First show: January 17

A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program is a 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary and animation, with five award-winners. With no rules, the short film serves as a proving ground for young filmmakers to make their mark and for established filmmakers to take risks in story and style.

THE DATE Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction Tino’s manhood is put to the test in front of two women when he has to host a date for Diablo, the family’s stud cat. (Jenni Toivoniemi, Finland, 8 min)

WHIPLASH Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction An aspiring drummer enters an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra. (Damien Chazelle, USA, 17 min)

SKINNINGROVE Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction Photographer Chris Killip shares unpublished images chronicling time spent among the fiercely independent residents of a remote English fishing village. (Michael Almereyda, USA, 15 min)

UNTIL THE QUIET COMES Short Film Special Jury Award Shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in Watts, Los Angeles, this film deals with themes of violence, camaraderie and spirituality through the lens of magical realism. (Kahlil Joseph, USA, 4 min)

IRISH FOLK FURNITURE Short Film Jury Award: Animation In Ireland, old hand-painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty, and with a time many would rather forget. In this animated documentary, 16 pieces of traditional folk furniture are repaired and returned home. (Tony Donoghue, Ireland, 8 min)

THE EVENT Love and a severed foot at the end of the world. (Julia Pott, USA/United Kingdom, 4 min)

JONAH When two young men photograph a gigantic fish leaping from the sea, their small town becomes a tourist attraction in this story about the old and the new. (Kibwe Tavares, Tanzania/United Kingdom, 20 min)

K.I.T. A guilt-ridden, but well-intentioned, yuppie goes to great lengths to prove she is a decent person. (Michelle Morgan, USA, 15 min)

Full program = 93 minutes

TRAILER: 2013 Sundance Film Festival Shorts program (on tour) from Sundance Institute on Vimeo.


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