In about a week and a half from now the 2010 Sundance Film Festival will get underway, and a few of us here at Cinematical (Scott Weinberg, Eric D. Snider, Kevin Kelly, Erik Childress and yours truly) will be heading to sunny Park City, Utah with one mission: to bring back word on what could be some of the hottest (and most worthwhile) independent films of 2010. While we continue our Sundance Primer series through this week, we also thought it might be a good time to throw some love at all the short films premiering at this year's festival (because once things get started, the poor shorts always seem to get shafted). Yes, this year's short film lineup does include films from Spike Jonze and James Franco -- and I'm sure you'll see coverage of those two all over these internets -- but what about the others?

We'll definitely try to get you some coverage of the shorts once the festival begins, but in the meantime a whole bunch of them have put up trailers online (and, keep this under your hat, but in some cases you can watch the entire film). In order to make it so you don't have tons upon tons of videos to scroll through, we decided to split this up into two parts. Today we'll bring you trailers, teasers and footage from the shorts screening in the following three categories: U.S. Dramatic Shorts, U.S. Documentary Shorts, and U.S. Animated Shorts. Next time we'll show you what's out there for all the foreign language shorts. Oh, and if you're involved with a film and there's a trailer online, but you don't see it on here, then shoot us a note and we'll make sure it gets the proper love.

Head after the jump to watch the first round of trailers ...