By Eric Eidelstein | Indiewire January 22, 2014 at 1:36PM
Jury prizes and and honorable mentions were presented to short films at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, The Sundance Institute announced. Of 8,161 submissions, 66 were chosen to part of this year's Short Film program, presented by YouTube.
The short films jury was comprised of writer-producer-voice actor Vernon Chatman ("Wonder Showzen"), actor Joshua Leonard ("The Blair Witch Project" and "Higher Ground") and Ania Trzebiatowska, artistic director of the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema.
Short Film Award Winners (Descriptions provided by Sundance Institute):
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.
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)
The recipients of these awards will also be honored at Sundance's feature film Awards Ceremony on Jan. 25. The ceremony will be hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.