Unique talents and ideas for various short films were submitted to be selected for Sundance Movie Festival 2021. However, with such remarkable submissions it was difficult for the Institute to select top notch projects.
To qualify for this International Narrative Short Films category, finances should be outside of the U.S. while it shall be a fictional work of improvisation or a well scripted project.
The list below is a brief of the 9 selected works.
Are You Hungry? – Finland
Directed by Teemu Niukkanen, shows struggles of a mother reconnecting with her teenage son, who she assumes is gay.
Backpedal – Australia
Director and screenwriter Dani Pearce explores womanhood in his work.
Bad Hair – Estonia
Directed by Oscar Lehemaa shows how a hair growing liquid ends up creating a big chaos.
Benevolent Ba – Malaysia, U.S.A.
Diffan Sina’s film shows a story of a woman’s family sacrificial lust.
The Devil’s Harmony – United Kingdom
Directed by Dylan Holmes is a story of revenge of a bullied teenage girl.
Exam – Iran
A teenage girl’s misery as she gets stuck in cocaine dealing by director Sonia K. Hadad.
Former Cult Member Hears Music For The First Time – Norway, U.S.A.
Events that lead after a woman escapes from an abusive family by Kristoffer Borgili.
I’ll End Up in Jail – Canada
Directed by Alexandre Dostie is about a mum who gets caught up in a murder mystery.
Leave of Absence – Russia
Shows suppressed masculinity has in Russia by Anton Sazonov.
No One is Crazy in This Town – Indonesia
Directed by Wregas Bhanuteja (The mentally ill shift to the forest)
Olla – France, United Kingdom
Directed by Ariane Labed portrays how Olla evolves after using a dating site.
Paola Makes A Wish – Switzerland (Paola, ordinary day becomes exciting)
Director: Zhannat Alshanova
Pattaki – Cuba
Director: Everlane Moraes (How Yemaya takes over a waterless life)
Regret – Canada
Director: Santiago Menghini (A man fights his demons after his father’s death)
Sadla – South Africa
Director: Zamo Mkhwanazi (Nathi’s communications with authority)
So What If The Goats Die – France, Morocco
Director: Sofia Alaoui (a young shepherd encounters a supernatural phenomenon)
Song of Clouds – Nepal
Director: Ankit Poudel (An afterlife meditation)
Sticker – Macedonia
Director: Georgi M. Unkovski (Dejan as a responsible father)
A Thousand Sails – Hong Kong
Director: Hing Weng Eric Tsang (Ren keeps a promise for her neighbor’s son)