Sundance Film Festival Animated Shorts

Wednesday, January 21 - Thursday, January 29, 2015

On the eve of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, catch up with these eight acclaimed animated shorts from previous festival editions. A rambunctious ride from some of the world’s most creative animators, the program ranges from handmade drawing and painting to puppetry, to tell innovative, entertaining tales of love, art, bubbles, nudism, the creation of the universe and what it all means to you. Please note: these animated shorts are appropriate for audiences 15 and up.

Belly (Written and directed by Julia Pott. United Kingdom, 2011, 7 minutes) Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.

It’s Such A Beautiful Day (Written and directed by Don Hertzfeldt. USA, 2011, 23 minutes) In the third and final chapter of Hertzfeldt’s Everything Will Be OK, Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems.

Marilyn Myller (Written and directed by Mikey Please. USA/United Kingdom, 2013, 6 minutes) Marilyn maketh. Marilyn taketh awayeth. Marilyn is trying really hard to create something good. For once, her expectation and reality are going to align. It will be epic. It will be tear-jerkingly profound. It will be perfect. Nothing can go wrong.

The Obvious Child (Written and directed by Stephen Irwin. United Kingdom, 2013, 12 minutes) Somebody broke the girl’s parents. The rabbit was there when it happened. It was an awful mess.

Oh Willy… (Written and directed by Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef. Belgium/France/ Netherlands, 2012, 17 minutes) Willy returns to his naturalist roots as he bungles his way into noble savagery.

Subconscious Password (Written and directed by Chris Landreth. Canada, 2013, 11 minutes) Chris Landreth, the director of the Academy Award–winning short Ryan, plays Charles, a man paralyzed by his inability to remember a friend’s name. Thus begins a mind-bending romp through a game show of the unconscious—complete with animated celebrity guests.

Voice on the Line (Written and directed by Kelly Sears, USA, 2009, 7 minutes) The era of nuclear anxiety, the Red scare, and covert CIA plots forever changed the way we engage with the telephone.

Yearbook (Written and directed by Bernardo Britto, USA, 2013, 6 minutes) Short Film Jury Award: Animation, Sundance Film Festival 2014 – A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.

  • Country USA/UK/Canada/Belgium/France/Netherlands
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 95 minutes

IFC Center does not generally provide advisories about subject matter or potentially triggering content in films, as sensitivities vary from person to person. In addition to the synopses, trailers and other links on our website, further information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media, IMDb and as well as through general internet searches.