The 2011 Sundance Film Festival has announced its program of shorts, featuring a few familiar faces, some strange faces and some animated faces. Among the familiar, comics Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jack Black, Elijah Wood and Seth Rogen star in "Fight for Your Right Revisited," a remake of the Beastie Boys 1987 party anthem. Among the strange and animated is a short about a shoe-wearing shell named Marcel.
"Shorts are a great place for experimentation and risk-taking," said Todd Luoto, festival shorts programmer. "Features usually are conventional, with a three-act structure. With shorts, filmmakers can do whatever they want, try new things, and if it doesn't work out, you've only lost 5 to 10 minutes. In the 81 films we've chosen, out of about 6,500 submissions, you get to see a whole bunch of different sensibilities, different regions and different voices."
The films represent 21 countries, according to Trevor Groth, the festival's programming director.
"It's a marvel to discover the creativity in this year's shorts program," Groth said in a prepared statement. "These filmmakers are charged with telling compelling stories, nurturing breakout performances and engaging the audience, all in a fraction of the time allocated to features, and each one delivers."
The Sundance Film Festival will be Jan. 20 though 30 in Park City, with satellite sites in Ogden, Salt Lake City and Sundance. Individual tickets go on sale Jan. 8. For full festival information, visit www.sundance.org.