Sundance 2013 Animation Short Selections

The Sundance Film Festival has announced their short film selections for the next edition of the festival, which will take place January 17-27 in Park City, Utah. The following ten films will compete in the animated shorts category:


Benjamin’s Flowers / Sweden (Director and screenwriter: Malin Erixon) — Lovelorn and lonely Benjamin lives on the blurry borderline between fantasy and reality.


Bite of the Tail / South Korea, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Song E Kim) — Life is a constant struggle for a husband and wife. She is suffering from stomach pain, and the doctor has no clue about a cure. Meanwhile, her husband is on his own journey of hunting a snake.


The Event / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Julia Pott, Screenwriter: Tom Chivers) — Love and a severed foot at the end of the world.


Feral / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Daniel Sousa) — A solitary hunter finds a wild boy in the woods and brings him back to civilization. Alienated by his strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.


In Hanford / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Chris Mars) — This heartbreaking true story of a town poisoned by Cold War–era nuclear-arms manufacture is told through firsthand accounts and fantasy scenes, which empathize with the victim’s plight.


Marcel, King of Tervuren / U.S.A. (Director: Tom Schroeder, Screenwriter: Ann Berckmoes) — In this Greek tragedy – as acted out by Belgian roosters – Marcel survives the bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son, Max.


Oh Willy… / Belgium, France, Netherlands (Directors and screenwriters: Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef) — Willy returns to his naturalist roots as he bungles his way into noble savagery.


Seraph / U.S.A. (Director: Dash Shaw, Screenwriters: John Cameron Mitchell, Dash Shaw) — A boy’s childhood scars his life.


Thank You / U.S.A. (Directors: Pendleton Ward, Tom Herpich, Screenwriters: Pendleton Ward, Tom Herpich) — A pack of fire wolves attack a snow golem in the forest and accidentally leave a cub behind after their retreat. The golem’s life is thrown into chaos as he attempts to reunite the cub with its family.


Tram / France, Czech Republic (Director and screenwriter: Michaela Pavlátová) — The humdrum daily routine of a tram conductress is jolted when the vibrations and rhythm of the road turn her on and take her on an erotic and surrealistic fantasy journey.

Their documentary shorts category also features two shorts with animation:


30% (Women and Politics in Sierra Leone) / United Kingdom, Sierra Leone (Director: Anna Cady) — Oil-painted animation brings to life the stories of three powerful women in postconflict Sierra Leone, revealing the violence and corruption women face as they fight for fairer representation in the governance of their country.


Irish Folk Furniture / Ireland (Director: Tony Donoghue) — In Ireland, old hand-painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty, and with a time many would rather forget. In this animated documentary, 16 pieces of traditional folk furniture are repaired and returned home.


  • Spencer

    I really don’t know how I feel about an Adventure Time short being selected for Sundance when it’s supposed to be a place for young independent artists to gain exposure.

    Disclaimer: I friggin’ ADORE Adventure Time.

  • beamish13

    Really excited about these. I had no clue that Chris Mars (formerly of The Replacements) had completed a film, but I’ve seen his gorgeous paintings, and it looks like this piece does a great job of transposing his unique aesthetic to animation.

  • Jon H

    I have to say “In Hanford” really interests me as someone who grew up in the area!

  • E. Nygma

    I have that episode of Adventure Time and it is prretty briliant. Its different than the normal episodes.

  • Confused

    I’m probably the only one who doesn’t get “Tram,” but can someone explain what’s the big deal about this film? Why does it play EVERYWHERE? It’s funny and I suppose vaguely feminist in theme, but is it actually good? I think the graphic style is quite ugly, and none of the ideas are particularly new… And yet it’s at Sundance and Oscar shortlisted…? Why do people like it so much?

  • http://jdweiss.blogspot.com/ Jared D. Weiss

    well well haha. i submitted my film to Sundance just for the hell of it. Now I can see the competition was pretty steep for just 10 films to be selected. Definitely some well deserved selections though.

  • Polecat

    “Thank You” is the only one of these that really looked interesting to me, and the only one with no link to a video clip. Why not?

  • http://www.barrypurves.com Barry Purves

    One day I’d love to get one of my short animated films into Sundance. I seem to have missed out with that festival.

  • pizzaforeveryone

    awesome! congrats, y’all!