The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 80-minute theatrical program of 6 short films selected from this year’s Festival. Widely considered the premier American showcase for short films and the launchpad 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, Lake Bell, Jay and Mark Duplass, Todd Haynes, Lynne Ramsay, Andrea Arnold, and many others.
Benevolent Ba / Malaysia, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Diffan Sina Norman) — A devout woman’s lust for virtue thrusts her family into a sacrificial slaughter of biblical proportions.
Blocks / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Bridget Moloney) — An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit plastic toy blocks.
The Deepest Hole / U.S.A. (Director: 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.
Hot Flash / Canada (Director and screenwriter: Thea Hollatz) — Ace is having a hot flash, and she’s
about to go live on local television. How one woman tries to keep her cool when one type of flash leads to another.
Meats / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ashley Williams) — A pregnant vegan struggles with her
newfound craving for meat.
T / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: 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.
So What If The Goats Die / France, Morocco (Director and screenwriter: Sofia Alaoui) — Abdellah, a young shepherd living in the mountains, is forced to brave the elements blocking him in order to get foodand save his goats. Once he gets to the village, he faces a supernatural phenomenon.
Winner, Sundance Film Festival Short Film Grand Jury Prize.