Sundance Announces 2022 Short Films & ‘From The Collection’ Retrospective in Celebration of Sundance Institute’s 40th Anniversary! - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Friday, December 10, 2021

Sundance Announces 2022 Short Films & ‘From The Collection’ Retrospective in Celebration of Sundance Institute’s 40th Anniversary!


59 Short Films to Debut During 2022 Festival; An Additional 40 Titles That Premiered in Previous Editions of Sundance Will Screen at

The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the Short Film program for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the “From the Collection” program, a line-up of 40 short films that will screen online during the Festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the nonprofit Sundance Institute. The 2022 short films will all screen in programs or preceding features in-person in Utah, the majority of them will screen online along with the 40th collection, and a small collection will screen in person at seven Satellite Screens venues around the country during the Festival’s second weekend.. The Festival takes place from January 20-30, 2022.


Kim Yutani, the Festival’s Director of Programming, said “Short films are such a vital part of the independent storytelling culture that Sundance Institute has consistently put its full support behind. We’re all happy for the opportunity this year's hybrid in-person and online Festival model is providing us with: to show the present and future of the form alongside some of the most beloved shorts that have screened at the Festival during its history.”


The 59 short films for the 2022 program were selected from an all-time-high 10,374 submissions. Of these submissions, 4,701 were from the U.S., and 5,673 were international. The 2022 program represents work from 26 countries.


The 40  “From the Collection” shorts have all screened in Park City previously and include early works from talent such as Garrett Bradley, Destin Daniel Cretton, Cheryl Dunye, Nash Edgerton, Tamara Jenkins and Taika Waititi. This selection will play on demand on the Festival’s online platform through the Explorer Pass and available to all passholders from January 20–30 and  complement the 59 short films that are premiering in-person and online as part of the 2022 Festival program.


“Our shorts programming team was honored to curate films for this special presentation. With the 2022 Festival celebrating our ability to converge again, it feels especially rewarding to take a look back and appreciate the storytelling community we’ve built and the conversations we’ve helped nurture over time,” said Mike Plante, Senior Programmer, Short Film. “The films selected for the ‘From the Collection’ program run the stylistic and subject matter gamut, and many of the filmmakers behind them have deepened their connection to the Institute in the years since these shorts first premiered in Utah. We’re so excited for audiences to rediscover them as part of their Sundance experience next January.”


The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Program has always been the section of the Festival where most artists have their first experience at Sundance--since the 1980s, the Institute has recognized the creative risk-taking potential behind this abbreviated art form and screened shorts from documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, becoming a launchpad for independent storytellers. Past alumni of the Short Film Program include Andrea Arnold, Lake Bell, Damien Chazelle, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jay and Mark Duplass, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Debra Granik, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Todd Haynes, Lynne Ramsay, Dee Rees, Joey Soloway, Taika Waititi and many others.


The Institute's ongoing support for short films extends internationally and year-round, with select Festival shorts presented as a traveling program, at theaters in the U.S., Canada and Europe each year, and short films and filmmakers participating in regional and virtual online Master Classes geared towards supporting emerging shorts-makers in several cities.


Khozy Rizal’s Makassar is a City for Football Fans, screening in the International Live Action section, has been named the winner of the Sundance Film Festival: Asia Short Film Competition, and Percolate Galactic’s Rendang of Death, screening in the International Animation section, was named Finalist in the Sundance Film Festival: Asia Short Film Competition.


The 2022 Sundance Film Festival Short Film program is presented by Southwest Airlines®.


Of the 'From the Collection' projects announced today, 10 won awards during the year they premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


The 2022 Sundance Film Festival Short Films can be found in the "SHORT FILM PROGRAM" in the drop-down menu under 'Category'.  

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