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    2012 Sundance Shorts

    A collection of shorts from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

    Since 2006, the Belcourt has been one of a handful of venues nationwide to be selected to screen a special package of shorts put together by Sundance programmers under the aegis of the Sundance Institute Art House Project. As the lead up to January’s 2013 Sundance Film Festival begins with the announcement of the lineup, we’re revisiting the standout shorts of the 2012 festival.

    ROBOTS OF BRIXTON
    Dir. Kibew Tavares / England / 6min
    Jury Prize: Animation Direction
    The trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment.

    FISHING WITHOUT NETS
    Dir. Cutter Hodierne / Kenya, USA / 17min
    A story of pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates themselves.

    THE RETURN
    Dir. Blerta Zeqiri / Kosovo / 21min
    Jury Prize: International Fiction
    A man comes back from a Serb prison to his wife and son. Much has changed since he was declared missing, and continuing where they left off four years ago may not be as easy as it seems.

    THE ARM
    Dirs. Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos, Jessie Ennis / USA / 9min
    Jury Prize: Comedic Writing
    In an attempt to keep up with social pressure in a technologically advanced world, Chance starts a texting relationship with Genevieve, a girl he meets at a yogurt shop.

    DON’T HUG ME I’M SCARED
    Dirs. Joseph Pelling, Rebecca Sloan / England / 3min
    A short film about teaching creativity by This Is It Collective.

    FIRST BIRTHDAY
    Dir. Andrew Ahn / USA / 12min
    A gay Korean-American man yearns for a family life just out of reach.

    SONG OF THE SPINDLE
    Dir. Drew Christie / USA / 4min
    An animated, humorous and informative conversation between a sperm whale and a man. Each one tries to convince the other that his brain is bigger.

    FUNGUS
    Dir. Charlotta Miller / Sweden / 9min
    Katrin decides to face her old boyfriend, who is back to collect some of his stuff.

    MEANING OF ROBOTS
    Dir. Matt Lenski / USA / 4min
    The benevolent Mike Sullivan, age 65, has been shooting an epic stop-motion robot sex film in his apartment for the last 10 years. Obsessed with constructing the miniature robot porn stars, his apartment now overflows with thousands of them.

    BEAR
    Dir. Nash Edgerton / Australia / 10min
    Jack means well, but sometimes, good intentions have horrible consequences.