As the 2013 Sundance Film Festival kicked off on January 17, film aficionados around the world were able to kick back and enjoy part of the fun at home--far away from the skiing 'n schmoozing atmosphere of Park City. This year, 12 contenders in the short film category have been made available on YouTube’s Screening Room channel.
A record 8,102 short films were submitted to the team at Sundance this year, and 65 of these were selected for the festival. Among the highlights on the YouTube shorts channel--Broken Night, the frightening new film from Guillermo Arriaga (who wrote several of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s films, including 21 Grams) and acclaimed cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, which was shot entirely on a Nikon D800.
Other shorts now available on a laptop near you include trippy animation, The Event, the broody Black Metal, and the explosive Apocalypse, which features Martin Starr. Watch them all in the slide show above.