Stream Sundance Shorts

(Above: Scene from ‘Manivald’)

You can now see ‘Matria,’ the 2018 Sundance Film Festival winner for best short film, online at — or right here on ‘The Savvy Screener’!

The 20-minute subtitled film from Spain is about Ramona, who, “faced with a challenging daily routine…tries to take refuge in her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter”: has also debuted two animated shorts from this year’s festival.

Like Matria, Croatia’s 13-minute-long Manivald is about a family situation. This time, it’s an overeducated and unemployed fox about to turn 33 who’s still living with his overbearing mother. But the situation changes “when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it”:

In Sweden’s 14-minute-long The Burden, workers in a hotel, supermarket, call center and fast-food restaurant, all pictured as animals, “deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical numbers.” But it’s not a comedy:

SundanceTV said that additional shorts from the 2018 festival will premiere online later this year.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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