The annual Sundance Film Festival, which ends on Sunday, 27 January, has handed out the awards for best short filmmaking.
The Short Film Grand Jury Prize was awarded to The Whistle from Poland. Marcin is a lowest-league football referee living in a small town near Krakow who dreams of better things.
The Short Film Jury Award: US Fiction was presented to Whiplash, which is about an aspiring drummer who joins an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra.
The Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction was awarded to The Date from Finland in which Tino has to host a date for Diablo, the family’s cat, in front of two women.
The Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction was presented to Skinningrove from the US that feature unpublished images from time spent among the fiercely independent residents of a remote English fishing village.
The Short Film Jury Award: Animation was presented to Irish Folk Furniture / Ireland. Sixteen pieces of traditional folk furniture are repaired and returned home in this animated documentary.
A Short Film Special Jury Award was presented to Until the Quiet Comes from the US. The movie was shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in Watt, Los Angeles. Through the lens of magical realism, themes of violence, camaraderie and spirituality are addressed.