Sundance: 'World of Tomorrow' Takes Short Film Grand Jury Prize

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'SMILF' took the Short Film Jury Award.

The Sundance Institute has handed out its prizes for the fest's top short films.

Writer-director Don Hertzfeldt's World of Tomorrow took the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, while writer-director Frankie Shaw's SMILF took the Short Film Jury Award.

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The full winners are below.

Short Film Grand Jury Prize

World of Tomorrow / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Don Hertzfeldt) — A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future.


Short Film Jury Award: U.S.

SMILF / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Frankie Shaw) — A young single mother struggles to balance her old life of freedom with her new one as mom. It all comes to a head during one particular naptime, when Bridgette invites an old friend over for a visit.



Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction

Oh Lucy! / Japan, Singapore, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Atsuko Hirayanagi) — Setsuko, a 55-year-old single so-called office lady in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, Lucy, by her young, unconventional English-language teacher. "Lucy" awakens desires in Setsuko she never knew existed.



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Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction

The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul / Australia (Director: Kitty Green) — Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united their troubled country.



Short Film Jury Award: Animation

Storm hits jacket / France (Director and screenwriter: Paul Cabon) — A storm reaches the shores of Brittany. Nature goes crazy, and two young scientists get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tension and mysterious events clash with enthusiasm and randomness.



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Short Film Special Jury Award for Acting

Back Alley / France (Director and screenwriter: Cecile Ducrocq) — Suzanne, a prostitute for 15 years, has her turf, her regular johns and her freedom. One day, however, young African prostitutes settle nearby, and she is threatened.



Short Film Special Jury Award for Visual Poetry

Object / Poland (Director: Paulina Skibinska) — A creative image of an underwater search in the dimensions of two worlds — ice desert and underwater — told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore.

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