2009 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Announced

Park City, UT— Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises a record 96 short films from 5,632 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by 10% over last year. The 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

The shorts program at Sundance has long been a place to discover new talent, and this year’s directors are no exception,” said John Cooper, Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming. “We are seeing very accomplished filmmaking, with some of the most entertaining and engaging films in the Festival.

It is indicative of the quality of the work that we programmed a record 96 films this year. The program is terrific from top to bottom, with a nice balance of different genres, tones and styles,” said Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer. “From clever animation and really funny performances to provocative subject matters and completely bizarre imagery and stories, this year’s filmmakers are truly original storytellers. We are thrilled to be able to present them in theatres at the Festival and a selection of them online through iTunes for those who can’t make it to Park City.

Short films screen in Festival theatres prior to a feature film or as part of one of the Festival’s eight short film programs. During the Festival, a Short Film Jury awards prizes based on outstanding achievement and merit in U.S. and International Short Filmmaking. The 2009 Short Film Program Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, January 20th.

This year, the Sundance Film Festival will highlight an exclusive selection of 10 short films over 10 days on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com). All 10 films will be available as FREE downloads beginning January 15 and running through January 25, 2009. Sundance has partnered with Shorts International to provide digital distribution services and encoding services to the selection of 2009 films.

The short films selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival are:


This year’s 47 U.S. short films were selected from a record 3,267 submissions. This year’s program includes an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard short story; a comedy about questionable spaghetti recipes; the newest work by an Oscar-nominated filmmaker; a haunting animation about WWI, a documentary portrait on the fascinating short life of the actor who played Fredo in THE GODFATHER; an original recorded monologue of a Harvey Milk speech; and a documentary from the famed director of WEATHER UNDERGROUND about one of China’s first massive shopping malls.

U.S. Dramatic Shorts

ABBIE CANCELLED (Directors: Dumb Bunny)—Two couples who have never met find themselves engaged in an awkward dinner after their mutual friends cancel at the last second.

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA (Director: Justin Nowell; Screenwriter: Thomas Nowell)—An acting class. Today’s scene: the orgasm from ‘When Harry Met Sally.’

ASSHOLE (Director: Chadd Harbold; Screenwriter: Bryan Gaynor)—Vincent Allen goes to the doctor for a diagnosis. The diagnosis: he’s an asshole.

BOUTONNIERE (Director: Coley Sohn)—A dark comedy revolving around a simple teenage girl’s attempts to survive her overbearing mother’s exuberant plans for a prom she’d rather not attend.

CHOICES (Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green)—Explores a young man’s thought process as he makes love to his girlfriend.

CONCERTO (Director: Filippo Conz; Screenwriter: Jon Haller)—A drama about the lengths men will go to find a moment of grace in a violent world.

COPPER ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK (Director: Kai Orion)—Tormented by the cultural reality he finds himself in, Yalmer plots revenge upon a close relative.

COUNTERTRANSFERENCE (Director: Madeleine Olnek;Screenwriters: Madeleine Olnek and Cast)—A comedy about an awkward woman with assertiveness problems who seeks the questionable help of a therapist.

THE DIRTY ONES (Director: Brent Stewart)—Two Mennonite sisters are traveling throughout Southern states with the body of their dead grandmother lying in the trunk bed.

HUG (Director: Khary Jones)—Drew is a musician with a contract ready to sign. When Asa, his friend and manager, realizes Drew is off his meds the across-town drive to sign the contract becomes significantly more complicated.