The Sundance Film Festival has recently announced their animated short film selections for 2016, scheduled for January 21-31 in Park City, Utah.
Twelve animated shorts were selected for the animated shorts category at Sundance 2016. Last year's overall winner was the absolutely delightful World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt. He set the bar high, so it will be interesting to see which of the films listed below will be chosen the winner. I love the variety of animation styles and subjects.
Pombo Loves You/ United Kingdom (Director: Steve Warne, Screenwriter: Josh Blaaberg)
A distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as '80s TV character Pombo.
Waves '98/ Lebanon (Director and screenwriter: Ely Dagher)
Disillusioned with life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar's discovery lures him into the city. Immersed into a world that is close yet isolated, he loses track and finds himself struggling to keep his attachments and sense of home.
Life Smartphone / China (Director and screenwriter: Chenglin Xie)
The phenomenon of increasing smartphone addiction can be attributed to today's cutting-edge technology. Staring at glowing screens instead of exploring the vast expanse of life, people are gradually alienating themselves from the richness, depth, and loveliness of life.
The Itching/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Dianne Bellino)
In this parable, a shy wolf tries to connect with a group of hip, party-loving bunnies but finds her body is in revolt.
A Coat Made Dark / Ireland (Director and screenwriter: Jack O'Shea) -- Two burglars strike it rich after stealing a mysterious coat. So begins this darkly comic tale, in which Midnight, an anthropomorphized dog, and his human servant Peter, struggle for power, courtesy of the coat.
Bob Dylan Hates Me/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Caveh Zahedi)
Independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi meets his childhood idol.
Deer Flower/ South Korea, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kangmin Kim)
Dujung, an elementary school student, goes to a farm in the suburbs with his parents. While his parents believe the expensive and rare specialty from the farm will strengthen their son's body, Dujung suffers side effects.
The Grandfather Drum/ Canada (Director and screenwriter: Michelle Derosier)
As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, the elder Naamowin builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people.
Shiny/ U.S.A. (Directors: Spencer Susser, Daniel Cloud Campos)
A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the Midwest puts to rest a world that's obsessed with "the priceless," also known as "the shiny."
Limbo Limbo Travel
In a country where men seem more interested in their electronic gadgets than their peers, a group of lonely and disillusioned women take the Limbo Limbo bus. Off to a far exotic country, they hope to find happiness.
Edmond / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Nina Gantz) -- Edmond's impulse to love and be close to others is strong--maybe too strong. As he stands by a lake contemplating his options, he reflects on his defining moments in search of the origin of his desires.
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