The Best Sundance Shorts of the Year

A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program is a collection of eight award-winning short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary and animation, with five Sundance 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. Films include award winners THE DATE (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), WHIPLASH (An aspiring drummer enters an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra), SKINNINGROVE (Photographer Chris Killip shares unpublished images chronicling time spent among the fiercely independent residents of a remote English fishing village, directed by Michael Almereyda), UNTIL THE QUIET COMES (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) and IRISH FOLK FURNITURE (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) and three other top choices. Unrated. 93 Min.

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