Sundance unveils Short Film program for 2022 festival

The Sundance Institute has revealed the Short Film program for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 20-30 in Park City, Utah. Also featured at next year’s event will ...
December 10, 2021

The Sundance Institute has revealed the Short Film program for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 20-30 in Park City, Utah. Also featured at next year’s event will be the “From the Collection” program, a lineup of 40 shorts from previous festivals that will screen online to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sundance Institute.

Screening on the opening day of the festival will be a pair of selections from the U.S. non-fiction program, including the world premiere of Long Line of Ladies from directors Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome, which follows a girl and her community as they prepare for her coming-of-age ceremony in the Karuk and Yurok tribes of Northern California.

Also screening on Day One is Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver (pictured) an animated short directed by Lewie Kloster and Noah Kloster, about the completion of Jim Jarmusch’s sophomore film, Stranger Than Paradise, which hinged on producer Sara Driver smuggling a rare and controversial film across the Atlantic Ocean.

“Short films are such a vital part of the independent storytelling culture that Sundance Institute has consistently put its full support behind,” said festival director of programming Kim Yutani. “We’re all happy for the opportunity this year’s hybrid in-person and online Festival model is providing us with: to show the present and future of the form alongside some of the most beloved shorts that have screened at the Festival during its history.”

The 2022 shorts will all screen in programs or precede features being shown in-person in Utah, with the majority of them screening online along with the 40th collection. Some shorts will screen in person at seven Satellite Screens venues around the country during the festival’s second weekend.

The 59 shorts featured in the 2022 program were chosen from an all-time-high of 10,374 submissions. Of these submissions, 4,701 were from the U.S., and 5,673 were international. In all, the 2022 program represents work from 26 countries.

All in-person attendees to Sundance in 2022 will be required to to be fully vaccinated and to wear masks.

The Sundance Institute announced the feature program lineup for the 2022 festival on Thursday (Dec. 9).

The films selected for the U.S. Non-fiction Short Films program are:

Chilly and Milly (U.S.; directed by William David Caballero, produced by Caballero and Elaine Del Valle)

Deerwoods Deathtrap (U.S.; directed by James P. Gannon, produced by Gannon, Joseph K. Gannon, Matt Ferrin, April Gannon, Chris Cipriano and James D. Cochran)

Kicking the Clouds (U.S.; directed by Sky Hopinka)

Long Line of Ladies (U.S.; directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and Shaandiin Tome, produced by Zehtabchi, Garrett Schiff, Pimm Tripp-Allen, Sam Davis and Dana Kurth)

The Martha Mitchell Effect (U.S.; directed by Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy, produced by Beth Levison and Judith Mizrachy)

The Panola Project (U.S.; directed and produced by Rachael DeCruz and Jeremy S. Levine)

Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver (U.S.; directed by Lewie Kloster and Noah Kloster)

Sub Eleven Seconds (U.S.; directed by Bafic, produced by Chloe Sultan, Mahfuz Sultan and Virgil Abloh)

ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (Udeyonv) (What They’ve Been Taught) (U.S.; directed by Brit Hensel, produced by Taylor Hensel, Adam Mazo, Kavi Pillay and Tracy Rector)

What Travelers Are Saying About Jornada del Muerto (U.S.; directed by Hope Tucker)

You’ve Never Been Completely Honest (U.S.; directed by Joey Izzo, produced by Andy Ruse and Jesy Odio)

The International Non-fiction film program selections:

$75,000 (France/Mali; directed by Moïse Togo)

Displaced (Kosovo; directed by Samir Karahoda, produced by Eroll Bilibani)

Listen To the Beat of our Images (French Guiana/France; directed by Audrey Jean-Baptiste and Maxime Jean-Baptiste, produced by Gérard Azoulay)

Prayers for Sweet Waters (South Africa/UK; directed by Elijah Ndoumbe, produced by Naeem Dxvis)

Non-fiction shorts screening in the “From the Collection” program include:

575 Castro St. (U.S.; directed by Jenni Olson, 2009 Sundance Film Festival)

All Water Has a Perfect Memory (U.S., Mexico; directed by Natalia Almada, 2002 Sundance Film Festival)

Alone (U.S.; directed by Garrett Bradley, produced by Lauren Domino and Dolly Turner, 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Short Film Jury Award: Nonfiction)

Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma (U.S.; directed by Topaz Jones and rubberband., produced by Simon Davis, Eric McNeal, Luigi Rossi, Jason Sondock and Kevin Storey, 2021 Sundance Film Festival, Short Film Jury Award: Nonfiction)

Fe26 (U.S.; directed by Kevin Jerome Everson, produced by Madeleine Molyneaux, 2014 Sundance Film Festival)

Gesture Down (I Don’t Sing) (U.S.; directed by Cedar Sherbert, produced by Sherbert, Sherman Alexie and Lois Welc, 2006 Sundance Film Festival)

La Corona (The Crown) (U.S.; directed and produced by Isabel Vega, Amanda Micheli, 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Honorable Mention Short Filmmaking)

Mobilize (Canada; directed by Caroline Monnet, produced by Anita Lee, 2016 Sundance Film Festival)

Shimásání (U.S.; directed by Blackhorse Lowe, produced by Nanobah Becker, Chad Burris, Heather Rae and David Stevens, 2010 Sundance Film Festival)

Solo un Cargador (Peru; directed and produced by Juan Alejandro Ramírez, 2005 Sundance Film Festival)

The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal (U.S.; directed and produced by Matt McCormick, 2002 Sundance Film Festival)

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