Sundance Film Festival Announces its 2023 Short Film Lineup

Today, the nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the Short Films selected for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Beginning January 24, selected short films will also screen online through the end of the Festival. The 2023 Festival will take place January 19–29, 2023, in person in Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Resort, along with a selection of films available online across the country January 24–29, 2023.

The sixty-four short films of the 2023 lineup were selected from 10,981 submissions, the highest number on record. Of these submissions, 4,996 were from the U.S. and 5,985 were international. The 2023 Short Film program includes work from twenty-three countries.

Sundance’s Short Film program is the premiere exhibition of shorts across fiction, nonfiction, and animation, globally. From the start, the Institute has supported short filmmaking in all forms and styles, which now includes an impressive roster of artist alumni: Andrea Arnold, Lake Bell, Damien Chazelle, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jay and Mark Duplass, Debra Granik, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Sterlin Harjo, Todd Haynes, Shaka King, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Joey Soloway, Taika Waititi, and many others.

The Institute’s support for short films extends internationally and happens year-round, with select Festival shorts presented as a traveling program, at theaters in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The 2023 Sundance Film Festival Short Film program is presented by Shutterstock.

“Sundance Institute has a long-standing commitment to supporting short independent storytelling and as we continue that commitment, we’re fortunate to have an extraordinary slate of shorts to screen at the Festival,” said Mike Plante, Senior Programmer, Short Film. “The shorts we selected are all revelations in their own right of: exciting new voices, humorous or moving perspectives, stylistic innovation, and more. The 2023 lineup is thematically varied and consistently interesting — no matter which of the nine programs audiences check out, they’ll be entertained and surprised by what they find.”

Below is the full Short Film lineup.

U.S. Fiction Short Films

  • The Dalles by Angalis Field
  • The Family Circus by Andrew Fitzgerald
  • A Folded Ocean by Ben Brewe
  • Headdress by Taietsarón:sere ‘Tai’ Leclaire
  • Help Me Understand by Aemilia Scott
  • I AM HOME by Kymon Greyhorse
  • I Have No Tears, and I Must Cry by Luis Fernando Puente
  • In the Flesh by Daphne Gardner
  • Mirror Party by Bridey Elliott
  • Nocturnal Burger by Reema Maya (India/USA)
  • OURIKA! by Xenia Matthews
  • Power Signal by Oscar Boyson
  • Rest Stop by Crystal Kayiza
  • Ricky by Rashad Frett
  • Sunflower Siege Engine by Sky Hopinka
  • Take Me Home by Liz Sargent
  • Tender by Samm Hodges
  • Troy by Jen Silverman
  • The Vacation by Jarreau Carrillo
  • Walk of Shame by Dane Ray
  • We Were Meant To by Tari Wariebi
  • Weapons and Their Names by Melina Valdez
  • When You Left Me On That Boulevard by Kayla Abuda Galang

International Fiction Short Films

  • AirHostess-737 by Thanasis Neofotistos (Greece)
  • AliEN0089 by Valeria Hofmann (Chile)
  • Azheh by Iran Hadi Rezayati Charan
  • Baba by Anya Chirkova and Meran Ismailsoy (Canada)
  • Claudio’s Song by Andreas Nilsson (UK)
  • Evacuation of Mama Emola by Anggun Priambodo (Indonesia)
  • Hawaiki by Nova Paul (New Zealand)
  • It’s Raining Frogs Outside by Maria Estela Paiso (Philippines)
  • The Kidnapping of the Bride by Sophia Mocorrea (Germany)
  • Mulika by Maisha Maene (The Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • The Newt Congress by Matthias Sahli, Immanuel Esser (Switzerland/Germany)
  • Pro Pool by Alec Pronovost (Canada)
  • Sèt Lam by Vincent Fontano (France, Réunion)
  • A Short Story by Bi Gan (China)
  • Simo by Aziz Zoromba (Canada)
  • Sweatshop Girl by Selma Cervantes (Mexico)
  • Thriving: A Dissociated Reverie by Nicole Bazuin (Canada)
  • Unborn Biru by Inga Elin Marakatt (Norway)
  • White Ant by Shalini Adnani (UK/India)

Animation Short Films

  • BurgerWorld by Maddie Brewer (USA)
  • By Water by Iyabo Kwayana (USA)
  • Christopher at Sea by Tom CJ Brown (France/USA/UK)
  • The Flying Sailor by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis (Canada)
  • fur by Zhen Li (USA)
  • Garrano by Vasco Sá and David Doutel (Portugal/Lithuania)
  • In the Big Yard Inside the Teeny-Weeny Pocket by Yoko Yuki (Japan)
  • Inglorious Liaisons by Chloe Alliez and Violette Delvoye (France/Belgium)
  • Oxytocin by Jeron Braxton (USA)
  • Pipes by Kilian Feusi, Jessica Meier and Sujanth Ravichandran (Switzerland)
  • The Sea on the Day When the Magic Returns by Jiwon Han (South Korea)
  • Well Wishes My Love, Your Love by Gabriel Gabriel Garble (Sweden/Malaysia)

Nonfiction Short Films

  • Bigger on the Inside by Angelo Madsen Minax (USA)
  • Call Me Mommy by Tara O’Callaghan (Ireland)
  • Kylie by Sterling Hampton (USA)
  • Life Without Dreams by Jessica Bardsley (USA)
  • Liturgy of anti-tank obstacles by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (USA/Ukraine)
  • Margie Soudek’s Salt and Pepper Shakers by Meredith Moore (USA)
  • Parker by Sharon Liese and Catherine Hoffman (USA)
  • Shirampari: Legacies of the River by Lucía Flórez (Peru)
  • Under G-d by Paula Eiselt (USA)
  • Will You Look At Me by Shuli Huang (China)

Photo credits: Sundance Film Festival.

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