALL FANS / Indonesia/France (Director and Screenwriter: Khozy Rizal, Producers: John Badalu, Bruno Smadja, Khozy Rizal) — In a city where men have to go crazy about football, Akbar has to pretend to love the game in order to prevent rejection from his new college friends. Fiction. Cast: Sabri Sahafuddin, Muh. Saleh Hasanuddin, Atdriansyah Arismunandar.
Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver / U.S.A. (Directors: Lewie Kloster, Noah Kloster, Screenwriter: Sara Driver) — In 1982, the completion of Jim Jarmusch’s sophomore film, Stranger Than Paradise, hinged on producer Sara Driver’s willingness and ability to smuggle one of the world’s rarest and most controversial films across the Atlantic Ocean. Non-fiction / Animated. A Short Film Special Jury Award: Screenwriting.
Training Wheels / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Alison Rich, Producers: Olivia Aguilar, Bridgett Greenberg, Laura Schwartz, Peter Principato) — A socially inept woman rents one man to prepare for another. Fiction. Cast: Alison Rich, George Basil, Jack Cutmore-Scott, Zeke Nicholson, Kathy Yamamoto.
Warsha / France/Lebanon (Director and Screenwriter: Dania Bdeir, Producer: Coralie Dias) — A Syrian migrant working as a crane operator in Beirut volunteers to cover a shift on one of the most dangerous cranes, where he is able to find his freedom. Fiction. Cast: Khansa. Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction.
You Go Girl! / U.S.A. (Director: Shariffa Ali, Producers: Adrian Alea, Kamilah Long, Courtney Williams, Screenwriters: Shariffa Ali, Kamilah Long, Courtney Williams, David Zheng) — Audrey, a New York City comedian who can make a joke of any situation, faces a staggering challenge in the beautiful mountains of Oregon. Can this city woman overcome her fears and rise? Fiction. Cast: Tiffany Mann.
New York, NY
May 27 – June 19 HELD OVER
June 17 – 23 and 29
June 17 – 30 HELD OVER
June 17 – 20
July 8 – 10 and 15 – 17
July 15 – 17
July 15 – 21 & 28 – 30 & Aug 3 – 4
July 15 – 21
July 29 – Aug 4
Huntington Park, CA
Aug 1 (with live Q&A)
Aug 19 – 25
Sept 1 & 4
Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 9 – 11
Sept 15 and 17
Auckland, New Zealand
Oct 1 – 2
Laemmle NoHo 7
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 10 – 11
Jan 2 – 8
Jan 4 – 8 & 11 – 12
San Francisco, CA
Jan 6 – 12
San Rafael, CA
Jan 6 – 12
Jan 20 – 26
Short Film at the Sundance Film Festival
Each January, the Short Film Program at the Sundance Film Festival showcases between 70 and 80 shorts, helping to support careers working in the form while also discovering new talent in filmmaking. Every type of filmmaking style is welcome: animation, documentary, narrative, and experimental stories are chosen to reflect the diversity and range of each year’s pool of submissions. The Sundance Film Festival accepts content that is 49 minutes or under for the Short Film category from any country. Learn more about submitting your short film to the Sundance Film Festival.
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 alumni Wes Anderson, Andrea Arnold, Damien Chazelle, Cary Fukunaga, Debra Granik, Todd Haynes, Terence Nance, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Jill Soloway, Taika Waititi, 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.