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The 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Films

Exclusive Tri-State engagement !!     September 9 – 11 on the Showboat Majestic, Cincinnati Public Landing

Sundance Shorts

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From 8,000+ short film entries for the Sundance Film Festival, roughly 1% were chosen. This year we have five Jury Award Winners and three outstanding short films picked by the SFF programmers, all notable for their vibrant style, variety and freshness.

You'll enjoy best-of-fest comedy, drama, documentary and animation from these talented and visionary Sundance filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world — four women, four men, all under 40.

Join us for five screenings on the Showboat Majestic to rekindle the 100-year history of floating cinema on American waterways. Learn more about this National Historical Landmark.

The Program

Affections AFFECTIONS USA      
Bridey Elliot, USA, 16 min.

This bittersweet comedy about loneliness follows a young woman who is adrift and seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.


Asantewaa Prempeh, USA/Ghana 13 min.

The lines between trust, betrayal, and forgiveness are intertwined for two Senegalese vendors as they try to survive make a living on the streets of New York City.

 EDMUND   USA UK              
Jury Award: Animation
Nina Gantz, UK/Netherlands, 9 min.

Edmond's impulse to be close to others is strong – maybe too strong. Contemplating his options, he reflects on the defining moments in his life.

Jury Award: Non-Fiction   
Sol Friedman, Canada, 9 min.

In this endearing and frenetic mixed-media short, elderly Razie Brownstone discovers "the Google," which leads her to eat bacon for the first time in her life and contemplate her lifelong Jewish upbringing.


Special Jury Award: Outstanding Performance
Ben Petrie, Canada, 17 min.

In 17 minutes of slow-burn romantic doom, a boyfriend's jealousy and mistrust spiral out of control in the face of his girlfriend's cruel disdain.

 THE GRANDFATHER DRUM   Canada            
Michelle Derosier, Canada, 13 min.

As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, the elder Naamowin builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people.

Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
Calvin Lee Reeder, USA, 4 min.

Kubrik-esque black humor riffs on absurdity as a man is forced to endure a strange and unique eye exam.

Grand Jury Prize
Jim Cummings, USA, 13 min.

Officer Arnaud loved his mom and has an unusual way of sharing his emotions at her funeral. Shot in a one long take, capturing laughter, sadness and love in a single scene.

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