2018 ShortFest Program Index


AD 2018

As the ancient curse goes, “May you live in interesting times.” Stories about today that could only be told now.
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All About My Mother

Whether moving or comedic, these stories touch on the enduring impact our mothers leave on our lives.
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All in the Family

The bonds of family transcend time, distance and personal preference. Through thick and thin, we’re in each other’s business ‘til death us do part.
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And Now For Something Completely Different...

Brace yourself for the surreal, the weird and the psychedelic: these shorts will deliver in spades.
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Animal Instincts

Fish, birds, goats, chickens and everything in between! Whether wild or domesticated, as pets or as a representation of our own true selves, a group of films than explores our complex relationship with animals.
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Around the World in 90 Minutes

A cinematic tour of the world, from Uganda to Bangladesh to the California desert!
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Art Attack

Films that prove the only common trait for artists is their inability to be common.
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Awkward...!

Bad jobs, unexpected kissing (and more), and death can bring up some embarrassing situations. Come laugh and cringe along with our put-upon protagonists.
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Boys & Men

Crises of masculinity abound in this selection of films, in which gender roles are questioned, relationships tested and sexuality cast into sharp relief.
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Brief Encounters

Chance meetings and temporary companionships—sometimes our most deeply felt experiences are drawn from the most fleeting of relationships.
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The Best Years of Our Lives

A spotlight on the stories that celebrate and explore the later stages in life, we follow people as they build new relationships, rediscover who they are, look back on the lives they’ve lived and enjoy the ones they are living.
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Best of Fest 1

A selection of the best of 2018 ShortFest
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Best of Fest 2

A selection of the best of 2018 ShortFest
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Best of Fest 3

Best of Fest 3
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Cardinal Sins

A rollicking program of transgressive characters who prove that while risky, living in sin is not necessarily deadly, and oftentimes it’s a lot of mischievous fun.
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Cast Adrift

On the edge of society, the protagonists of these shorts forge their own paths ahead in a world that offers few concessions.
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Closing Night

Celebrating short filmmakers and those who love them! We'll announce the Audience Award winners, screen the selected Oscar-qualifying films, and wrap it up with a toast to ShortFest at our final party. Screening at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, party immediately following at the Hilton Hotel.
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2018 ShortFest Archive