Short Film

Short Film

Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their run time, 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
Indigenous Program

2024 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

 

The 2024 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 110-minute theatrical program of seven short films curated from the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, including three Festival Award–winning titles. The tour program is a sampling of Festival offerings and a testament to the unique storytelling potential that the format holds. Audiences can enjoy a mix of fiction, documentary, and animated shorts that are funny, sad, inspiring, and full of strong characters. Driven by innovation and experimentation, the Short Film Program seeks out filmmaking’s most original voices from around the world. 

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, Debra Granik, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Todd Haynes, Sterlin Harjo, Don Hertzfeldt, Sky Hopinka, Shaka King, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Joey Soloway, Taika Waititi, and many others.

2024 Program

ALOK / U.S.A. (Director: Alex Hedison, Producers: Natalie Shirinian, Elizabeth Baudouin, Meggan Lennon) — A compelling portrait of Alok Vaid-Menon, acclaimed nonbinary author, poet, comedian, and public speaker. Executive-produced by Jodie Foster. Nonfiction.  Cast: Alok Vaid-Menon, Dylan Mulvaney, Chani Nicholas.

Bug Diner / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Phoebe Jane Hart) — A dissatisfied marriage, a secret crush, and workplace fantasies come to a head in a diner run by a mole with a hot ass. Fiction.  Cast: Jacob Levy, Phoebe Hart. 2024 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Award: Animation. 

Dream Creep / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Carlos A.F. Lopez, Producers: Megan Leonard, Bobby McHugh, Jonathan Caso, Zeus Kontoyannis) — A couple awakens in the night to sounds emanating from an unlikely orifice. Fiction. Cast: Ian Edlund, Sidney Jayne Hunt. 
Essex Girls/ U.K. (Director: Yero Timi-Biu, Screenwriter: Busayo Ige, Producers: Angela Moneke, Simon Hatton) — After an incident at her high school pulls her into the orbit of the only other Black girl in her year, “Essex Girl” Bisola is plunged into a journey to discover a whole new side of herself. Fiction. Cast: Busayo Ige, Corinna Brown, Maisie Smith, Adrianna Bertola, Krysstina Frempong, Rebecca Dike.
 
The Masterpiece / Spain (Director and Producer: Àlex Lora Cercós, Screenwriter and Producer: Lluis Quilez, Screenwriter: Alfonso Amador, Producers: Sandra Travé, Josemari Martínez, Néstor López) — Leo and Diana, a wealthy couple, meet Salif and Yousef, two scrap dealers, at a recycle center. Offering them more junk, Diana invites them to their mansion, but the immigrants actually might be the ones with something she wants. Fiction. Cast: Daniel Grao, Babou Cham, Melina Matthews, Adam Nourou, Guido Grao. 2024 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Grand Jury Prize.

Pathological / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Alison Rich, Producers: Bridgett Greenberg, Ingrid Haas, Avtar Khalsa, Peter Principato, Todd Ruhnau) — A woman who’s a pathological liar wakes up one day to discover her lies have become true. Fiction. Cast: Alison Rich, Meaghan Rath, Luke Cook, Adam Lustick, Heather Pasternak, George Kareman. 

Pisko the Crab Child is in Love / Japan (Director and Screenwriter: Makoto Nagahisa, Producer: Yasuo Suzuki) — Pisko’s father is a crab while her mother is human. Pisko falls in love with her teacher but is heartbroken when he leaves her because she is half-crab. Pisko finally finds love and companionship with her friend Kubokayo. Fiction.  Cast: Aiko Kano, Saya, Maki Fukuda, Kanta Sato. 2024 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Special Jury Prize for Directing.

Upcoming Dates

Venue City State Date(s)
Carolina Theatre Durham NC 06/07 - 06/20/2024
Riviera Santa Barbara CA 06/07/2024
IFC Center New York NY 06/14/2024 - 06/21/2024
Nightlight Cinema Akron OH 06/14/2024
Cincinnati World Cinema Cincinnati OH 06/14 - 06/23/2024
UCR Arts Riverside CA 07/06 - 07/14/2024
Dreamland Cinema Sacramento CA 06/22 - 06/23/2024
Guild Cinema Albuquerque NM 06/23 - 06/27/2024
Images Cinema Williamstown MA 07/04/2024
Bear Tooth Cinema Anchorage AK 07/22/2024
Hopkins Center for the Arts Hanover NH 08/03/2024
Screenland Armour Kansas City MO 08/30 - 09/06/2024
Avon Theatre Stamford CT 09/04/2024
Theatre N Wilmington DE 06/15-06/19/2024
Austin Film Society Austin TX 07/04 - 07/10/2024
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus OH 08/28/2024
Nevada Museum of Art Reno NV 08/29/2024
PhilaMOCA Philadelphia PA 09/26/2024
Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque Cleveland OH 07/26 - 07/28/2024

Upcoming Dates

Albuquerque, NM

June 16 – 18, 2023

Austin, TX

June 9 – 15, 2023

Cincinnati, OH

June 16 – 25, 2023

Durham, NC

June 16 – 29, 2023

New York, NY

June 23 – July 20, 2023

Bryn Mawr, PA

June 30, 2023

Riverside, CA

July 1 – 16, 2023

Williamstown, MA

July 4, 2023

Harrisonburg, VA

July 6 – 9, 2023

Anchorage, AK

July 10, 2023

Nashville, TN

July 14 – 20, 2023

Fort Lauderdale, FL

July 22, 2023

Stamford, CT

August 2 – 8, 2023

Honolulu, HI

August 4 – 27, 2023

Worcester, MA

August 10, 2023

Hanover, NH

August 19, 2023

Portland, ME

August 20 – 21, 2023

Howell, MI

August 25 – 31, 2023

Chicago, IL

September 1 – 5, 2023

Louisville, KY

September 8 – 10, 2023

Auckland, New Zealand

September 28, 2023

Columbus, OH

September 14, 2023

Ithaca, NY

September 14 – 21, 2023

Salt Lake City, UT

September 15, 2023

Cleveland, OH

September 16 – 17, 2023

Wilmington, DE

September 16 – 24, 2023

Lowell, MA

September 16 – 30, 2023

Ridgway, CO

September 19, 2023

Philadelphia, PA

September 21 – 24, 2023

San Diego, CA

September 22, 2023

Waldoboro, ME

November 9 – 12, 2023

Montreal, Quebec

November 11, 2023

Saint Joseph, MO

November 17 – 18, 2023

Colorado Springs, CO

December 2, 2023

Rockford, IL

December 2, 2023

Boston, MA

December 7 – 10, 2023

Los Angeles, CA

December 17, 2023

Portsmouth, NH

December 21 – 22, 2023

Orlando, FL

January 2, 2024

Seattle, WA

January 3 – 27, 2024 

San Francisco, CA

January 5 – 11, 2024

San Rafael, CA

January 5 – 10, 2024

Tucson, AZ

January 10, 2024

Dallas, TX

January 12 – 14, 2024 

Miami, FL

January 12 – 25, 2024

Wichita, KS

January 14, 2024

St. Petersburg, FL

February 2, 2024

Cary, NC

February 3, 2024

Whitehall, MI

February 8, 2024 

Maynard, MA

February 9, 2024 

Portland, OR

February 11, 2024 

Wilmette, IL

February 23, 2024 

Bloomington, IN

March 1, 2024

Potsdam, NY

March 3, 2024

Lake Worth, FL

March 29, 2024

London, UK

June 12, 2022

Bethlehem, NH

July 29 – Aug 4, 2022

Huntington Park, CA

Aug 1, 2022 (with live Q&A)

Detroit, MI

coming soon

Reno, NV

coming soon

Birmingham, AL

coming soon

Ephraim, UT

Sept 17, 2022

Burlington, VT

coming soon

Bellingham, WA

coming soon

Minneapolis, MN

coming soon

HoustonTX

January 28

Chicago, IL

January

Amherst, MA

November 19⁠–23

Portland, ME

coming soon

Theaters, please contact Mike Plante to book a show.

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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, Debra Granik, Sterlin Harjo, Todd Haynes, Shaka King, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Joey 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.