82 Shorts Set for 2005 Sundance Film Festival
by Eugene Hernandez
Sundance Film Festival programmers have selected 82 short films to screen at the 2005 festival, choosing this year's lineup from the 3,887 submissions received from U.S. and international filmmakers. Organizers announced Monday that in addition to showing the films at the festival in Utah (January 20-30), maybe of the shorts will be screened for free at the Sundance Online Film Festival, for five months following the close of the festival.
"Short films have always had an important role in cinema," said John Cooper, Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming, in a statement. "As the tools required to create films have become more accessible, new voices have emerged, making short films the epicenter for some of the most creative and challenging work being done today." Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer Trevor Groth added, "These filmmakers are exploring new levels of storytelling and are using cutting edge techniques and technology. These films embody the creativity, spirit and freedom of expression that has become synonymous with the Sundance Film Festival."
The festival will showcase shorts ahead of fest features, and also screen short-subject projects in six short film programs, along with a special program of animated shorts and a program of animated projects.
The revamped Sundance Online Film Festival will include screenings of a number of festival shorts, as well as a program of experimental media, to be announced soon. Also on tap are interviews with filmmakers, and other daily video highlights from the festival.
The complete Sundance shorts lineup is available on indieWIRE.com