Dunst, Rossellini on short list

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Kirsten Dunst's "Welcome" and Isabella Rossellini's "Green Porno" are among the 83 short films selected Wednesday by the Sundance Institute for the Festival Short Film Program at January's Sundance Film Festival.

From more than 5,000 submissions, the actresses-turned-directors along with dozens of helmers from 17 countries were chosen to debut their works before feature films or during one of the festival's eight short film programs.

"This year, we received a record number of submissions, including some of the most dynamic work we've seen in years," said Trevor Groth, senior programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. "We are really proud to present the entire shorts program, which represents a higher level of filmmaking craft than ever before. The work is extremely broad and ranges from outrageous animation to fascinating short documentaries, to original and wild comedies to outstanding dramas."

As in years past, a selection of shorts will stream online at www.sundance.org/festival, with one new film premiering online every 24 hours during the festival, set for Jan. 17-27 in Park City. The films also will be available for purchase and download on Apple's iTunes Movie Store, Xbox Live and the Netflix member Web site beginning Jan. 18.
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