With an exciting selection of short films from across the U.S. and around the globe, Sundance has long provided a prestigious launchpad for new talent. For three decades, Sundance has shown innovative and enigmatic short films under 50 minutes in runtime across all genres, from traditional to experimental works. These shorts are presented in advance of fantastic feature-length works, and are also collected into unforgettable shorts compilations. Filmmaking talents discovered by way of Sundance short film screenings include Paul Thomas Anderson, Andrea Arnold, Jay and Mark Duplass, Chris Eyre, Cary Fukunaga, Debra Granik, Sam Green, Todd Haynes, Don Hertzfeldt, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell, and Tamara Jenkins.
Exhibiting filmmakers at Sundance vie for a range of coveted awards, including the Short Film Grand Jury Prize; Jury Prizes in Animation, Documentary, and Fiction (U.S. and International); and two Special Jury Prizes. Guests and filmmakers can enjoy the additional splendors of the festival at gala screenings, parties, networking events, panels, conversations, film music events, and more.