The Sundance Film Festival has awarded Polish director Grzegorz Zariczny’s doc The Whistle (pictured) with the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, while American director Michael Almereyd’s Skinningrove took the Short Film Jury Award for non-fiction.
The Whistle follows Marcin, a lowest-league football referee, who lives in a small town near Krakow. He is urged by his mother to change his life, find a girlfriend, and get a better job.
The 15-minute long Skinningrove, meanwhile, sees photographer Chris Killip sharing unpublished images from his time spent among a remote English fishing village and its fiercely independent residents.
Sundance’s short film program was made up of 65 short films, and its jurors were Funny or Die‘s president of production, Mike Farah; independent filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt; and Toronto International Film Festival short film programmer Magali Simard.
The program, presented by YouTube, will have 12 short films from the festival featured on the Sundance Institute-curated YouTube channel, The Screening Room. After the festival, the Institute will continue to curate The Screening Room, highlighting short films each week.
“The short film awards further distinguish those that pushed the medium in new directions and affected audiences in powerful and lasting ways,” said Trevor Groth, director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival.