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Watch 2012 Sundance Short Films!

Playlist / December 7, 2011

Yesterday saw the release of Sundance 2012′s short film lineup. The official press release is here for your perusal.

The lineup is lacking a bit in star power compared to last year when we got films from Tim and Eric, the Beastie Boys, Neil LaBute and other established figures, but I’ve never found the progressive celebritization of the shorts category to be an interesting development. Shorts are about finding the great voices of the future, and we’re extremely happy for all the selectees, which include many friends of this site.

It’s always hard to formulate sexy story-lines for the shorts categories, but let me give a try: ONLINE. We’ve been telling people for a while that Sundance’s official entry policy has changed to not discriminate against films that exhibit online before the festival, and this year the message should ring loud and clear—you can have both! Reap the benefits of an online launch and still keep your hopes up for getting into America’s most important fest. To illustrate the point, here are a handful of films you can watch right now.

2012 Sundance Shorts
Sci-Fi about Politics in 3D Animation
Kibwe Tavares / 5 min / UK
Architecture student Kibwe Taveres filters a vision of a robot uprising through the lens of history, blending high grade CG with archival footage of the 1981 Brixton riots.

Experimental about Life & Society in Collage Animation
Kelly Sears / 8 min / USA
The mysterious events at a 1970's high school are revealed between the pages of an old yearbook in this animation from collage veteran, Kelly Sears.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Growing old doesn't mean growing sedentary. Meet the young-at-heart ladies of the Leisure World synchronized swim team.

Comedy about Greed in Animation
Stephen Neary / 7 min / USA
When his soul leaves through his eyeball, it is up to two friendly deer to take care of Dr. Breakfast's catatonic body.

Dark Comedy about Art in Multi-Media
A dark take on chidlren's Tv classics, London's "This Is It Collective" try and teach us how to be creative.
Past Work

There were even more films online before the selections were made, but a handful of films that had been fairly successful online were pulled down by their creators after receiving the good news from Sundance. C’est la vie. To make up for their foolishness (kidding), here are past works by filmmakers with new shorts in this year’s program.

about Reality in Performance
Nieto / 5 min / France
A fun experiment in live entertainment with a surprise that more than pays off the slow buildup.

Dark Comedy about Decay in Multi-Media
Don Hertzfeldt / 17 min / USA
Heavy topics in simple line-drawings—experience the dark and funny story of Bill's spiraling bout of mental illness by the great Don Hertzfeldt.

Dark Comedy about Revenge in Live-Action
It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

Drama about Love in Animation
Julia Pott / 4 min / UK
The mysteries of the heart are front in center in London-animator Julia Pott's examination of love, faded.

Horror about Conquest in Stop-Motion
Robert Morgan / 4 min / UK
A dream-inspired tale of a scary kitty with a thirst for human body parts.

Experimental about Abuse in Animation
Stephen Irwin / 3 min / UK
Tragic story of a dog's trail through abusive owners told through a series of cascading flip books.
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Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • http://krishaamer.com/ Kris Haamer

    Looks great.

  • Annonymous

    what about Fishing Without Nets??

  • PinkyPie

    i dont think ive ever been scared of a short before but after watching Dr. Breakfast i think im never going to eat breakfast (or much dinner for that matter) again!
    Also deer are officially amazing but those two remind me to much of the characters from regular show… that also scares me… (-.-;) *sigh… artists* (o_o)