Sundance sets short film program

Works by Spike Jonze, James Franco selected by fest

The Sundance Institute announced the short film program for its 2010 film festival Monday.

Among the 70 U.S. and international films are dramatic shorts from James Franco, Spike Jonze and Liz Tuccillo and a pair of documentary shorts from Jeremy Konner and Derek Waters' "Drunk History" series that features Don Cheadle, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Crispin Glover.

The film festival runs from January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Four of the shorts -- "I'm Here," directed by Jonze; "The Fence," directed by Rory Kennedy; "Logorama," directed by Francois Alaux, Herve de Crecy and Ludovic Houplain; and "Seeds of the Fall," directed Patrik Eklund -- will premiere at the Egyptian the first night of the festival, which has ditched the traditional opening night structure.

The shorts screening program, which showcases dramatic shorts, documentary shorts, animated shorts and New Frontier shorts, was drawn from 6,092 domestic and international submissions.

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"This year's short films show extraordinary creativity and originality," said festival programmer Kim Yutani. "Year after year, it's a privilege to showcase incredibly high-quality filmmaking, courageous storytelling, and some of the most exciting new voices in independent film."

The shorts screen before select feature films and as part of one of the festival's seven short film programs. A short film jury awards prizes at a ceremony January 26.