Institute History

  • 2004 Sundance Film Festival


The Project highlights shorts from directors whose work has been selected by an online community of more than a hundred thousand filmmakers, screenwriters, and film enthusiasts. Founded by Dana Brunetti and Academy Award®-winning actor Kevin Spacey, the website gives undiscovered auteurs, who may lack industry connections or the funding necessary to promote themselves, an interactive platform where they can present their work to other filmmakers, as well as industry and indie professionals. In keeping with the goal of discovering new talent, the website hosts its own Online Short Film Festival three times a year.

These short films, making the leap from computer screen to the big screen at the Sundance Film Festival, represent a selection of the thousands of short films that have been uploaded to since the site was launched. Some of these films were created by amateur filmmakers whose only tools may have been a camcorder and a computer, but who will now see their visions reach a truly global audience.

These films are competing for three awards which will be announced at the Festival. The three winning films will go on to compete against the winners from this year's Online Short Film Festivals for an overall award in February in Los Angeles.

As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]