2014 Sundance Film Festival announces short film awards
Ryan Summerlin January 24, 2014
This year’s Short Film program is comprised of 66 short films selected from a record 8,161 submissions. The Short Film jurors were: Vernon Chatman, producer, writer, director and voice actor; filmmaker/actor Joshua Leonard; and Ania Trzebiatowska, artistic director of the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, based in Krakow, Poland.
The Short Film program is presented by YouTube. Fifteen short films from the 2014 Festival are featured on the Festival’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/sff.
Short film award recipients will also be honored at the Festival’s feature film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. MT and live-streamed at youtube.com/sff.
The Short Film Grand Jury Prize:
"Of God and Dogs" / Syrian Arab Republic (Director: Abounaddara Collective) — A young, free Syrian soldier confesses to killing a man he knew was innocent. He promises to take vengeance on the God who led him to commit the murder.
The Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction:
"Gregory Go Boom" / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Janicza Bravo) — A paraplegic man leaves home to be on his own.
Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction:
"The Cut" / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Geneviève Dulude-Decelles) — The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut.
Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction:
"I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked" / Israel (Directors: Yuval Hameiri, Michal Vaknin) — A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone.
Short Film Jury Award: Animation:
"Yearbook" / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Bernardo Britto) — A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.
Short Film Special Jury Award for Unique Vision:
"Rat Pack Rat" / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Todd Rohal) — A Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator, hired to visit a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself performing the last rites at the boy’s bedside.
Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-fiction:
"Love. Love. Love." / Russia (Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram) — Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.
Short Film Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting:
"Burger" / United Kingdom, Norway (Director and screenwriter: Magnus Mork) — It’s late night in a burger bar in Wales…