The horror animation short Night Bus by Joe Hsieh won at Sundance Film Festival 2022.
The Short Film Jury Award: Animation of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival was awarded to Taiwanese director Joe Hsieh for the horror film 'Night Bus' (Director and Screenwriter: Joe Hsieh, Producers: Wan Lin Lee, Joe Hsieh, Joe Chan).
The 20-minute animation film, which previously won the Grand Prix at Animafest Zagreb 2021, tells the story of a late-night ride bus.
A panicked scream shatters the night’s calm. A necklace is stolen, followed by a tragic and fatal road accident. The series of intriguing events that follows reveal love, hatred, and vengeance.
Watch the trailer for Night Bus:
Sundance Festival Juror Kevin Jerome Everson said, “With its deft handling of film noir sensibilities, well rounded storytelling, suspense and deeply crafted characters this film takes us on a ride figuratively and literally.”.
Here's a short Sundance presentation with director Joe Hsieh talking about the film. He was fascinated by observing people and their reactions, in a film that took him 5 years to make.
And the online award ceremony, in which the director describes his award as 'a dream come true'
2021 award recipient for the Short Film Jury Award; Animation was Bastien Dubois with the French film, 'Souvenir, Souvenir'.
Sundance Film Festival took place online, 20-30 January 2022.