The Sundance Film Festival has named the winners of the short film jury awards for non-fiction, while the Sundance Institute has unveiled details of a US$50,000 short film challenge supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Israeli film I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked and Russian doc Love. Love. Love. won short film jury awards at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Yuval Hameiri and Michal Vaknin received the Short Film Jury Award for Non-fiction for Footage, which looks at a man who tries to recreate a lost memory of the last day he spent with his mother.
Meanwhile, Sandhya Daisy Sundaram’s Love. Love. Love., about a woman whose love takes new forms every winter, won a Short Film Special Jury Award for Non-fiction.
The festival’s short film program featured 66 shorts. Its jury consisted of writer-director Vernon Chatman, filmmaker Joshua Leonard, and Ania Trzebiatowska, artistic director of Poland’s Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on January 25.
Meanwhile, the Sundance Institute has unveiled details of a short film challenge, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which will focus on celebrating imaginative solutions for global poverty and hunger. Following an international call for three- to eight-minute narrative and documentary submissions, five selected projects will each receive US$10,000 and debut at the 2015 festival. The deadline for submissions is July 1.
Five short films, created to kick-off the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, premiered at a private screening in Park City and will become available online later this year.
They include Oscar-winner Megan Mylan’s documentary After My Garden Grows, Hank Willis Thomas and Christopher Myers’ experimental doc Am I Going Too Fast?, Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman’s doc Kombit, Ritesh Batra’s narrative feature The Masterchef, and Tod Lending’s doc Vezo.