Australian film Deeper than Yesterday has been selected for competition in the international shorts competition program at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film, about men who have become savages after three months submerged underwater, is one of only 15 selected in the shorts competition.

It has already won several awards including the Jury Award for Best Short Film at Critics’ Week in Cannes; Best Short at the Chicago International Film Festival; and is in the running for Best Short Fiction Film at the 2010 AFI Awards.

Writer-director Ariel Kleiman also won the Best Short Film Director Dendy award at the Sydney Film Festival and last month took home the the 2010 EFilm Inside Film Award for Rising Talent.

The other short films selected for competition can be found here.

Two Australian feature films are also in competition at Sundance: Mad Bastards and feature documentary Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure.

Melbourne-based scriptwriter Dani Valent is also heading to Sundance – she is co-writer of the US feature film Here, which screens in the US Dramatic Competition program.

The Sundance Film Festival will take place from January 20 – 30, 2011.

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