#screensparks: Sundance London Announces 2017 Shorts Program

The Sundance Film Festival’s London-based event announced its program of shorts to be screened as part of the larger line-up that takes places on June 1-4 at Picture House Central West End.

The 95-minute program includes 7 short films that have garnered praise not just at Sundance, but at other film festivals on the calendar as well. Anu Valia’s 15-minute short Lucia, Before And After is about a young woman who must wait out Texas’s state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed. Her previous short film Drifters earned Valia a Special Jury Award at the New Orleans Film Festival and Best Experimental Short at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in the UK.

Chilean filmmaker Francisca Alegria’s short film And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye, follows a woman who was visited by a ghost with unexpected intentions, was nominated at the Oldenburg Film Festival and screened as part of Toronto International Film Festival’s Shortcuts Program.

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival Short Film program

5 Films About Technology (Director/Screenwriter: Peter Huang) – Take a satirical look at the dumber side of technology.

And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye (Director/Screenwriter: Francisca Alegria) – Emeteria is visited by the ghost of her patrón, Teodoro. She believes he has come to take her to the afterlife—but he has more devastating news. Winner of the Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction.

Come Swim (Director/Screenwriter: Kristen Stewart) – This is a diptych of one man’s day, half impressionist and half realist portraits.

Lucia, Before And After (Director/Screenwriter: Anu Valia) – After traveling 200 miles, a young woman waits out Texas’s state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed. Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction.

Night Shift (Director/Screenwriter: Marshall Tyler) – Get a glimpse into a day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.

Pussy (Director/Screenwriter: Renata Gasiorowska) – Alone at home one evening, a young girl decides to have a solo pleasure session—but not everything goes according to plan.

Ten Meter Tower (Co-Directors: Maximilien Van Aertryck, Axel Danielson) – People who have never been up a 10-meter diving tower must choose whether to jump or climb down in this entertaining study of people in a vulnerable position.

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