A Small Domain

A Small Domain
Directed by Britta Sjogren
Produced by Britta Sjogren
Andrea Sperling
Written by Britta Sjogren
Starring Ana Gasteyer
Music by Blake Leyh
Cinematography Greg Watkins
Edited by Dody Dorn
Britta Sjogren
Release dates
January 1996
Running time
18 mins.
Country United States
Language English

A Small Domain is a 1996 short film written and directed by Britta Sjogren. It premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film, and subsequently won several festival awards during 1996 and 1997. Sjogren was inspired by her friendship with actress Beatrice Hayes and Haye's relationship with her late husband.[1] Hays took the role of the character based on her.


An elderly woman prepares to celebrate the anniversary of her marriage to her late husband. She steals what she needs and ends up taking home a baby that she finds at a bus stop.



In 1996, A Small Domain won the Short Filmmaking Award at the Sundance Film Festival,[2] the Special Jury Award at the USA Film Festival and Special Recognition at Aspen Shortsfest. In 1997 it won the SXSW Competition Award at the SXSW Film Festival,[3] the Special Jury Artistic Merit Award at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival and the North Carolina Filmmaker Award at the Charlotte Film & Video Festival.[4]


  1. Spivey, Angela (1997). "A Small Domain". Endeavors. Archived from the original on 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  2. Bowen, Peter (September 1996). "Bringing up Indie - film producer Andrea Sperling - Interview". ArtForum. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  3. Levy, Emanuel (1997-03-12). "'Lily' cops top SXSW fest prize". Variety. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  4. "Awards for A Small Domain". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-28.

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