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Sundance hands out prizes for short pics

'Fishing Without Nets,' 'Robots of Brixton' among honorees

Sundance Institute announced the jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday evening. Award recipients will also be honored at the festival’s awards ceremony, which Parker Posey will host on Saturday. Event will be live-streamed on the fest’s website.

“The explosion of interest in the short form is evidenced by the record number of short films submitted to this year’s festival,” said Sundance programmer Trevor Groth. “Our shorts programming team as well as audiences at the festival have been struck by the depth of quality and uncompromised voices present in these stories from around the world. Our esteemed jury selected seven winners from a field of 64 that represent a talented group of artists who are sure to continue pushing the limits of creative filmmaking.”

This year’s short film program is comprised of 64 shorts selected from a record 7,675 submissions. Jurors included “Beavis and Butt-Head” creator Mike Judge, “Pariah” writer-director Dee Rees and Shane Smith, director of public programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

This year’s program was presented by Yahoo, which will showcase a selection of nine short films on Yahoo! Screen, the company’s premium video destination, where the features will remain accessible for six weeks.

Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking: Cutter Hodierne’s “Fishing Without Nets”

Jury Prize in Short Film, U.S. Fiction: Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie’s “The Black Balloon”

Jury Prize in Short Film, International Fiction: Blerta Zeqiri’s “The Return” (“Kthimi”)

Jury Prize in Short Film, Non-Fiction: Lucy Walker’s “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Jury Prize in Animated Short Film: Grant Orchard’s “A Morrning Stroll”

Special Jury Award for Comedic Storytelling: Brie Larson, Sarah Ramos and Jessie Ennis’ “The Arm”

Special Jury Award for Animation Direction: Kibwe Tavares’ “Robots of Brixton”