The by-all-accounts extremely strong 2015 Sundance Film Festival still has a few days left, but the short-film competition has drawn to a close, choosing its winner: Don Hertzfeldt’s “World Of Tomorrow.” That isn’t a huge surprise: Hertzfeldt’s hand-drawn shorts and features have won him acclaim since the mid-1990s, when work done late in his teens, like “Ah L’Amour,” won him acclaim and a cult following that expanded after his 2000 Academy Award nomination for “Rejected.” His most recent work was the 2012 feature It’s Such A Wonderful Day, an ambitious work that combined several previously released shorts. A new Hertzfeldt cartoon has become something of an event, and this suggests “World Of Tomorrow” is no exception. Hertzfeldt’s other recent work includes this recent Simpsons couch gag. Like “World Of Tomorrow,” it’s also set in the future:
The jury—which included actress Alia Shawkat, photographer Autumn de Wilde, and production designer K.K. Barrett—also handed out shorts awards in the categories of U.S. Fiction (Frankie Shaw’s “SMILF”), International Fiction (Atsuko Hirayanagi’s “Oh Lucy!”), Non-Fiction (Kitty Green’s “The Face Of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul”), and Animation (Paul Cabon’s “Storm Hits Jacket”). Special jury awards went to Cécile Ducrocq’s “Back Alley” for Acting, and Paulina Skibinska’s “Object” for Visual Poetry.