2020 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour
The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour (Virtual Version) is an 80-minute theatrical program of six short films selected from this year’s Festival. Widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launch pad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years, the Short Film Tour includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, giving new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers.
Fueled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime, short films transcend traditional storytelling. They are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking. The Festival has always treated short films with the highest regard and created a home for both established and new filmmakers with shorts for audiences to discover and celebrate.
The Festival’s Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors, such as past alumni Dee Rees, Taika Waititi, Debra Granik, Damien Chazelle, Wes Anderson, Jill Soloway, Spike Jonze, Paul Thomas Anderson, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Jay and Mark Duplass, Todd Haynes, Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, and many others.
Directed by Diffan Sina Norman
A devout woman’s lust for virtue thrusts her family into a sacrificial slaughter of biblical proportions. 2020, Malaysia/U.S., in English and Malay with English subtitles, 9 minutes.
Directed by Thea Hollatz
Ace is having a hot flash, and she’s about to go live on local television. Director Thea Hollatz shows how one woman tries to keep her cool when one type of flash leads to another. 2019, Canada, 9 minutes.
The Deepest Hole
Directed by Matt McCormick
While the space and arms races are Cold War common knowledge, few know about the United States and Soviet Union’s race to dig the deepest hole. This is particularly surprising since Hell may have been inadvertently discovered in the process. 2020, U.S., 12 minutes.
Directed by Ashley Williams
A pregnant vegan struggles with her newfound craving for meat. 2020, U.S., 10 minutes.
Directed by Keisha Rae Witherspoon
A film crew follows three grieving participants of Miami’s annual T Ball, where folks assemble to model R.I.P. t-shirts and innovative costumes designed in honor of their dead. 2020, U.S., 14 minutes.
So What If The Goats Die (Qu’importe si les bêtes meurent)
Directed by Sofia Alaoui)
Abdellah, a young shepherd living in the mountains, is forced to brave the snow blocking him in order to get food and save this cattle. Once he gets to the village, he faces a supernatural phenomenon. Winner, Sundance Film Festival Short Film Grand Jury Prize. 2020, France/Morocco, in Berber with English subtitles, 23 minutes.
2019/2020, U.S/Malaysia/Canada/France/Morocco, 80 minutes. Recommended for 16+.