The 2013 Sundance Film Festival Short Films


A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, animation and live action, fiction and documentary, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program is an entertaining collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival. Vibrant storytelling and edgy artistry highlight the collection, which includes five Sundance award-winners. With no set rules or restrictions, 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. Once again this year, The Loft is proud to be one of a handful of venues nationwide selected to screen this special shorts collection compiled by programmers at the Sundance Institute. Don’t miss your chance to catch some of the year’s best shorts right here at The Loft Cinema!

This year’s shorts:

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. (Dir. by Jenni Toivoniemi, Finland, 8 min.)

Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction

An aspiring drummer enters an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra. (Dir. by Damien Chazelle, USA, 17 min.)

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Photographer Chris Killip shares unpublished images chronicling time spent among the fiercely independent residents of a remote English fishing village. (Dir. by 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. (Dir. by 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. (Dir. by Tony Donoghue, Ireland, 8 min.)

The Event
Love and a severed foot at the end of the world. (Dir. by Julia Pott, USA/UK, 4 min.)

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. (Dir. by Kibwe Tavares, Tanzania/UK, 20 min.)

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

(Total program runtime: 93 min.)