The 2019 Shorts Collection Is Here

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Our Members empower independent storytelling! Every year, our festivals, labs, and grants support hundreds of artists from diverse backgrounds—cultivating a community that believes in the power of authentic voices. Sundance Institute Members are a vital part of this community. As a small thanks, we’re giving them access to 10 shorts from the 2019 Festival , including Short Film Grand Jury Prize winner Aziza and Jury Award winners Green and Dunya’s Day. What are you waiting for?

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Introducing Seven Artists from This Year’s Members-Exclusive Shorts Collection

Ever wondered what it’s like for filmmakers to screen their work at the Festival? Here are a few of the directors from this year’s shorts collection, talking about their Festival experiences!

Shuhan Fan, Luther Clement, co-directors
The underdog story of a fencer from Brooklyn who overcomes a gauntlet of hardships on the road to the Olympics.

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“Our premiere was a perfect way to honor the subjects of our film, showing them the film for the first time in a theater at the Sundance Film Festival. It was a dream come true and a moving experience for all. Everyone we met, from the programmers and organizers to our fellow filmmakers to the Festival staff, was warm, open, and enthusiastic. We made so many new friends that will undoubtedly be professional collaborators for the rest of our careers and lives.”

Matthew Puccini, director
A young gay man grows increasingly entangled in the marriage of an older couple.

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“I thought I had a decent idea of what the Festival would be like and then promptly had my expectations completely blown out of the water. There’s just nothing that can prepare you for the experience of having your work shown in one of those theaters. The energy at every screening was electric and infectious. You can feel how passionate the audiences are, not just about films but about filmmakers and the creative process itself. I felt so embraced by the folks there and left feeling very humbled to have been a part of it.”

Sky Hopinka, director
Fainting Spells
Told through recollections, this is an imagined myth for the Indian pipe plant used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.

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“The Festival was great, I think that the audience responded well to the film, I got a warm and receptive response to the work, and it fit well and was complemented by the program as a whole.”

Crystal Kayiza, director
Through three local residents, this is an examination of the ways trauma repeats and reinvents itself in rural Black communities.

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“My screening at the Sundance Film Festival was such an important experience for the life of my film. There was such a range of styles and voices in the Shorts Program, and I was so inspired by the work of the directors in my block. I believe putting your work in conversation with other films in front of an audience is one of the most rewarding but difficult parts of making shorts. For me, watching people connect and engage with Edgecombe at the Festival personally reaffirmed the importance of nonfiction storytelling.”

Rafaela Camelo, director
Desires of the flesh
Blessed be the Sunday, that it is the day to see Giovana.

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“Everybody knows the Sundance Film Festival is one of the best festivals of the world. If you are a filmmaker, this is the place to be. It is quite complicated to define what it means to be part of this extraordinary experience. It was my first time in a huge festival like this—it kind of blows my mind. From the friendly volunteers to the panel discussions, the beautiful city (thanks, Park City), the opportunity to meet so many international filmmakers, the chance to show my film to a global audience and make contacts to improve my next project … well, writing that makes me realize that I need more time to understand the echoes of this on my career.”

George Sikharulidze, director
In 2016, Stalin's worshippers gather outside his birthplace to demand his canonization as a saint … when something uncanny materializes.

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“Showing my film at the Sundance Film Festival was an exceptional experience on several levels. Before even arriving at the Festival, I was impressed by the professionalism of the staff and organizers running the Festival. Every little thing was accounted for, from communication about Festival screeners to publicity. When you finally arrive at your own premiere at the Festival, you are regarded as a filmmaker first and foremost—as an artist—which is very encouraging because you feel the support of the Festival. You feel like this moment has been built for you. It’s a true celebration of the filmmakers and of their work.”

Siqi Song, director
A man thinks back to his memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in 1990s China. What if things had gone differently?

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“It was a pleasure to show my short film Sister at the Sundance Film Festival. I received great responses from the audience after each screening. Particularly, I had chances to show and discuss the film with Festival attendees from China and hear their personal stories that are related to mine. Being part of the Festival was also an amazing opportunity for me to share my work with the film community and get inspired by other filmmakers.”

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