2015 Sundance Film Festival Review: Animation Spotlight

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival wrapped up the past weekend. One of the categories that the festival is well-known for is its Short Film program. 60 short films (live action, animated, and everything in between) were selected for this year’s festival from 8,061 submissions. In addition to being shown in front of select Sundance Film Festival screenings, nine animated shorts were compiled and screened together for Sundance’s annual Animation Spotlight feature.

Here are the short films included this year’s Animation Spotlight in order of appearance. Synopses of all of the animated shorts are available at the Sundance Film Festival website.

BEACH FLAGS

Beach Flags
Dir. Sarah Saidan
France
www.sacrebleuprod.com

Palm Rot

Palm Rot
Dir. Ryan Gillis
U.S.A.
www.ryanhgillis.com

Two Films About Loneliness

Two Films About Loneliness
Dir. Williams Bishop-Stephens and Christopher Eales
United Kingdom
www.twofilmsaboutloneliness.com

Mynarski Death Plummet

Mynarski Death Plummet
Dir. Matthew Rankin
Canada
www.ladistributrice.ca

Niki Lindroth von Bahr Bath House

Bath House
Dir. Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden
www.sfi.se

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Tupilaq
Dir. Jakob Maqe
Denmark
www.wilfilm.dk/home/

The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal

The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal
Dir. Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera
U.S.A.
http://bleedingpalm.com

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The Horse Raised by Spheres
Dir. David O’Reilly
U.S.A./Ireland

Storm Hits Jacket

Storm Hits Jacket
Dir. Paul Cabo
France
http://paulcabon.com/Tempete-sur-anorak

The winner of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Award went to Storm Hits Jacket, directed by French filmmaker Paul Cabon. I had a chance to see a festival screening in Salt Lake City of the Animation Spotlight and my three favorites were Beach Flags, Palm Rot, and the well-deserved winner Storm Hits Jacket.

From the official press release:

The short film program at the Festival is the centerpiece of Sundance Institute’s year-round efforts to support short filmmaking, including a series of daylong workshops and a traveling program of short films.

Sundance Institute and its Festival have long supported the creation and exhibition of short films. Notable Institute alumni who started their careers with short films include Wes Anderson, Todd Haynes, Spike Jonze, Damien Chazelle, Debra Granik, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Tamara Jenkins and Jason Reitman. In addition to the short film program at the Festival, the Institute also hosts daylong workshops for short filmmakers and a program of short films that screens in theaters across the country.

Full video of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Awards ceremony is available on the Sundance YouTube channel. Submissions for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival will be accepted from June 2015 to September 2015; see sundance.org for more information.

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