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16 Short Toons to Screen at Sundance

Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival Short Film Program comprises 83 short films representing 17 countries from 5,107 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by more than 15% over last year. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 17-27, 2008, with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

The animated shorts include:

THE ADVENTURES OF BAXTER & MCGUIRE: "The Boss" by Mike BlumCHONTO by Carson Mell/USATHE HISTORY OF AMERICA by MK12/USAMY BIODEGRADABLE HEART by Dana Adam Shapiro/U.S.TEAT BEAT OF SEX by Signe Baumane/USA1977 by Peque Varela/U.K.DOG by Hermann Karlsson/IcelandFLIGHTY by Leigh Hodgkinson/U.K.FOR THE LOVE OF GOD by Joe Tucker/U.K.I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE by Cam Christiansen/CanadaI MET THE WALRUS by Josh Raskin/CanadaLAPSUS by Juan Pablo Zaramella/ArgentinaMADAME TUTLI-PUTLI by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski/CanadaPARADISE by Yi Zhou/FranceTHE PEARCE SISTERS by Luis Cook/U.K.YOURS TRULY by Osbert Parker/U.K.

Short films screen in festival theatres prior to a feature film or as part of one of the Festival's eight short film programs. As it has in the past, Sundance Institute will continue its tradition of streaming an exclusive selection of short films online, free of charge at the official website Every day of the festival, one new short film will premiere online for 24 hours. Starting in 2006, The Short Film Program, both at the festival and online, has been graciously supported by Festival Presenting Level Sponsor, Adobe Systems Inc.

In addition, Sundance Institute will make a selection of festival shorts available for purchase and download on three platforms: iTunes, Xbox LIVE and Netflix.

Presented in collaboration with Sundance Channel, the shorts available online will launch simultaneously on all three platforms beginning Jan. 18, 2008 and run through 2011. The selected program of shorts available on these platforms will be announced just prior to the beginning of the festival.

Sundance Film Festival Short Films will be priced at $1.99 each with Netflix is making the Sundance shorts available to its subscribers at no additional fee through its instant watching feature. Xbox 360 will offer yet another $1.99 download-to-own platform from Xbox LIVE.

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