The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 92-minute theatrical program of 7 short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for close to 40 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2021 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers and shows that short films transcend traditional storytelling.
The Festival has always treated short films with the highest regard and gives a home to both established and new filmmakers with shorts for audiences to discover and celebrate. From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is made for risk-taking. Short films are a significant and popular way artists can connect with audiences.
The Festival’s Short Film Program has long been established as a place to discover talented directors, such as past alumni Andrea Arnold, Lake Bell, Damien Chazelle, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jay and Mark Duplass, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Debra Granik, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Todd Haynes, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Joey Soloway, Taika Waititi, and many others.
BJ’s MOBILE GIFT SHOP
Directed and written by Jason Park
A young Korean-American hustler runs throughout the city of Chicago making sales out of his “mobile gift shop.” In English and Korean with English subtitles (US 2021) 16 min.
Directed and written by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
A Black man laments as he comes face-to-face with the realities of being Black in the 21st century. (Canada 2020) 4 min.
Directed and written by Serhat Karaaslan
In a town in Turkey, a young couple is looking for some privacy. They are rejected from the hotels because they do not have a marriage certificate. When they think they found a way, the situation gets out of hand. The Criminals received the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Writing. In Turkish with English subtitles (France/Romania/Turkey 2020) 23 min.
Directed and written by Kang-min Kim
My mother’s dreams have always been strong premonitions for important moments in my life. I rely on her dreams more than any religion. (U.S./South Korea 2020) 9 min.
TO KNOW HER
Directed by Natalie Chao
A poetic exploration of the camera’s gaze and a family’s relationship with the filmmaker’s mother. (U.S./Hong Kong 2021) 15 min.
Directed and written by Melody C. Roscher
Amidst a racially tense Southern wedding, a biracial bride has the chance to confront her estranged Black father after accidentally hiring his wedding band to perform. (US 2021) 10 min.
WIGGLE ROOM | USA
Directed and written by Sam Guest and Julia Baylis
Determined to save her wheelchair ramp from repossession, Daisy confronts the shady insurance agent who owes her money. Wiggle Room received the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Acting. (US 2021) 13 min.
WEDNESDAY 4:15 -FINAL DAY!
$12.50 General | $9. Senior • Youth • Matinée | $7 CFI Members