11 Short Films not to be Missed at this Year’s Sundance Film Festival!

Just like every year, Sundance Film Festival brings a large number of short films to be screened and to compete during the festival. This year, we have chosen 11 short films that are worth watching, mixed between animations, fictions and documentaries.

Animation Spotlight

Screening dates & venues:
Tuesday 26 at 3 PM | Broadway Centre Cinema 6
Saturday 30 at 8:30 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 1

1. Waves ’98 Ely Dagher (15 minutes)

Disillusioned with life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar’s discovery lures him into the city. Immersed into a world that is close yet isolated, he loses track and finds himself struggling to keep his attachments and sense of home.

2. Pombo Loves You – Steve Warne (12 minutes)

A distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as ’80s TV character Pombo.

3. Life Smartphone – Chenglin Xie (3 minutes)

The phenomenon of increasing smartphone addiction can be attributed to today’s cutting-edge technology. Staring at glowing screens instead of exploring the vast expanse of life, people are gradually alienating themselves from the richness, depth, and loveliness of life.

4. Bob Dylan Hates Me – Caveh Zahedi (6 minutes)

Independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi meets his childhood idol.

5. The Grandfather Drum – Michelle Derosier (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.

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Documentary Shorts Program

Screening date & venue:
Thursday 28 at 9 PM | Yarrow Hotel Theatre

6. Flower of a Thousand Colours – Karen Vazquez Guadarrama (23 minutes)

Flower of a Thousand Colours shows an intimate slice of the life of Emiliana, a loving mother who struggles every day with her rough environment—a Bolivian mining camp.

7. Jáaji Approx. – Sky Hopinka (8 minutes)

Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song.

8. A Woman and Her Car – Loïc Darses (28 minutes)

December 31, 2003: Lucie decides to write a letter to the man who abused her from the age of 8 to 12 years old and resolves to personally bring it to him, wherever he may be.

Midnight Shorts Program

Screening dates & venues:
Monday 25 at 11:30 PM | Prospector Square Theatre
Friday 29 at 1 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 4

9. Boniato – Eric Mainade, Andres Meza-Valdes & Diego Meza-Valdes (22 minutes)

An illegal migrant worker decides it’s time to move on from picking crops and find a better job. Little does she know, insidious supernatural forces have a different plan for her. Some borders aren’t meant to be crossed.

10. The Chickening – Nick DenBoer and Davy Force (6 minutes)

All pork and no chicken makes Jack a dull boy. Luckily, Jack gets a new job as senior chief night manager at Charbay’s Chicken World and Restaurant Resort, the world’s largest fast-food entertainment complex; however, things quickly get very clucked.

New Frontier Shorts

Screening dates & venues:
Monday 25 at 6:30 PM | Redstone Cinema 1
Friday 29 at 6 PM | Broadway Centre Cinema 6
Saturday 30 at 6:15 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 2

11. Swimming in Your Skin Again – Terence Nance (22 minutes)

This intensely musical film is about the spiritual anchorages of life in and around Miami. The story is drenched in the heat, spirit, and landscape of southern Florida.


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Click here to check the full schedule of the festival.


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