Tag: sundance film festival

Charlotte Well’s ‘Laps’ Short Premieres on Vimeo

Laps, the SXSW award winning short from Scottish director Charlotte Wells, premiered on Vimeo this week. Charlotte’s film, about a women who is sexually assaulted on a crowded New York Subway, won the jury prize at both Sundance and SXSW this year.  She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch school and has produced a variety of projects including shorts, music videos, and a critically acclaimed…

Eliza Hittman’s superb ‘Beach Rats’ opens in LA and NYC

Beach Rats, Eliza Hittman’s follow up to her 2013 feature debut It Felt Like Love, opens in theaters in LA and New York this week. Eliza’s film, which stars Harris Dickinson who plays an aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn who struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, won her the Directing Award at Sundance this year. Beach…

Sundance-winning Short ‘Lucia, Before and After’ Nominated in The Wrap’s Shortlist Film Festival

Anu Valia’s Lucia, Before and After has been nominated in The Wrap’s 2017 Shortlist Film Festival. The short film earned the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year as well as a nomination at SXSW. The 15-minute short is about a young woman who must wait out Texas’s state-mandated 24-hour waiting period before her abortion can proceed. Her previous film Drifters scored a Special Jury…

Work begets work: Jim Cummings on his Sundance-winning short ‘Thunder Road’

Actor, writer and director Jim Cummings can notch 2016 up as one of the most significant years in his professional film career. In the space of just a few months, the LA-based filmmaker scored a host of important awards for his funny and sentimental short Thunder Road, including major prizes at SXSW, Palm Springs Shortfest, Los Angeles Film Festival, Chicago and Atlanta Film Festivals as…

#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…

Two Female Directors Lead List of Major 2017 Sundance Short Film Award Winners

Two female directors have scored two of the three major short film prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Anu Valia won the Jury Award for U.S Fiction for Lucia, Before and After. Francisca Alegría picked up the international equivalent award for her short And The Whole Sky Fit In The Dead Cow’s Eye. The main Grand Jury Prize was won by Japanese newcomer Makoto Nagahisa…

#screensparks: solid buzz surrounds rob savage’s dawn of the deaf short at sundance

There is significant buzz around UK director Rob Savage’s short Dawn of the Deaf which screened as part of the Sundance Film Festival International Narrative Short Film category this year. Savage’s sci-fi short, which centers on a small group of deaf people who must band together to survive after a strange sound wipes out the hearing population, screened 4 times during the festival, enjoying rave…

#screensparks: new animated short from william caballero to screen at sundance

The latest animated short Victor and Isolina from multimedia producer and director William Caballero will screen in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Caballero’s new work is about an elderly Puerto Rican couple, who while living apart, recount their relationship over time. The 6-minute short is made using a hybrid-animation style with 3D-printed characters. Caballero, who studied at Pratt Institute in New York, has had…