Here are the short films we recommend you stream at Sundance this year!

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For the first time ever, Sundance is a fully-digital experience. Instead of bringing the world to Park City, Utah, the hub of Sundance is coming to the world! This is an exciting opportunity to see well-curated shorts and exciting premieres. Out of the 50 short films playing at this year’s fest, here’s the list of the films we most recommend you check out.

BAMBIRAK


In this recurring series, we review a film currently playing at Le Cinéma Club, the free short & medium-length curated film site. Then, if relevant, we pair it with a short film currently available in the Miniflix library.

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Still from Neo Sora’s THE CHICKEN (2020)

When is it okay to kill and when is it not? Is it ever okay? What about letting someone (or something) die or suffer alone? These are the questions happening beneath the vibrant, haunting THE CHICKEN. Director Neo Sora places us in modern New York City, with a young couple getting ready to move to a bigger, better place. …


How a 2002 re-imagining of a classic 1970s arthouse film shows the possibilities of short form cinema.

The Criterion Collection is known for its epic selection of films old and new, here and abroad. But did you know that you can also find short films as supplements in many of their releases? In this series of articles, we’re reviewing all the major short film supplements found in the Criterion vault. We’ll tell you the reasons to either see it or skip it, depending on what kind of filmmaker or film fan you are.

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Still from FEAR EATS THE SOUL (short film, 2002)

Shahbaz Noshir’s FEAR EATS THE SOUL (2002).

If you’re into international cinema and the title of this short film sounds an awful lot like Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats The…


Two filmmakers, two stylistic approaches and one united interest in cinema and sensation.

Review by Tober Corrigan

In this recurring series, we review a film currently playing at Le Cinéma Club, the free short & medium-length curated film site. Then, if relevant, we pair it with a short film currently available in the Miniflix library.

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Still from Aya Kawazoe’s HUMONGOUS! (2020)

HUMONGOUS! begins with young children running, seemingly without aim or purposeful destination, as the camera paces quickly after. In a cinema-capture method seen most often in Terrence Malick’s collaborations with Emmanuel Lubezki, the camera acts as an imitator of its subjects’ movement, rocking erratically back and forth, up and down, having no locus or framing specifications other than…


We review the 1993 Sundance short film hit that launched a major auteur’s career.

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poster from Wes Anderson’s 1993 short film, BOTTLE ROCKET.

The Criterion Collection is known for its epic selection of films old and new, here and abroad. But did you know that you can also find short films as supplements in many of their releases? In this series of articles, we’re reviewing all the major short film supplements found in the Criterion vault. We’ll tell you the reasons to either see it or skip it, depending on what kind of filmmaker or film fan you are.

Wes Anderson’s BOTTLE ROCKET (1993)

No, we’re not talking about his feature length (and studio film) debut starring Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson. We’re talking about the 13-minute black…


Miniflix continues its reflections on the second half of the ND/NF short film slate.

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In today’s article’s we watched the thought-provoking and visually-stunning selections within Shorts Program 2 of the New Directors/New Films virtual edition of their annual festival. Here’s our thoughts.

The Power Of Waiting


Miniflix reflects on the humor, the sadness and the depth in this year’s short film lineup.

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New Directors/New Films has been one of the most exciting places to see films for nearly 50 years. Focusing exclusively on emerging talent and films that would have otherwise fallen through the cracks, it’s one of the rare high-profile festivals that doesn’t need a star-studded gala or prestige lineup to prove its worth.

And while always having been based in New York City, 2020 has forced new changes, making this the first ever digital-exclusive version of the festival. Now anyone around the world can catch the amazing selections. Perhaps most astonishingly, both curated Short Film Programs are free to rent.


What does a contemporary avant-garde master have to show us about cinema, artificiality and chaos?

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Screenshot from Michael Snow’s THE LIVING ROOM

Review by Tober Corrigan — Miniflix Contributor

In this recurring series, we review a film currently playing at Le Cinéma Club, the free short & medium-length curated film site. Then, if relevant, we pair it with a short film currently available in the Miniflix library.

THE LIVING ROOM opens with a video screen — an image full of self-referential meaning. We see streaks of blue video, like when you stare too close into an old tube television. Slowly the camera pans back to a scene…


What this powerfully understated short documentary has to say about families, race and more.

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Screenshot from HOME VIDEOS (HBO)

Review by Tober Corrigan — Miniflix Contributor

In this recurring series, we review a film currently playing at Le Cinéma Club, the free short & medium-length curated film site. Then, if relevant, we pair it with a short film currently available in the Miniflix library.

HOME VIDEOS has some explosive talent in front of and behind the screen. Key among them is the director and family-interviewer Jerrod Carmichael, a stand-up comedian and popular comedy personality. Behind the camera is Pawel Pogorzelski, known for lensing modern horror classics Midsommar and Hereditary. On the soundtrack is none other than Tyler, the Creator.


The Innovative Short Films of Tim Dillon (and what you can learn from them)

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Comedian Tim Dillon has had quite a 2020. He’s been on Joe Rogan’s extremely popular podcast several times, runs a podcast of his own that clocks several hundred thousand views per episode and still finds time to tour (when COVID restrictions allow).

But perhaps the most interesting content he’s creating doesn’t fit a traditional form or structure. We’re talking about his inventive short sketch videos, also on his YouTube page. Usually 1–3 minutes long, these short films match his aggressive, controversial and politically-charged comedy style. …

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