The 2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 91-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year's Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2018 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the world we live in. |
Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. They are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking. The Festival has always treated short films with the highest regard and gives a home to both established and new filmmakers with shorts for audiences to discover and celebrate.
The Festival's Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors, such as past alums Damien Chazelle, Wes Anderson, Jill Soloway, Spike Jonze, Paul Thomas Anderson, Dee Rees, Taika Waititi, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Lake Bell, Debra Granik, Jay and Mark Duplass, Todd Haynes, Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, and many others.
Each year the Festival receives more than 8,000 short film submissions, selecting 60-80 to show. The Festival programs a collection of shorts from its most recent Festival to go on a theatrical tour to independent art houses in more than 70 cities nationwide. It is one of very few theatrical releases of short films in the United States.
Mike Plante, Senior Programmer for Sundance Film Festival, said, "For the past few years, our Short Film Tour has traveled across the United States to reach new audiences who might not get a chance to see these amazing films. This year's program will make you laugh, cringe and maybe even question your entire life, but it certainly will not disappoint."
The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Boyhood, Swiss Army Man, Manchester By the Sea, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, 20 Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Sin Nombre.
The Festival is the centerpiece of the year-round public programs for the nonprofit Institute, which also hosts a number of residency labs and grants more than $3.5 million to independent artists each year.
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