2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Films
First show: January 24
The 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film tour, is a 95-minute theatrical program of eight short films selected from the 2016 Festival. Short on time but big on style, the program features a wide variety of storytelling, including fiction, documentary, animation and, for the first time, a Native film. Half of the films in the program won a Short Film Jury Award.
Each year The Sundance Film Festival receives more than 8,000 short film submissions, selecting 60-80 to show. From that group, Sundance programmers curate a program of the best, the most unique and the awarded winners, to tour the US theatrically in selected independent art houses. 2016. 95 mins.
Program in Play Order
Written and directed by Bridey Elliott. U.S.A., 16 minutes. This comedy about isolation and loneliness follows a young woman who is adrift and seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.
Bacon & God’s Wrath
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction. Written and directed by Sol Friedman. Canada, 9 minutes. A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.
Short Film Jury Award: Animation. Written and directed by Nina Gantz. United Kingdom, 9 minutes. Edmond’s impulse to love and be close to others is strong—maybe too strong. As he stands by a lake contemplating his options, he reflects on his defining moments in search of the origin of his desires.
Her Friend Adam
Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance (Grace Glowicki)
Written and directed by Ben Petrie. Canada, 17 minutes. A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.
Written and directed by Asantewaa Prempeh. U.S.A., 13 minutes.
The lines between trust, betrayal, and forgiveness are intertwined for two Senegalese vendors as they try to make a living on the streets of New York City.
The Grandfather Drum
Written and directed by Michelle Derosier. Canada, 13 minutes. As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, the elder Naamowin builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people.
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction. Written and directed by Calvin Lee Reeder. U.S.A., 4 minutes.
A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.
Short Film Grand Jury Prize. Written and directed by Jim Cummings. U.S.A., 13 minutes. Officer Arnaud loved his mom.
2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Films: Upcoming Showtimes