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Roxie’s Sundance Film Festival 2015 Award-Winning Shorts 

Wednesday, Dec 30 2015

The annual Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films program is usually pretty good, but by definition, only one will go on to be Oscar-winning. The Roxie's Sundance Film Festival 2015 Award-Winning Shorts program, on the other hand, is the straight-up good stuff. (As they're Sundance winners rather than Oscar winners, they also win in street cred.) Among them is the U.S. Fiction winnerSMILF, written and directed by Frankie Shaw, who also stars as Bridgette, a single mother who invites her old lover Dan (Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch) for a booty call that doesn't go quite the way he expected. Winning the International Fiction category is Atsuko Hirayanagi'sOh Lucy!, starring Momoi Kaori as Setsuko, an unmarried 55-year-old "office lady" in Tokyo whose somewhat skeezy English-language teacher (Billy Scott) gives her a blonde wig and christens her Lucy — and allows Setsuko to approach life from a new angle. But the best of this (or any other) bunch is animator Don Herztfeld's Best-of-Fest-winningWorld of Tomorrow, in which a 4-year-old named Emily (Winona Mae) is visited by a third-generation clone of herself from the future (Julia Pott), who explains to her toddler-ancestor what the future holds for herself and humanity. And if the Oscar for Best Animated Short isn't in its future, then our world's tomorrow is truly bleak.

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Sherilyn Connelly


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