August 26, 2014 - 14:55 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - A 95-minute program of eight animated shorts will come to theaters this fall, Sundance said Monday, August 25. The program is a combination of four shorts from the 2014 festival, including the animation award winner (Yearbook) and four favorites from previous festivals.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the program will showcase a wide variety of animation styles including handmade drawing, painting and puppetry, and, according to a statement, offer “stories of love, art, bubbles, nudism, the creation of the universe and what it all means to you."
“We had shown a [live-action] shorts program in a few select art house theaters in 2011 and 2012 and then expanded in 2013,” Sundance shorts programmer Mike Plante tells The Hollywood Reporter. “That program wildly exceeded our expectations, going to 57 venues across 28 states from Alaska to Florida -- including an impressive five-week run at the IFC Center in New York -- so we continued the program for this year and are now pleased to add a second program of animated shorts.”
Sundance has been screening animated shorts ever since 1988. Over the years the fest has shown animated films by legends like Jan Svankmajer, The Brothers Quay, Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts), Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit), Oscar winners Adam Elliott and Chris Landreth, Pendleton Ward (Emmy-winning series Adventure Time), Bob Sabiston (creator of the rotoscoping software used in Richard Linklater's Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly) and Emily Hubley (animation sequence in Hedwig and the Angry Inch).
The very first South Park short film by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, entitled The Spirit of Christmas, showed at Sundance in 1997.
Sundance will be announcing the dates and cities in the coming weeks, but has confirmed to THR that the program will premiere at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas in L.A. on Friday, Sept. 26.