Sundance Film Festival 2008

Continuing its commitment to short film, Sundance has expanded its short film section - so we've split our coverage. This year's selection of 41 films are split into dramatic, documentary, animation and a new experiemental category. They "reinforce the genre as one which represents creativity and technological innovation".

View other Sundance Film Festival Films by strand: Independent Feature Competition: Documentary, Independent Feature Competition: Dramatic, International Short Films: Animation, International Short Films: Documentary, International Short Films: Dramatic, International Short Films: Experimental and Mixed Media, New Frontier, Park City At Midnight, Premieres, Spectrum: Documentary, Spectrum: Dramatic Spotlight, US Short Films: Animation, US Short Films: Documentary, US Short Films: Dramatic, World Cinema Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition

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Count Backwards from Five and The Drift
Because Washington Is Hollywood For Ugly People (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung)
A video animation that adopts the form of viral advertising to reduce contemporary events to a cartoonlike mythology, touching on identity politics, US foreign policy, sexuality, and power.
Count Backwards from Five (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Tony Gault; Writer: Tony Gault)
A visual exploration of generosity and addiction that commemorates the filmmaker's brother's recent passing.
The Drift (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Kelly Sears; Writer: Kelly Sears; Stars: Anthony McCann)
A 1960s space mission goes awry, resulting in a strange disappearance and cosmic transmissions. The fall-out of this journey forever changes life back on Earth and launches a counter-culture revolution.
Gas Zappers (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung; Writer: Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung)
A short animation about climate change, where an ironically over-appropriated and fuzzy polar bear, abruptly finds itself in a position to save its home.
Ignite (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Shawn Bannon; Writer: Shawn Bannon)
The 2007 fires of Griffith Park. Shot with seven time-lapse cameras. An experimental perspective that is beautiful, eerie, and captivating.
Number One (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Leighton Pierce; Writer: Leighton Pierce)
Water imagery engages the experience of elasticity between varying states of mind.
Untitled #1 (From The Series Earth People 2507) (Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Nao Bustamente; Stars: Fufurufu as the herd of buffalo)
An enchanting meditation on an ancient species from the future using found footage, cell phone video, and crude chroma key effects to create a coherent and petite spell. The rendition of buffalos made from a "herd" of toy poodles tweaks at our understanding of the symbolic world.

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