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Across each year, the blogosphere and the trade papers are constantly alighted by news of its feature film highlights from the festival circuit, but as the yearly circuit winds to a close, it can still be hard to track the best-of-the-best in short films from around the globe — even the prize-winning ones that get the highest recognition. Thankfully, our friends at the Sundance Institute have put together a program of their favorites from last year’s fest lineup to share with you! This rollercoaster mix of drama and comedy collects eight of the funnest from the 2013 edition of Sundance. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group (which includes fiction, documentary and animation), with five award-winners rounding out the list, including the short film version of Whiplash, which filmmaker Damien Chazelle would later adapt into a Sundance 2014 feature film highlight starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Schedule permitting, filmmakers Damien Chazelle, Kahlil Davis and Michelle Morgan will be here for a Q&A after the program.
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Photographer Chris Killip shares unpublished images chronicling time spent among the fiercely independent residents of a remote English fishing village.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)
Love and a severed foot at the end of the world.
(Julia Pott, USA/United Kingdom, 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.
(Kibwe Tavares, Tanzania/United Kingdom, 20 min)
A guilt-ridden, but well-intentioned, yuppie goes to great lengths to prove she is a decent person.
(Michelle Morgan, USA, 15 min)
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