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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.

Learn more about Sundance Institute’s artist development programs that support short films:

Feature Film Program
Documentary Film Program
Native American and Indigenous Program

2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is presented by Southwest Airlines ®.

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 92-minute theatrical program of 7 short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for close to 40 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2021 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers and shows that short films transcend traditional storytelling.

The Festival has always treated short films with the highest regard and gives a home to both established and new filmmakers with shorts for audiences to discover and celebrate. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking. Short films are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences.

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, Todd Haynes, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Joey Soloway, Taika Waititi, and many others.

Program:
This Is the Way We Rise (Ciara Lacy, 2021)
The Fourfold (Alisi Telengut, 2021)
Little Chief (Erica Tremblay, 2020)
Fainting Spells (Sky Hopinka, 2018)
Now Is the Time (Christopher Auchter, 2020)
Lichen (Lisa Jackson, 2020)
Fast Horse (Alexandra Lazarowich, 2018)

Program

BJ’s Mobile Gift Shop / U.S.A.                      (Director and Screenwriter: Jason Park) — A young Korean-American hustler runs throughout the city of Chicago making sales out of his “mobile gift shop.”

Black Bodies / Canada                                  (Director and Screenwriter: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall) — A Black man laments as he comes face-to-face with the realities of being Black in the 21st century

The Criminals / France, Romania, Turkey          (Director and Screenwriter: Serhat Karaaslan) — In a town in Turkey, a young couple is looking for some privacy. They are rejected from the hotels because they do not have a marriage certificate. When they think they found a way, the situation gets out of hand. The Criminals received the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Writing.

KKUM / South Korea, U.S.A.                        (Director and Screenwriter: Kang-min Kim) — My mother’s dreams have always been strong premonitions for important moments in my life. I rely on her dreams more than any religion.

To Know Her / U.S.A., Hong Kong              (Director: Natalie Chao) — A poetic exploration of the camera’s gaze and a family’s relationship with the filmmaker’s mother.

White Wedding / U.S.A.                                 (Director and Screenwriter: Melody C. Roscher) — Amidst a racially tense Southern wedding, a biracial bride has the chance to confront her estranged Black father after accidentally hiring his wedding band to perform.

Wiggle Room / U.S.A.                                    (Directors and Screenwriters: Sam Guest, Julia Baylis) — Determined to save her wheelchair ramp from repossession, Daisy confronts the shady insurance agent who owes her money. Wiggle Room received the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Acting.

Upcoming Dates

Williamstown, MA

July 4

Cincinnati, OH

August 19

Albuquerque, NM

July 9⁠–12

New York, NY

July 8⁠–29

London, UK

July 30

Daytona Beach, FL

July 30⁠–August 12

Louisville, KY

July 30⁠–31 & August 1

Rochester, NY

July 30⁠–August 6

Phoenix, AZ

August 6

Allentown, PA

August 19 & 22

Nevada Museum of Art

Reno, NV

August 19

Austin, TX

August 20⁠–26

Chatham, NY

August 20⁠–21

Concord, NH

August 20⁠–26

Riverside, CA

August 20⁠–21

East Stroudsburg, PA

August 20⁠–26

Howell, MI

August 20⁠–26

Taos, NM

August 21⁠–22

Sayre, PA

August 21⁠–22

Durham, NC

August 27⁠⁠–September 9

Colorado Springs, CO

August 27⁠–28

Nashville, TN

September 1-11

Memphis, TN

September 1

Atlanta, GA

September 3⁠–9

Hartford, CT

September 3⁠–9

Chatham, MA

September 3⁠–9

Stamford, CT

September 4-5 & 8

Ithaca, NY

September 9 & 11

Newcastle, UK

September 9

Philadelphia, PA

September 9 & 11

Cleveland, OH

September 17 & 19

Lowell, MA

September 24⁠–25

Middlebury, VT

September 25

Wilmington, DE

September 25⁠–26

Coral Gables, FL

September 26

Columbus, OH

September 29

Hanover, NH

October 9

Newport, RI

October 13⁠–19

Winston-Salem, NC

October 16

Burlington, VT

October 16

Boston, MA

November 11 & 13⁠–14

Amherst, MA

November 19⁠–23

Orlando, FL

January 3

Bellingham, WA

January 22⁠–23

HoustonTX

January 28

Tucson, AZ

January

Chicago, IL

January

Seattle, WA

January

Miami, FL

January

San Francisco, CA

January

Minneapolis, MN

January

Portland, ME

coming soon

Theaters, please contact Mike Plante to book a show.

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.

History

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.

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.

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