As the 2024 Sundance Film Festival prepares to kick off with a stellar roster of short films and special events, it promises to be an unforgettable cinematic celebration. Film lovers can look forward to a special mix of new releases, restorations of classics, and discussions with famous artists when the festival takes place from January 18th to the 28th, 2024.

The festival’s short films are its lifeblood; they were hand-picked from a vast set of 12,098 entries. The stories presented in these films span many genres and mediums, from animation to nonfiction, and originate from 22 different nations. Innovation and experimentation are the driving forces behind this year’s program, which seeks to highlight the most unique voices in filmmaking. The festival has a strong history of nurturing new talent, as seen by notable alums like Damien Chazelle, Dee Rees, and Taika Waititi.

“We are pleased to revisit some Festival history through our 40th Edition Celebration Screenings and Events. These are a great complement to our new programming premiering across sections, and our curatorial team is looking forward to bringing the mix of offerings in the 2024 lineup to audiences. From the inception of the Festival, we’ve been huge supporters of short filmmaking and we’re proud to carry that support into this 40th edition of the Festival as well”, Kim Yutani, Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming stated.

When is the 2024 Sundance Film Festival?

The 2024 Sundance Film Festival will take place in Park City and Salt Lake City, with select titles available online nationwide from January 25–28. The ticket packages, passes, and online options, including a dedicated short films online pass, are currently on sale. Single film tickets will be available starting January 11 at 10 a.m. MT.

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List of the 2024 Sundance Film Festival Short Films

U.S. FICTION SHORT FILMS

  • Bay of Herons 
  • Boi de Conchas 
  • Border Hopper 
  • BUST 
  • Didn’t Think I’d See You Here 
  • Dream Creep
  • Flail 
  • Grace 
  • guts 
  • The Heart
  • The Looming
  • The Looming Cloud 
  • The Lost Season
  • Pasture Prime 
  • Pathological 
  • The Rainbow Bridge 
  • Say Hi After You Die 
  • SHÉ (SNAKE) 
  • Thirstygirl

INTERNATIONAL FICTION SHORT FILMS

  • Basri & Salma in a Never-Ending Comedy 
  • Bold Eagle 
  • Bye Bye, Bowser 
  • Dreams like Paper Boats 
  • Essex Girls 
  • Lea Tupu’anga 
  • The Masterpiece 
  • Phoebe 
  • Pisko the Crab Child is in Love 
  • Shalal 
  • The Stag 
  • Terra Mater 
  • Viaje de Negocios 
  • Voice Ever 

ANIMATION SHORT FILMS

  • 27 
  • Baigal Nuur – Lake Baikal 
  • The Bleacher
  • Bug Diner 
  • Dona Beatriz Ñsîmba Vita 
  • Drago 
  • Larry 
  • Martyr’s Guidebook
  • Matta and Matto 
  • Miisufy 

NONFICTION SHORT FILMS

  • 14 Paintings 
  • ALOK 
  • Bob’s Funeral 
  • Ekbeh 
  • Merman 
  • Object 817 
  • Salone Love 
  • The Smallest Power 
  • To Be Invisible 
  • Winding Path 

Screenings & Events of the 40th Edition Celebration

The 40th Edition Celebration Screenings & Events take center stage, offering audiences a rare opportunity to rediscover classic works of independent cinema. The festival presents brand-new 4K restorations of cinematic gems like Napoleon Dynamite, Go Fish, Three Seasons, and an extended version of DIG! titled DIG! XX featuring over 30 minutes of additional footage. These screenings, commemorating anniversaries ranging from 20 to 30 years, promise to be a nostalgic journey for cinephiles.

Festival events go beyond just showing films; they also feature panels with notable alums, such as Power of Story: Four Decades of Taking Chances. The impact of taking creative risks and the lasting impact of autonomous storytelling are the topics of this panel discussion, which includes Miguel Arteta, Richard Linklater, Dawn Porter, and Christine Vachon. In addition, there are chances to celebrate and network at special events such as alumni social gatherings and a 40th Edition trivia night.

Napoleon Dynamite 

Park City screening on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. followed by a conversation with screenwriter Jerusha Hess, actor Jon Heder, and more.

The Babadook

Park City screening on Thursday, January 25 at 10:30 p.m. followed by a conversation with director Jennifer Kent and more.

Mississippi Masala

Park City screening on Wednesday, January 24 at 3:15 p.m. followed by a conversation with director Mira Nair and more.

Go Fish

Park City screening on Wednesday, January 24 at 12:00 p.m. followed by a conversation with director Rose Troche, producer John Pierson, and more.

The Times of Harvey Milk 

Park City screening on Thursday, January 25 at 12:15 p.m. followed by a conversation with director Robert Epstein and more.

DIG! XX 

Park City screening on Tuesday, January 23 at 8:30 p.m. followed by a conversation with director Ondi Timoner, producer David Timoner, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Joel Gion.

Pariah 

Park City screening on Friday, January 26 at 6:45 p.m. followed by a conversation with director Dee Rees.

Three Seasons

Park City screening on Thursday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. followed by a conversation with director Tony Bui, producers Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente, and more.

Power of Story: Four Decades of Taking Chances

Tuesday, January 23, 3–4:30 p.m.

Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St.

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Featuring: Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army), Christine Vachon (Past Lives).

The 40th Edition Short Film Show with Mark & Jay Duplass

Tuesday, January 23, 7:30 p.m.

Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St.

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